Wednesday, September 7, 2016


Have you ever wondered about those early brick one room school houses? What education was like in the early days? How the names “Nealeigh”, “Frog Holler” and “Lick Skillet” came to be? Join us Thursday evening September 8 as the AWTHS (Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society) at 7PM at 123 W. George St. in Arcanum.

We are hoping as well some of our attendees will have some stories to share as well.

Our program is the Old One and Two Room School Houses of Southern Darke County. We will focus on the following townships: Twin, Butler, Van Buren, Monroe, and Franklin Twp. Plus a brief history of the first early Arcanum School that we are aware of.

Our program, given by Annette Stewart, is a Power Point and will focus on some of the district #'s, names and locations of the old schools. We've intertwined students and teachers stories along with educational facts of the school and area. Information has been selected from old newspapers, plat maps, souvenir programs, books about old school houses and township minutes as well as personal history from those who attended or taught in our historical landmarks.

Public is invited. Bring your school photos and stories and a copy for our AWTHS library file.

Questions? Please call 937-417-3746.

We are looking for stories of those living in old school houses as well as certain photos that our library collection does not have a copy of such as Swamp Poodle in Monroe Township, Zenger and Mt. Summit in Twin, and Butler Twp. Schools.

Annette is Reference Library Coordinator for the AWTHS. Our library has binders on the old schools in Southern Darke County as well as up to the present with photos and newspaper clippings contained therein. Our collection also contains Arcanum, Butler, and F-M yearbooks and school newsletters, alumni information, and class photos along with numerous digital photos not available in print. Research appointments are recommended and complete details can be obtained through website.

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