School Days Circa 1905

Beginning this fall, you will be able to see what life as a student in the early 1900s would have been like. The Desert Caballeros Western Museum will be creating an authentic 1905 schoolroom exhibit in the Garcia Little Red Schoolhouse.

It’s been 100 years now since children first attended school in the Garcia Little Red Schoolhouse. The school bell called students from miles around and a warm fire burned in the corner stove to welcome them to class each day. During some years, three months of lessons was considered a full year of schooling. To qualify as a teacher, one needed to “read, write, do sums, know some grammar, geography, and history, and have a 9th grade ability.”

If you have items from school days in the early part of the 20th century that you would like to donate to the exhibit, bring them by the Schoolhouse at 245 North Tegner, or we can arrange for a pick up.

Future plans for the exhibit include inviting classes from area schools to visit and for students to meet a “teacher” from the era who will take them through a lesson as taught in the early 1900s. If there is a subject you would like to volunteer to teach as if it were still 1905, give us a call at 684-7473 and discuss your idea.

Our special thanks to Royce Kardinal, Mary Ann Igna, and Nathan Augustine at the Museum for offering to make this exhibit come to life for the Schoolhouse. A special event to celebrate the opening of the exhibit will be planned.

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