Book Traces the History of Indiana Countyís One-Room Schools

A new book that documents the history of one-room schools in Indiana County from its beginnings in pioneer days to its demise in the middle of the twentieth century is now on sale at the Historical and Genealogical Society of Indiana County.

Society director Coleen Chambers says A Country School Primer: the One-Room Schools of Indiana County, PA is in response to the many inquiries she has had regarding the schools.
Local authors Dorie Leathers and Patricia Johner spent two years researching and writing the book. They used Historical Society files, county histories, and photographs and information that county residents donated.

Their illustrated history includes newspaper articles, souvenirs, memorabilia from school programs and teacher institutes, and old photographs of school buildings, teachers, and students. Historic maps pinpoint the location of school buildings and school districts in a number of Indiana Countyís townships. More than two hundred and thirty one-room schools are represented.

The Country School Primer is the authorsí fourth collaboration for the Historical Society. Dorie Leathers, who is from Blairsville, holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Patricia Johner has a Bachelor of Arts in English from IUP and a Masterís degree in library science from the University of Pittsburgh. She lives in Indiana.

Leathers and Johner will be on hand to sign copies of their book during the Christmas Open House at the Historical Society from 6-9 p.m. on December 13.