Corncrib Schooling

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Among the most remarkable finds is an unpublished manuscript—written in Norwegian—by O. E. Rölvaag, author of Giants in the Earth and himself a country-school teacher. Such materials will be deposited in various state archives for the use of researchers. As well, seminars on the subject began last summer in the first of 240 libraries and historical societies across the West. The seminars include a twenty-fiveminute film and a small traveling exhibit of photographs.

This is the stuff of which what Ray Alien Billington called “history from the bottom up” is made. It demonstrates, among other things, that even under the most abysmal circumstances, the people of the frontier were determined to heed the dictum of Euripides twenty-five hundred years ago: “Whoso neglects learning in his youth/Loses the past and is dead for the future.”