Art Was a Favorite Class in One-Room Schoolhouse

Children enjoyed Friday afternoons in one-room schoolhouse when it was time for art class.

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In our one-room schoolhouse, the last period on Friday was art - we made things for the windows and bulletin boards and for the fair exhibit. There was no copier - extra copies from a pattern were made with a carbon paper. I grant you they weren't as pretty as the bulletin boards of today, but they were the childrens' work. We stressed penmanship, multiplication tables, etc. No computers or calculators.

Gladys Sybrant
Bassett, Nebraska


Back in 1955 a call went out from the editors of the then Capper’s Weekly asking for readers to send in articles on true pioneers. Hundreds of letters came pouring in from early settlers and their children, many now in their 80s and 90s, and from grandchildren of settlers, all with tales to tell. So many articles were received that a decision was made to create a book, and in 1956, the first My Folks title – My Folks Came in a Covered Wagon – hit the shelves. Nine other books have since been published in the My Folks series, all filled to the brim with true tales from Capper’s readers, and we are proud to make those stories available to our growing online community.