• Photography by Michael P. Harker
    Iowa's documentary photographer, Michael Harker, has a goal to record Iowa’s historically significant architecture before it disappears forever. His preferred subjects—artistically shot in stark but stunning black and white format—are barns, one-room schools, courthouses, rural churches, banks, and houses from rural areas and small towns. His previous book, "Harker's Barns" ... ... more

  • Photography by Doug Ohman and text by Jim Heynen

    "On the flat windy prairie, The only thing not moving Was a small red schoolhouse...." So opens Schoolhouses of Minnesota, a magical foray into the nearly forgotten world of one-acre school grounds, kerosene lanterns, coal-burning stoves, and old desks that usually had more than fifty years’ worth of ... ... more

  • by Erling Rolfsrud (North Dakota)
    In a delightful homespun way Erling Rolfsrud relates his experiences as a teacher in a one-room schoolhouse on the prairie of North Dakota, including teaching the beautiful 'Palmer Penmanship Method' to students whose hands were more at home with a gopher trap or pitchfork. ... more