Harker’s One-Room Schoolhouses: Visions of an Iowa Icon


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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” received rave reviews, and this book promises the same. An essay by Paul Theobold, nationally known for his expertise in rural education, complements Harker’s artistic portrayal of the decay of yet another rural icon, the one-room schoolhouse, which served generations as a social and community center as well as being the hub of education.