Sunday, December 6, 2015

McGuffey Museum - Oxford

 On Saturday (12/5) with half an hour left on the parking meter, Tom suggested we make a quick stop at the McGuffey Museum on the Miami University campus in Oxford. With little time to spend, we were cordially given a guided tour of the first floor. Considering that I went to school at Miami for four years and have returned countless times since, it's surprising that I have never before set foot in the McGuffey Museum.

William H McGuffey house - 1833

 William Holmes McGuffey built this brick home in 1833 (he lived in a fame house on site in 1828). This octagonal table is reported to be the one where McGuffey designed his "Eclectic Reader".

  McGuffey's desk

Tom and our guide in one of the rooms - dining, I believe 

McGuffey's living room 

Steps to the second floor (which we didn't have time to visit)

McGuffey's Fifth Eclectic Reader - 1896 edition
Original copy in the Pinehaven collection

Our copy has a colorized engraving - perhaps colored by a family member

 So little time and so much to see. We'll return when we have more time and can explore at length. In the meantime, more information can be found by clicking here.

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