Facebook page: Country School Museum
Our Website address is about to change from www.belleviewschoolhouse.org
Hope this doesn't cause any inconveniences!
Our Mission: To educate today's world about the lost but not forgotten one room country schools of America!
The Belleview School District #68 of Sumner County Kansas:
Inside the Belleview School Currently:
The Spring Creek School District #36 of Sumner County Kansas
The school, its outhouses and its coal shed to be restored and used for educational purposes like Belleview!
The Belleview School's restoration in 2010:
Before Rear Classroom
After Rear Classroom (lowered ceiling removed and wallpaper scraped from the bottom of the lowered ceiling up)
Before Front Classroom
After Front Classroom
BEFORE Front corner stage**
AFTER Front corner stage**
**Early on before the schoolboard could afford to purchase a real slate board they had used a painted on surface from window to window all the way around the front of the classroom. We painted this area to 'explain' the history of the school and its progress with time.
Before Cloak Room
After Cloak Room
6 rows of desks to seat around 30 or more students
Recitation area in which students came to the front of the class to be taught by the teacher and then assigned an assignment and sent back to their seats to work on those assignments and older students were expected to help the younger students that were struggling on their assignments while the teacher was busy at the front. Remember there were grades 1-8 thought in the same room at the same time!!
"To educate today's children about the lost but not forgotten one room schools of America"
The year is 1895...
Boys and girls entered seperately (the windows on the front where once doors). Boys on the right and girls on the left. Boys sat on opposite sides of the room from the girls. Wow what a change from today, huh!??
The Belleview Schoolhouse is registered with the Country School Association of America:
And the Kansas State Historical Society: