Country School Reunion Day

If you enjoyed the "Looking Backward: Lysander Goes to School" series, be sure to check out Country School Reunion Day held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday Aug. 29 under the tent at the Museum at the Shacksboro Schoolhouse, 46 Canton St. in the village.

Everybody who ever attended one of the area's one-room schoolhouses is invited. If your brother or sister attended one, you too are included in the invitation.

Local author Steve McMahon will host the gathering and introduce his new book: "Lysander Goes to School: A History of the Rural Schools of the Town of Lysander, New York in Images and Interviews." Messenger readers have enjoyed Steve's articles about rural schoolhouses and their importance to their local communities.

Before school district centralization, which happened about 1952, more than 40 one-room schoolhouses dotted the landscape. These schools not only educated the next generation, but functioned as community centers for the rural population. Most of the one-room schools' populations were merged into the Baldwinsville Central System. Some, however, found homes elsewhere. Shacksboro School students, for example, became part of the West Genesee System.

Those attending are urged to bring any school memorabilia and photos. If the owner is willing, the photo will be scanned in order to be part of the museum archives. A binder will be there for attendees to write notes and remembrances to serve as a permanent reminder of the day.

The current museum exhibit is 3 R's = Community, a chronicle of the one-room schoolhouses. There are many photos of activities and classes at the schools. Hopefully reunion attendees can help identify some of the missing names in museum photos.

For more information, call the museum at 638-2452 or visit shacksboromuseum.com.

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