William Holmes McGuffey House Museum

William Holmes McGuffey House Museum(Oxford)

William Holmes McGuffey House Museum

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Not exactly a well known spot, the McGuffey House Museum is well worth your time when in Oxford, Ohio. Right on Spring Street, across from the back side of Alumni Hall (department of architecture.) Near the corner of Oak. Open 1-5 Thursday and Friday (And some Saturday hours?). Not far from the Armstrong Student Center.

Built around 1833. Well preserved. Great original furniture and portraits, and also lots of period furniture, some from Miami University. I must have asked Kaylee forty different kinds of questions, from the history of some portraits to how an 1830 sofa could hold up so well to why President Hepburn didn't want female students. She has a broad and deep understanding of history, this university, this museum.

If you can find museum people more informed than Steve Gordon and Kaylee, make sure to visit those museums too.

How did William McGuffey, not too old when this was built, afford it? One possibility is his spouse's dowry. She was the daughter of a judge. Another is that his income was starting to get pretty good, and he may have realized it would stay that way. After his stay at Miami U., he was highly sought after by places like University of Cincinnati and University of Virginia, possibly offered enticing salaries.

I wish we'd had this when I attended Miami, 1975-77. Kudos to the university for acquiring it and staffing it with such great people.

If you haven't been, walk across the street and go to the front side of Alumni Hall, the library built in 1909 (the library until King Library was built around 1972). The original rotunda and foyer is still there as you enter. Go over to the East Studio, as well, to your left as you go back beyond the rotunda. That was added as a reading room in 1922. Still has the original windows, each maybe 6 ft by 10, arched at the top. You can feel how delicious it was for students from 1922 to 1972 to read and study.

For those who didn't go there, Miami is one of the oldest universities in the Midwest, and there is much history to delve into there, such as Peabody Hall on its Western College campus. Elliott and Stoddard Halls are dorms from 1822, still in use.

My view, which could use further scrutiny, is that Miami grads became young professors for a number of Ohio colleges and universities as they started. It helped get the Midwest rolling academically. Miami staff and faculty in many parts of campus were very helpful in my history tour today. For those of you into fraternities and sororities (not me), this of course is the campus to look into their early history.

It's not a hopping town, and droughts have hurt the campus's beautiful trees, especially the maples....but under the surface this is an important place.
撰写日期:2018年11月8日
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tomas417
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I have been wanting to visit the McGuffey House for some time. I found a very beautiful home. It has a most interesting collection. The House focuses on William Homes McGuffey, a professor at Miami University. McGuffey work changed education in the United States in the 19th century. I enjoyed the beautiful portrait and landscapes, the Luman Watson clock, the Cincinnati Coin Silver Collection and the other beautiful antiques in the collection.If you are in Oxford, take time to visit this home.
撰写日期:2018年11月4日
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