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Rose Hill School...Where the Past Meets the Present!

In 1988 the school building took on a new role. It became the site of a living history program entitled, A Day at Rose Hill School. Every day of the school year a different fourth grade class travels to Perry to attend school. The program has been attended by over 66,000 Oklahoma scholars, who were accompanied by over 9,000 teachers and parents.

The "scholars" spend about two weeks in preparation for their trip back in time. Food, games, songs, personal hygiene, and punishments are among things discussed. As they leave the museum to walk to school, the scholars are alerted to the time bridge. As they cross the time bridge over the creek, they travel back in time to 1910. History is fun at Rose Hill School.

This program is operated by the Cherokee Strip Historical Society in cooperation with the Oklahoma Historical Society.


Photograph of Rose Hill School

Rose Hill School


On the museum grounds stands Rose Hill School, a one-room country school built northeast of Perry in 1895. In schools like this one, students received their education from the first through the eighth grade.

Rose Hill was moved to the grounds of the Cherokee Strip Museum in 1971. The school contains most of its original furnishings, including a cast-iron stove and wooden two-seater desks.

A Day at Rose Hill School

Photgraph of Interior of Rose Hill School
Rose Hill School is not only an exhibit of a traditional one-room schoolhouse from Oklahoma's early days, but also a place where children can learn what education was like when their great-grandparents went to school. Now, fourth grade students from all over the state come to Rose Hill School for an enlightening and educational experience of what life was like for young people who lived in 1910.

Dressed in period clothing and carrying makeshift syrup buckets containing their lunch, students participate in the living history program, "A Day at Rose Hill School." They pretend to travel back in time to become scholars attending one of Oklahoma's early one-room schools. Greeted at the door by a stern-looking school marm, the students file into the classroom and take their seats. During the day, the scholars have exercises in cursive writing, cyphering (arithmetic) with slateboards and chalk, and reading from McGuffey's readers. Scholars also study history, geography, do chores, and play games.*

Photograph of Boy Carrying Pail of Water School activities are currently scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Monday through Friday during the fall and spring semesters. Visitors are welcome. (The museum remains closed Monday even when classes are in session.)


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Visitors are welcome. Contact the museum at 580-336-2405 or rosehill@okhistory.org to verify schedule.

The Rose Hill School program is operated jointly by the Oklahoma Historical Society and the Cherokee Strip Historical Society.

Target will award five thousand grants of $700 each to schools across the United States for the upcoming school year. Teachers can use a grant to fund a school field trip that connects their curriculum to out-of-school experiences. The deadline for schools to apply is September 30. OMA encourages Oklahoma museums to let the schools they serve know about the grant program so the schools can apply for museum field trip funding. Also, Target offers tools which museums can use on their website to promote field trip visits.

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