“School Days” is the Two Rivers Heritage Museum Featured Exhibit for 2016. This presentation depicts a rural one-room schoolhouse that would have been commonplace throughout the Camas and Washougal communities in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Usually located by itself at the corner of two country roads or on a small piece of land at the edge of a farmer’s field, the rural one-room school was within walking distance for neighboring children, and was a landmark where school classes, community events, meetings, and voting took place. The teacher lived nearby and was expected to be there everyday, regardless of weather, and would start the fire, clear the snow, and even cook lunch on the wood stove.
Our exhibit includes many items gathered from past Camas and Washougal schools, including furniture, supplies, sports equipment, pictures, books, a slate board, pot bellied stove, a pump organ, wood desks, teacher’s aids, photos, annuals, and historical records. This exhibit is designed to give you a sense of what it was like to experience a day in the one-room schoolhouse.