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"The whole people must take upon themselves the education of the whole people and be willing to bear the expenses of it. There should not be a district of one mile square, without a school in it, not founded by a charitable individual, but maintained at the public expense of the people themselves." John Adams, U.S. President, 1785.

Public education in rural areas was a life-changing achievement.  This digital library offers a glimpse of schoolhouses in the Madison County, Nebraska area.  It includes pictures of Madison County area schools, dates of the schools, if known, as well as lists of students who attended those schools, when available.

This collection is for users who are interested in what schools were like in the rural midwest, especially in reference to a geneological search.  The goal of this collection is to inspire use or contact with the owning organization: The Madison County Historical Society.  Almost all of their content is paper based, and not available outside of their physical location.  Call them with any questions or requests for more information (402) 454-3500.

 
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