Visions and Voices
Montana's One-Room Schoolhouses

by Charlotte Caldwell

photography by Charlotte Caldwell

foreword by Ivan Doig

published by Barn Board Press

  • The story of Montana's one-room schoolhouses, as recollected and recounted by those most intimately connected to those places, is the story of the American frontier and the high value placed on education by those who came to homestead, mine, or work the railroads. It is a story of the Western spirit and of a culture marked by tenacity and endurance. These stories - told by students and teachers, many of whom are now in their eighties or nineties - tell of adventures traveling to and from school, the school day, recess games, family life, daily chores, and above all, the sense of community, as defined by these iconic humble schoolhouses. Their voices share memories and perspectives about a way of life, gone for the most part, and breathe life into these visions of rural heritage.

    The preservation of one-room schoolhouses is important, as they are among Montana's first frontier structures. These treasures inform us about ourselves - our history and our culture - through the people who learned and taught in them.

    One hundred percent of the net proceeds of this book will be donated to the Preserve Montana Fund, a campaign of collaboration between the Montana Preservation Alliance, the Montana History Foundation, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. This donation will serve to create a challenge grant, earmarked for Montana's endangered one-room schoolhouses.

312 pages, 11 3/4 x 9, 8 hardcovers per case

ISBN 10: 0-9854971-0-6
ISBN 13: 978-0-9854971-0-1





Visions and Voices
Montana's One-Room Schoolhouses

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Charlotte Caldwell align= Raised on Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, Charlotte Caldwell graduated with a BA from Middlebury College, Vermont, in 1974. She went on to receive Masters Degrees in environmental studies and in special education from other New England universities.

As a photographer, naturalist and preservationist, Charlotte captures the beauty of light as it touches landscapes, wildlife, buildings, and people. A book of her photographs was published in 2010, The Cottages and Architects of Yeamans Hall, along with photographs in Antiques Magazine, Antiques and Fine Arts Magazine, newspapers, and newsletters.

Through a juried photography show in 2010, she was chosen to present her insect photography to the North American Nature Photographers' Association's Annual Conference.

She serves on the non-profit boards of Montana Preservation Alliance and The Nature Conservancy of Montana.

In addition to hiking, golfing, traveling and exploring the great outdoors, she loves hanging with her husband, Jeffrey Schutz, their kids and grandkids. Charlotte, Jeffrey, and their dog, Phoebe, divide their time between their ranch outside Clyde Park, Montana, and their home in historic downtown Charleston, South Carolina.

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