Education: Textbook Museum

Somber in his black coat and stovepipe hat, a tall young man slouched in the saddle one fall afternoon in 1826 while his horse ambled into the little village of Oxford, Ohio. Even as he rode he read, and his saddlebags bulged with volumes of Livy and Horace, Ovid and Xenophon. William Holmes McGuffey, newly appointed professor of ancient languages at Oxford's Miami University, was exactly the type of sobersided teacher the fledgling university wanted. Last week, in a high-ceilinged room of Miami University's Alumni Library, 300 members of the McGuffey Society came to dedicate a museum to the sober scholar...

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