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Sign up for the Annual McGuffey Field Trip!

Glendower Historic Mansion in Lebanon, OH

Join us for the Annual McGuffey Docents & Friends Field Trip, June 4. We'll be visiting Lebanon, Ohio. We'll start with Glendower Historic Mansion, enjoy lunch at the Golden Lamb, and then finish with a visit to Harmon Museum and Art Gallery. Sign up by 5pm, Monday, May 27! More about the field trip »

What does it Mean to be a Child?

The McGuffey Readers

background of little girls in 19th century clothing, working in a garden field. Text: 'What does it mean to be a child' McGuffey Readers. May 3, 2019 5 pm McGuffey House and Museum, Oxford, OH 45056

Exhibit opens May 3, 2019

1-5 p.m.
McGuffey House and Museum

Make it a Summer to Remember

McGuffey house

McGuffey House and Museum is open all summer! We invite you to schedule a group tour or drop by during regular operating hours. Plan your visit now »

Thursday - Saturday
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Wëllkomm to our visitors!

Representatives from Differdange, Luxembourg pose with Oxford city manager and museum administrator

McGuffey House and Museum recently hosted representatives from Differdange, Luxembourg, Oxford's Sister City, shown here with Museum Administrator Steve Gordon (second from right) and Doug Elliott, Oxford City Manager (second from left).

Fall 2018 in Review

Students, parents, and teachers from St. James School, Cincinnati, pose on the side porch of McGuffey HouseKaylie Schunk and Steve Gordon join students and friends at the annual International Student and Scholar Services Thanksgiving Dinner

We welcomed enthusiastic visitors, enjoyed good food and fellowship, and learned about fascinating local history from distinguished guest speakers. Fall 2018 Highlights

McGuffey Readers at the 2018 Graduate Research Forum

Kaylie Schunk stands next to her poster at the Graduate Research ForumKaylie Schunk poster 'The McGuffey Readers Afterlives: Designing Exhibition Spaces'

Former McGuffey student intern Kaylie Schunk presented her poster The McGuffey Readers' Afterlives: Designing Exhibition Spaces at the Miami University Graduate Research Forum on November 9. Kaylie is studying for her master's in American History. (Click images for larger versions)


Read Kaylie's recent manuscript: Peter Bruner: Novel in Death, Not in Life

From our collections

Bishop Sideboard

Bishop Sideboard

Mahogany, 1790–1815

This sideboard belonged to the first president of Miami University, Robert Hamilton Bishop. Brought to Oxford by the Bishops in 1824, it stood in the entry hall of the Bishop home until the 1930s.

In 1991, Dr. Jonathan S. Bishop donated the sideboard to Miami University and the McGuffey Museum.

Octagonal table

McGuffey's octagonal table, possibly where he wrote the first 4 Readers

It is thought that McGuffey wrote the first four books in the series in this house, very possibly on this table.

1840s pie safe

Pie Safe Cupboard

Poplar with pierced tin panels, 1840–1850

Cupboards of this type were used for food storage. The pierced tin panels allowed air circulation without letting rodents and large insects foul the foodstuffs.