Museum News

19th Century Parlor Music

Tuesday, October 1, 2019
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Miami University Art Museum Auditorium

David Palmer, Musician

Annual McGuffey Birthday and Blocker Fund Program

Featured guest David Palmer will perform 19th Century Parlor Music at the McGuffey House and Museum’s October meeting.

Following Palmer’s performance, the public is invited to participate in the annual celebration of William Holmes McGuffey’s birthday.

The program is free and open to the public. For information, contact Steve Gordon at 513-377-3818 or Sue Gambrell at 513-529-1887.

McGuffey Descendants Visit the Family Homestead

Ben Ross and Kathy Queitzsch visit the McGuffey house

Kathy Queitzsch and Ben Ross, descendants of William Holmes and Harriet McGuffey, enjoyed a lengthy visit to the museum. Each year McGuffey House and Museum welcomes several descendants of the McGuffey and Hepburn families.

Fall Events Calendar Announced

A woman leads children on a guided tour of the museum

Mark your calendar for historical lectures, tours and programs that are a perfect complement to crisp fall weather on Miami's beautiful campus!

William Holmes McGuffey Museum wordmark

Love and Honor

Lindsey Family

Steve Lindsey, MU '69, his daughter Shana and her children after a tour of the museum. Steve is a fifth generation Miamian and former Oxford resident.

Congratulations Cindy and Tom!

Tom and Cindy Fledderman pose in front of a helium ballon shaped like the number 40

Cindy and Tom Fledderman are celebrating 40 years of marriage. Cindy, former Administrative Assistant at McGuffey Museum, currently serves as Administrative Assistant in Student Activities at Miami. Her husband Tom is Senior Maintenance Technician, Physical Facilities at Miami.

McGuffey Museum Salutes our Student Aide Graduates

Jessica Weaver

Max and Kaylie pose near a Miami University display

Max Mallott and Kaylie Schunk

Jessica Weaver graduated with a B. A. in Social Studies, and Kaylie Schunk received a graduate degree in American History. Kaylie is shown with fellow graduate (B. A. International Studies), Max Mallott.

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.