Museum News

Queen of the Prairie Roses in Peak Bloom

Queen of the Prairie roses on a trellis

These beautiful roses can be found on the west wall of the museum. The Queen of the Prairie is an old fashioned rose that Leila McKee grew on the trellis at Peabody Hall, at Western College. McKee presented the rose to two of the founding members of Beta Theta Pi on the fraternity's 50th anniversary (1889). It became part of the official Beta Seal. Funds for the roses, trellis and fertilizer were donated by Drs. Ed and Sue Jones in memory of Sue's mother, Eva Clement. 

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.

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.

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.