Museum News

McGuffey Readers at the 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)

Save the Date!

Women in Hepburn Hall dining room are seated at rectangular tables. The room is decorated for the holidays. Year 1909.

Musical Favorites and Traditions

Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Christmas and Holiday Program

Photo credit: Women in Hepburn Hall Dining Room 1909. From the Frank Snyder Photograph Collection.

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

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.

Peter Bruner's top hat and hatbox

Peter Bruner Hat Box

Overcoming years of slavery, voluntary service in the Union Army, and decades of manual labor, celebrated Oxford citizen Peter Bruner's life is a story worth telling and re-telling. The Museum collection includes his top hat and hat box.

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.