Museum News

May is Historic Preservation Month

McGuffey House in 1928

Oxford offers guided walking tours every Saturday in May, featuring a different historic neighborhood each week. Schedule of walking tours »

Annual McGuffey Field Trip: Lanier Mansion and Jeremiah Sullivan House, Madison, IN


Exterior of Jeremiah Sullivan House

Wednesday June 6, 2018
8:15 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

R.S.V.P. to Sue Gambrell (513-529-1887), Bob Carmean (513-255-0062), or Steve Gordon (513-377-3818)

Join McGuffey Museum volunteers and friends for a summer field trip to southeast Indiana. We'll travel by van to tour two historic sites and enjoy lunch in the beautiful river town of Madison, Indiana.

Participants are responsible for their own admission fees and lunch. Learn more about the field trip »

Expanded Hours for Alumni Weekend

McGuffey houseThe McGuffey House and Museum will be open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday, June 8 and Saturday June 9 to welcome home our Miami alumni. Love and honor!

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.