Museum News

Upcoming Ohio Open Doors Guided Tours

Events are free and open to the public

Lorenzo Langstroth House
303 S. Patterson Avenue, Oxford
Saturday, September 8, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Known as America’s Beekeeper, Lorenzo Langstroth (1810-1895) was the inventor of the removable hive frame. For information, contact Steve Gordon at or Michael Smith at

McGuffey House
401 E. Spring Street, Oxford
Saturday, September 15, 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Uncommon Vernacular: The Architectural Evolution of the McGuffey House, 1833-1958. For information, contact Steve Gordon at or 529-8381.

Fall Events Calendar Announced

A woman leads children on a guided tour of the museum

Save the date 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.