Museum News

Annual Meeting and Robert T. Howard Lecture

Presented by The Oxford Museum Association and The McGuffey House and Museum

Knolls of Oxford’s Commons Auditorium
Wednesday, March 13th at 6 :00 p.m.

Review of OMA & McGuffey House/Museum Activities
Robert T. Howard Lecture at Approximately 7:30 p.m.

James McBrideJames McBride of Hamilton, Ohio: Entrepreneur, Steward of Miami University, and Historian and Archaeologist of the Miami Valley

Terry Barnhart

Presenter: Dr. Terry A. Barnhart
Professor Emeritus of History at Eastern Illinois University

Bring salad, casserole, or dessert along with table service
Main course and drinks and provided

All are welcome!

RSVP at 513-523-8005 or

Fall 2018 in Review

Students, parents, and teachers from St. James School, Cincinnati, pose on the side porch of McGuffey HouseKaylie Schunk and Steve Gordon join students and friends at the annual International Student and Scholar Services Thanksgiving Dinner

We welcomed enthusiastic visitors, enjoyed good food and fellowship, and learned about fascinating local history from distinguished guest speakers. Fall 2018 Highlights

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.