Museum News

Museum Closed Friday, Dec. 6

McGuffey house exterior

The McGuffey Museum is closed Friday, December 6. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Hubei University Delegation Visits

Delegation from Hubei University poses in front of McGuffey Museum

Faculty & staff from Hubei University in Wuhan, China have been visiting Miami. Their itinerary included a tour of the museum.

McGuffey Descendants Visit the Family Homestead

Ben Ross and Kathy Queitzsch visit the McGuffey house

Kathy Queitzsch and Ben Ross, descendants of William Holmes and Harriet McGuffey, enjoyed a lengthy visit to the museum. Each year McGuffey House and Museum welcomes several descendants of the McGuffey and Hepburn families.

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

Love and Honor

Lindsey Family

Steve Lindsey, MU '69, his daughter Shana and her children after a tour of the museum. Steve is a fifth generation Miamian and former Oxford resident.

Congratulations Cindy and Tom!

Tom and Cindy Fledderman pose in front of a helium ballon shaped like the number 40

Cindy and Tom Fledderman are celebrating 40 years of marriage. Cindy, former Administrative Assistant at McGuffey Museum, currently serves as Administrative Assistant in Student Activities at Miami. Her husband Tom is Senior Maintenance Technician, Physical Facilities at Miami.

From our collections

Unidentified Portraits

Portrait of a womanPortrait of a man

? John Insco Williams (1813-1873)

These portraits depict two unknown individuals, believed to have been residents of Richmond, Indiana, during the early 1830s. The female subject, seated in a Queen Anne chair, is distinguished by her Apollo hairstyle, diamond earrings and black dress. The male subject, presumably her husband but possibly a brother, wears a black wool coat, cravat and tie pin. Both subjects may have been painted by John Insco Williams (1813-1873) an itinerant painter in eastern Indiana from 1832-1835.

Information on the unidentified couple is welcome! Contact Steve Gordon

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.