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Students on last day of Miss Eliza's Summer Session, 1997
Students are given Certificates of Merit on the last day of Miss Eliza's Summer Session, 1997.

One-Room Schools - Gone But Not Forgotten

In 1991 the Honeoye Falls/Town of Mendon Historical Society began the transformation of an old one-room schoolhouse into a living history museum. Mendon District School Number 15 was moved to the Village of Honeoye Falls and opened to the public as part of a Village Days celebration. The opening was met with great enthusiasm, and the Historical Society went on to restore the schoolhouse and develop a program to preserve its history. During the 19th and early 20th century, the rural school often also served as a church, meeting place, and theater, thereby bringing the community together. One of the Historical Society's educational programs is "Miss Eliza's Summer Session", a week-long summer class for graduating fourth-graders. During the class, the children dress in period clothing and are immersed in an educational experience from the past.

Originally submitted by: Thomas M. Reynolds, Representative (27th District).



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