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A brief symposium. LINK TO EVENT FLIER

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As a National Historic Landmark, the McGuffey House and Museum aims to collect, preserve, interpret, and exhibit materials relating to the life of William Holmes McGuffey, the McGuffey Eclectic Reader series, the history of Miami University, and 19th-century domestic life and architecture of southwest Ohio.

Program held in conjunction with the special exhibition at the Richard and Carole Cocks Art Museum, Heritage: Shaping Past, Present, Future, speakers present case studies on the importance and relevance of this historic house and its collections today.

3:00 PM - Welcoming Remarks: Jack Green, Jeffrey Horrell and Rodney Rose Director and Chief Curator, RCCAM

3:15 PM - Scott Sander, Department of Teaching, Curriculum, and Educational Inquiry, Miami University, Making Sense of McGuffey Readers: Critically looking at the past, to create a more inclusive future

3:30 PM - Helen Sheumaker, Departments of History and Global and Intercultural Studies, Miami University, Peter Bruner’s Hat

3:45 PM - Steve Gordon - McGuffey House and Museum, Preserving the McGuffey House and Museum

4:00 PM - Panel Discussion

4:20 PM - Closing remarks - John Weigand, Interim Dean and Professor in Architecture and Interior Design, College of Creative Arts

4:30 PM - Public Reception in Honor of Stephen Gordon’s contributions to McGuffey House and Museum


A joint program between McGuffey House and Museum and the Richard and Carole Cocks Art Museum (RCCAM) at Miami University

Public reception in honor of Steve Gordon at 4:30 PM.


Scott Sander is an associate clinical professor in the Department of Teacher Education at Miami University. His research interests include (science) teacher preparation as it intersects with social justice, diversity, and inclusion. His work in large lecture courses looks to challenge traditional notions of (science) teaching and learning as he positions students as novice scientists/scholars who critically analyze both physical and social phenomena.

Helen Sheumaker has a PhD in American Studies, and has worked at Miami University for over 20 years. Author or editor of several books on American material culture, at Miami University she teaches U.S. history, American Studies, and courses in public history.

Stephen Gordon holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in history from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Since 1976, Steve has worked for the Miami Purchase Association for Historic Preservation, the Kentucky Heritage Council, the State Historic Preservation Office of the Ohio History Connection, where he oversaw the Ohio Historic Inventory and National Register of Historic Places programs. Since 2006, Steve has worked as the curator/administrator of the McGuffey House and Museum at Miami University, and has worked part-time for the Three Valley Conservation Trust and MetroParks of Butler County.


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