This small brick schoolhouse serves as a good representation of the public education system of Sedalia in the late 1800s.
Backstory and Context
Like many schools in the early 1900s, McVey School worked as a place where immigrant children were actively Americanized. Programs, such as a music program, would often be exhibited at the nearby State Fair. Interestingly schools like this would be built all the way up into the 1950s before the style changed as the result of a consolidation movement. The students would learn by lamplight and be warmed by a coal furnace in the same period.