Hours to Visit

Tuesday, August 15 – August 19, 2017
3:00pm – 9:00pm
History of the Red School House
The Red School was built in 1884 on the northwest corner of Old 27 and Parmater Road in Livingston Township. This is about two and half miles north of where it sits at the fairgrounds.
Teacher’s wages were $270.00 per year. Some of the teachers include: Mrs. Laney, Hugh (Speck) Campbell, Carl (Bud) Hallenius, Leona Miodusczski, Joan Bailey, Edna Galbraith, Zella Moorhead, Ione Parent, Margie McGregor Elliott, Mary Thomas, and Anne Nelson.
The school year went from September to May. Often classes were cancelled during heavy winter snow time. There was a two-week “holiday” in the fall so the students could be at home to help harvest the potato crop. School hours were from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. with an hour off for lunch.
The school closed in 1951 and ownership reverted to Joe O'Rourke.
In 1973, Mr. & Mrs. Al Bottomley donated the school to the Kiwanis Club and the Otsego County Historical Society.  The building was moved to the Ray McMullen Park at the airport on Van Tyle Road.
The school was moved to the fairgrounds in 1987 in celebration of Michigan's sesquicentennial.  The desks, lights, and stove are original fixtures from the Red School House. 

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