ABCs and 123s of One-Room Schoolhouses
MPA launched the Big Sky Schoolhouse Survey in 2015, a comprehensive statewide architectural survey of Montana’s one- and two-room schoolhouses. With assistance from student interns and volunteers, our goal is to locate and document schoolhouses in every county, and provide technical assistance to those most threatened. As we move along we will create regional Google Map with locations, photos, and history of Montana's existing one- and two-room schools so you can see where Granny's school was moved to, find out what Aunt Gertrude's classroom looked like, or get an overview of the history of the schoolhouse where Grandpa Joe learned his ABCs. Read more about the Big Sky Schoolhouse Survey here.
Lewis & Clark County Schoolhouses
This map provides an example of what we hope to have for each county in the state at the end of our Big Sky Schoolhouse Survey. Sometimes valuable history is at our finger tips, but without the right resources it can be hard to find and enjoy. Now you can dig into the history of endangered, vacant, and preserved one- and two-room schoolhouses near you with ease.
Using the Map
Click on the "Full Screen" icon in the upper right corner, then click on each icon. You can see photos and read history for each schoolhouse.
Many of the standing schoolhouses labeled in green can be viewed from the road. Most are private property so please be sure to contact the owner before visiting the building. Naturally the ones listed as Museums or Community Centers can be visited.
Those identified with yellow icons give you the unique opportunity to help with our survey! See the form below.
The red icons identify a schoolhouse which has been demolished or succumbed to the harsh Montana elements. The tours (which can be accessed by checking the box adjacent to the tour name) are organized to give you the quickest access to as many schoolhouses as possible.
Help Us Find Montana's One- and Two-Room Schoolhouses!
If you have information about a particular schoolhouse, please fill out and send the form below.
If you are interested in documenting all the standing schools in one county, see our Schoolhouse Survey Guidelines and call Christine Brown at 406-457-2822.