Bohannon Schoolhouse and Gerald Poor Museum

When the Bohannon School was built in 1901, its first occupants could not have known that their school would still be fulfilling its intended role in education over 100 years later. With its inkwells, McGuffey readers, and wood-burning stove resting in the corner, the school is reminiscent of a long ago era when the Golden Rule and the three R's were the mainstays of education.

Originally located in Jasper Township, near Midland, Michigan, the school was brought to the CMU campus in 1970. The Museum of Cultural and Natural History staff and many dedicated friends worked to restore the building to its original state. Donated artifacts helped to make it complete.

Dedicated as the Gerald L. Poor Museum, it now stands as a monument to rural education.


The Bohannon Schoolhouse is located on the southwest corner of West Campus Drive and Preston Street on the campus of Central Michigan University. Open map

Schoolhouse access

The Bohannon Schoolhouse is open to the public by appointment. Tour the schoolhouse and participate in fun, educational activities from another era. 

For more information, email the Museum of Cultural and Natural History or call 989-774-3829.

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