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Picturing history: Oliver's schoolhouse

Published: Wednesday, July 20 2011 5:37 p.m. MDT

The lower portion of the yellow home, above, is the structure in which Oliver Cowdery taught school when he boarded with the Joseph Smith Sr. family in their Manchester, N.Y., frame home. The school was the lower section of the home with the four pillars supporting the roof. The two-story addition was not there when Oliver taught in the little schoolhouse. At that time, that little building was located farther north on Stafford Road on the site now occupied by the stone structure seen in the distance at the far right. The stone building was a replacement schoolhouse and postdates the period when Oliver taught. A more recent view of the schoolhouse is shown at right.

Kenneth Mays

The lower portion of the yellow home is the structure in which Oliver Cowdery taught school when he boarded with the Joseph Smith Sr. family in their Manchester, N.Y., frame home. The school was the lower section of the home with the four pillars supporting the roof. The two-story addition was not there when Oliver taught in the little schoolhouse. At that time, that little building was located farther north on Stafford Road on the site now occupied by the stone structure seen in the distance at the far right. The stone building was a replacement schoolhouse and postdates the period when Oliver taught. A more recent view of the schoolhouse is shown in a second photograph.

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