About Howard R. Barnard
Born in New York City, New York on September 14, 1863, Barnard came west at the age of 20, where he first worked in a sugar mill and herded cattle in Rush County. Kansas. Later, he became a teacher and became known as one of the great educators in rural America. The nephew of Henry Barnard, first U.S. Commissioner of Education, and of Frederick Barnard, founder of Barnard College (now part of Columbia University,) Barnard followed in their foot stops in 1906 by founding an innovative and experimental school called Entre Nous College near McCracken, Kansas. He built a 2-story building, hired teachers, and provided “school buses,” which were really wagons pulled by horses, using for funds a sizable inheritance which he received from eastern relatives. Entre Nous College was one of the first schools to offer visual education, free transportation, and physical training. However, by 1913 his funds were depleted and the school was closed. He then taught in the public schools of Rush County, often going hungry to buy more books, and in 1923 became Librarian in the La Crosse Rural High School. At his death on December 9, 1948, his large collection of books was left to “the school children of Rush County.” Today, the Barnard Library in La Crosse is named in his honor. Of the school, which was located northeast of McCracken, all that is left is the school bell and a stone memorial.
Yankee on the Prairie: Howard R. Barnard of Kansas – Pioneer Educator by Allan R. Miller with Foreword by Joanna L. Stratton, author of Pioneer Women. From Sunflower University Press with 1995 copyright. The ISBN is 0-89745-184-8. This paperback measures about 9″ x 6″ and has 200 pages with quite a few b/w photos.
See photo above. In good condition with long diagonal crease on front cover as shown. The spine has not been opened/creased. The pages are in good to very good condition with light stains on top of some pages. No names or other markings. From clean, smoke-free home.
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