Science and Mathematics Education Institute
The Plymouth schoolhouse is symbolic in every way of our educational heritage and the importance of historical preservation in Kansas. Built in 1874 in eastern Russell County, Kan., from hard post-rock limestone, the schoolhouse has lasted more than a century and provides younger generations with a look into educational history.
After moving from Russell County to the Fort Hays State University campus in Hays, Kan., for permanent restoration, the Plymouth schoolhouse became a major attraction to visitors. The FHSU chapter of Phi Delta Kappa initiated the restoration project in 1975 with additional support from the Garvey Foundation of Wichita.
On Sept. 22, 1979, the restored schoolhouse was officially dedicated to the pioneering ancestors of Kansas, who placed emphasis on educating their children.
Plymouth schoolhouse is now located southeast of Forsyth library, across from Tomanek Hall, on the FHSU campus, and is open to the public for viewing. A multi-media show is available to establish the historical importance of this one-room schoolhouse and the educational process of its time. The presentation also describes the extensive restoration process. While appropriate for all ages, the living history presentation is particularly appreciated by students in grades four through six.
Tours of the Plymouth schoolhouse are available to anyone who wishes to relive the educational experience of the late 19th century. To set up a tour, please contact Ann Noble at 785-628-5449.