Welcome to the Blackwell


From out of the past come… 

Hornbooks.  Magic Lanterns.  Slates.  McGuffey Readers.  Dick and Jane.  (And Spot!)

If you’ve wondered what a one room school was like 100 years ago, or what kinds of books kids read in Colonial America, or how people learned cursive handwriting, then check us out.  It’s all here. 

And more. . .

Welcome to the Blackwell History of Education Museum.  

We explore how ideas in education developed, changed, and continue to influence practices and theory today.  We have countless artifacts, documents, books, film, and antique equipment here for you to study; displays, dioramas and exhibits to enjoy; and a one room school to visit.  

Blackwell History of Education Museum

The Learning Center
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
Tel: (815) 753-1236
Fax: (815) 753-1258


By appointment