I've driven around Michigan (well, mainly Lower Michigan thus far) during 2012-2021 to photograph old one-room schoolhouses or other interesting historical places. Part of my reason for doing this was to preserve through my photographs the one-room schoolhouses which I suspect will be gone within a generation from now. I'd envisioned trying to publish a successor to Mary Keithan's superb "Michigan One-Room Schoolhouses" coffee table book, but I've decided it would be silly for me to pursue something this complex instead of the much simpler publication of this "Michigan Yesterday" web site. So here it is... photos from places destined to crumble, along with whatever meager information about them I've been willing to spend time gathering. I hope you enjoy perusing the site and find the photographs pleasing.
I've organized the list of schoolhouses into two sections: one by Michigan County Name (alphabetically), and the other list by the date the page was added to or updated on this web site, in case you want to follow along as I build this site and update it with future visits.
I've bolded the links to those I think are the most photographically worthy or for which I've been able to dig up substantial information. I've provided GPS coordinates and/or addresses for the sites which are no longer active schools, and have not been converted into private residences (several schoolhouses, thank goodness, have been preserved by such a conversion) so you can go visit these sites for yourself in real life.
By County within Michigan
St Clair County
St Joseph County
Van Buren County
By Date of Update on This Web Site (NOT the date of photography)