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Audio Play: No Bigger Than a Piano Box:

a North Country Schoolhouse in 1893 by Betsy Kepes

This audio play by historian and NCPR commentator Betsy Kepes was created in celebration of Woman's History Month. Based on the 1893 diary of a North Country schoolteacher, it documents a time when education was one of the few professions open to women, and a time when education was meted out in tiny decentralized schools in the remotest reaches of the country.

The play is divided into three segments below for ease of download. If you have a good broadband connection, you can stream the entire audio play using the following links:
m3u playlist of No Bigger Than A Piano Box (27:36)
pls playlist of No Bigger Than A Piano Box (27:36)

Download a Teacher's Guide to No Bigger Than A Piano Box (.pdf--requires free Adobe Acrobat Reader)

If you are an educator in New York State and would like a free CD of this audio play, please email your request to joel@ncpr.org

Download a printable CD insert for No Bigger Than A Piano Box (.pdf--requires free Adobe Acrobat Reader)


Audio Segments:

No Bigger Than a Piano Box: a North Country Schoolhouse in 1893, Part 1

Audio play by Betsy Kepes based on an 1893 diary of a North Country schoolteacher.  Go to full article

No Bigger Than a Piano Box: a North Country Schoolhouse in 1893, Part 2

Audio play by Betsy Kepes based on an 1893 diary of a North Country schoolteacher.  Go to full article

No Bigger Than a Piano Box: a North Country Schoolhouse in 1893, Part 3

Audio play by Betsy Kepes based on an 1893 diary of a North Country schoolteacher.  Go to full article
 

A country schoolhouse in Stockholm NY, (courtesy Stockholm Historical Association)
A country schoolhouse in Stockholm NY, (courtesy Stockholm Historical Association)

Preview: No Bigger Than A Piano Box, a North Country Schoolhouse in 1893

Betsy Kepes of Pierrepont, NY is a frequent commentator and book reviewer for North Country Public Radio, but she is also an historian whose focus is often on women who have lived in the North Country. Her latest collaboration with NCPR is an audio play celebrating Women's History Month, which begins one week from today. The play, No Bigger Than A Piano Box, a North Country Schoolhouse in 1893, takes place in a St. Lawrence County schoolhouse in the late 19th century. She stopped by the station recently to talk about the production and how she did her research.  Go to full article