A History about the Residents of McGuffey House
Dr. Elizabeth Johnson Publishes a History about the Residents of McGuffey House
To Dwell with Fond Reflection: Families Who Lived in the McGuffey House, 1833-1958 was published in 2009, the year that marked the 50th anniversary of Miami's decision to establish a museum in William Holmes McGuffey's former home. Thoroughly researched by Dr. Elizabeth J. Johnson, this illustrated work is exceptionally well documented and was published as a partnership project of the McGuffey Museum and the Smith Library of Regional History. Supplemental funding came from the W.E. Smith Family Charitable Trust.
Elizabeth Johnson holds a Ph.D. in the history of art from the University of California at Los Angeles and has taught art history in California and in Wisconsin. She has been a Volunteer at the William Holmes McGuffey Museum for over ten years. Dr. Johnson also does historical research for the Smith Library on various subjects, including Oxford’s old houses and buildings.
The book can be purchased at Follett’s Bookstore, at the Miami University Art Museum and at the Smith Library, which is upstairs in Lane Public Library, for $15 including tax. There will be a book signing event and reception for the author on February 25 from 5 to 7 pm at Follett’s Bookstore, 110 East High Street. Books will be available for purchase, but if you already purchased a book you can bring it with you for Dr. Johnson to sign.
The McGuffey Historic House Museum on the Oxford campus is now managed by the Miami University Art Museum. The McGuffey Museum is open to the general public by appointment only. To schedule a tour of the McGuffey Museum, or for more information about Dr. Johnson's book and signing, contact the Miami University Art Museum at 513-529-2232.