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WWW member Gail Jenner’s non-fiction, One Room: Schools and Schoolteachers in the America West, was released on October 1 with TwoDot.

A recollection of the West’s one-room school houses, this book celebrates the traditional American institution with stories of heroism and perseverance. Filled with illustrations of archival images of classrooms and students, One Room reflects the earnest striving and innocent hopes of pioneers forging communities. Discover more about the unsung and yet mythical frontiersmen and women who “civilized” the west, the children who attended one-room schools, and the teachers who faced hardships on the frontier, including blizzards, fires, and teaching the three “R’s.”

The book features more than a dozen states and a number of WWW members contributed stories or photos to the collection.


About Gail

Screen Shot 2017-11-20 at 9.41.09 PMGail is a retired secondary history and English teacher, and is married to fourth generation cattle rancher, Doug Jenner. They live in a rural mountain valley in Northern California and have three married children and eight grandchildren. When not writing, Gail gardens, cooks, researches, works with her horse, volunteers, presents at conferences, and entertains, among many other activities. For more, visit


Published by womenwritingthewest

Women Writing the West is an organization of writers and other professionals who write and promote writing about the North American West with emphasis on the experiences of western women and girls. We invite you to join our writing community. Membership is open to all persons, worldwide.

2 thoughts on “New Release: ONE ROOM: SCHOOLS AND SCHOOLTEACHERS IN THE PIONEER WEST by WWW Member Gail Jenner

  1. Oh Gail, how I wish I would’ve had your book years ago when doing Oregon Trail presentations. I went to so many sources to dig out the information, how convenient to have such a treasure trove in one place. It was such a fascinating system of education and community interaction within these one-room schools. Congratulations on a much needed book.


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