Among the treasures available to view in the new exhibit at Delaware County Historical Society is a trove of artifacts used in early American education. One of the 13 displays in “Another Glimpse of Delaware County’s History” is dedicated to teaching and learning as evident by the tools, tomes and even a hornbook shown in the case. “Another Glimpse of Delaware County’s History” was kicked off at Delaware County Historical Society’s Open House and Annual Meeting Sept. 25. This exhibit also includes a special section dedicated to celebrating “The Year of the Mill” in the Record Room. Nestled in the exhibit’s education display are several books, including a collection of McGuffey readers, with a pictorial primer and a parent-teacher guide, a “Manual of Geography” and a handbook. McGuffey readers, known by their “Eclectic” titles on the cover, were intended for children in first through sixth grades from the mid-1800’s to the mid-1900’s. William Holmes McGuffey was one of 11 children born to a Washington County, Pa. farmer. With a passion for learning and education, he graduated Washington College in 1826. McGuffey drafted the Eclectic Readers, which were widely used to teach reading and writing in many one-room schools across the country. Besides the basics of English, a large focus of lessons in early America were centered on morality. For example, one of McGuffey’s Golden Rules was “Never be afraid to do good, but always fear to do evil.” Another example can be seen in a line in a 1909 Little Learner’s Paper on display. It reads, “Love helps us to see good things in others, and not faults.” Here in Pennsylvania, education was helped crafted into shape by Dr. George Smith, the first school board president of the Upper Darby School Board. A man of multiple talents from farming and botany to medicine and politics, Smith was chairman of the State Senate Education Committee and drafted the final version of the Free Public School Act. Passed in 1836, the legislation designated free public education for all children and provided state funding for local districts. To learn more about early American education techniques or about the happenings of Delaware County Historical Society, please visit the home of DCHS at 408 Avenue of the States, in Chester or go online at padelcohistory.org. The telephone number is 610-359-0832.