There was a time when many of America’s children gained their education in one-room schoolhouses. As much a fixture of rural life as the horse and plow, the schoolhouses vanished as the number of farms dwindled, as people migrated to cities and towns, as the agrarian dominance of the country’s workforce passed away. Most have been torn down, but here and there an isolated and empty schoolhouse remains. If you listen closely when it is quiet and the wind is just right, you can hear the voices and laughter of children, carefree and young and full of delight at knowing the world was limitless and it belonged to them. Ogle County, Illinois (left) and Stephenson County, Illinois (right).