Hartford Female Seminary Is Founded (Great Events from History: North American Series)
Article abstract: One of the earliest institutions to offer nontraditional studies for women’s intellectual development.
Summary of Event
Hartford Female Seminary, which Catharine Esther Beecher founded in 1823 and incorporated in 1827, was the second major female seminary to promote the higher education of women, to offer young women a comprehensive education aimed at more than “finishing” them for a successful social life, and ultimately, to invent the profession of teaching and train women in it. It was one of four seminaries contemporary in the area, the others being Emma Willard’s in Troy, New York (founded 1821), Zilpah Grant’s in Ipswich, Massachusetts (1828), and Mary Lyon’s in South Hadley, Massachusetts (1837). Lyon’s later became Mt. Holyoke College and Willard’s is still in existence.
When Catharine Beecher and her sister Mary opened the seminary in 1823, it was located above a harness shop at the corner of Kinsley and Main Streets in Hartford, Connecticut, and had seven pupils. It soon moved to more spacious quarters in the basement of the North Church. By 1826, the school had nearly one hundred pupils, and Catharine Beecher sought more permanent quarters. Having met Hartford’s influential citizens through her family connections, her friendship with writer and former teacher Lydia Sigourney, and her membership in Hartford’s First Congregational Church, Beecher appealed to...
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