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Identifier: A0140

Title: Susan Blow Lectures, 1890-1900


Daughter of Henry Taylor Blow, Susan Blow was born in Carondelet. After an unconventional youth filled with private tutors and travel, Blow met Friedrich Froebel in Germany and became acquainted with his kindergarten work and teaching devices. Blow studied with Mme. Maria Kraus-Boelte, a disciple of Froebel's widow in New York, and returned to open the first public school kindergarten in America, the Des Peres School of Carondelet, in 1873. Blow developed a training school for kindergarten teachers the following year. Under the influence of William T. Harris, Hegelian scholar and superintendent of the St. Louis schools, Blow joined the St. Louis Movement, a group dedicated to the study of Hegelian philosophy. Though ill health forced her to retire from most kindergarten activities, she continued to lecture on numerous topics and published books and monographs relating to educational issues. She also translated Froebel's Mother-Play for use in the kindergarten.

Collection contains manuscript lectures written by Blow regarding various subjects.

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Cite as: Susan Blow Lectures, Missouri History Museum Archives, St. Louis.

Rights: UND


Dates: 1890-1900

Type(s): Lecture

Maker/Creator: Blow, Susan E. (Susan Elizabeth), 1843-1916

Subjects: Lectures and lecturing


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