Category Archives: Educational and Cultural Institutions

Historic colleges

Included here are institutions of higher learning that date back before 1850. Harvard University, Cambridge, MA Established in 1636 as a college for the training of young men to the ministry. Now, of course, it’s America’s most prestigious university and has the … Continue reading

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Athenaeums

These were (and are) educational and cultural institutions, often featuring a private subscription library and reading rooms and sometimes a lecture hall or art gallery. I suppose the proper Latin plural should be “athenaea.” Boston Athenaeum, Boston, MA  Near the top of Beacon Hill, … Continue reading

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One-room Schoolhouses

In the 19th century, when kids had to walk to get to school, it wasn’t practical to have a single central school for an entire town–some kids would have had to walk four miles or more to get there and … Continue reading

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