Keywords: grammar schools
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Contributed by: McArthur Public Library
Media: Ink on paper
Contributed by: Sedgwick-Brooklin Historical Society
Date: circa 1920
Media: Photo transparency
When Brooklin, located on the Blue Hill Peninsula, was incorporated in 1849, there were ten school districts and nine one-room school houses. As the years went by, population changes affected the location and number of schools in the area. State requirements began to determine ways that student's education would be handled. Regardless, education of the Brooklin students always remained a high priority for the town.
Young men and women in the 19th century often went away from home -- sometimes for a few months, sometimes for longer periods -- to attend academies, seminaries, or schools run by individuals. While there, they wrote letters home, reporting on boarding arrangements and coursework undertaken, and inquired about the family at home.
Westbrook Seminary, built on Stevens Plain in 1831, was founded to educate young men and young women. Seminaries traditionally were a form of advanced secondary education. Westbrook Seminary served an important function in admitting women students, for whom education was less available in the early and mid nineteenth century.
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Occasionally a visit was made by some traveling preacher, who would be hired to teach the winter school.
Stevens, Grammar Asst.; Hattie M. Titcomb, Grammar; T. Helen Richardson, High School-Asst. Principal; Melvina K. Bradford, Intermediate.
Village School 1905 Primary, grammar and high school building, Strong, ca. 1905 Item 64393 infoStrong Historical Society The path of…