Readings from the Archives: “A Sketch of the Judea Female Seminary”

june, 2020

15jun10:00 amFeaturedReadings from the Archives: "A Sketch of the Judea Female Seminary"VIRTUAL EVENT10:00 am

Event Details

Our next Readings from the Archives virtual program is taking place on Monday, June 15, at 10am. To attend, click on this link:

We will share the “A Sketch of the Judea Female Seminary”, written by Amy C. Kenyon in 1911.

This is the fascinating story of Mary Brinsmade and her Judea Female Seminary which operated on Washington Green from 1848 to 1856. The course of study for her girls was modeled upon that of Mt. Holyoke where Mary graduated from in 1846. Her students came from as far away as Alabama and Ohio, numbering around 75, with the boarding scholars distributed among the families living on the Green. Walking parties and picnics at Prospect Hill and “the Hemlocks” in Nettleton Hollow were a favorite recreation for the girls. Hear about other interesting occurrences like the hostile criticism of Mary Brinsmade and her school, which drove her out of town for two years and was led by the minister of the Congregational Church, because of the calisthenics, occasional dancing and one evening of tableaux that took place in her school.

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(Monday) 10:00 am


Gunn Historical Museum[email protected] 5 Wykeham Road, Washington CT