St. Louis February 25, 2018
History Left A Definite Mark At This One Fascinating Spot In St. Louis
The cityscape of St. Louis hides an incredible history. Much has happened in the region since the city’s founding, meaning that stories of the past cling to even the most seemingly mundane places. In the Carondelet neighborhood, there is one seemingly average brick edifice that changed education standards throughout the nation. The best part? You can actually visit it.
Welcome to the Carondelet Historical Society!
Located at 6303 Michigan Avenue, this historical society is dedicated to preserving local heritage. They have served the community since 1967, but operate in a building that was constructed in 1873.
The house and grounds are unbelievably picturesque.
The building has been restored to its original appearance and it enchants every visitor that stops by.
This building, as you can see in this photo, was once a school.
Des Peres School was founded by Susan Blow, the daughter congressman Henry Blow. Her family once owned Dred Scott, who was sold to an oft-traveling army officer named Dr. John Emerson. In a landmark case, Scott sued Emerson for his freedom after the pair resided in a free state, but lost. His freedom was actually purchased by the Blow family just one year before he died. Henry Blow was instrumental in paying Scott's legal fees and buying his eventual freedom. He was also instrumental in educating his daughters, which was an unusual practice at the time.
Susan Blow had grown up in a comfortable household that enabled her to explore German traditions.
Her family was wealthy, which meant that travel was feasible. In 1870, Blow traveled with her mother and siblings to Europe, where she enjoyed learning about German culture. While there, she discovered the teachings of Friedrich Froebel and the concept of kindergarten education.
In 1873, Blow opened the first successful public kindergarten.
The class, which utilized Froebel's "learn through play" approach to cognitive development, was fully-funded by Blow for the first year of its operation. On top of that, she received no salary for her time and dedication. By 1883, every school in the city had adopted her teachings and created their own kindergarten class.
Today, the former school preserves the past of the entire community.
You can still visit the well-preserved Susan Blow Kindergarten Room on the first floor. Upstairs, you'll encounter the Cleveland High School Room and a few rooms filled with local artifacts.
You won't believe how beautifully the history of St. Louis has been preserved here.
Tours are offered Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 AM to 2 PM and Sunday from 12 PM to 3 PM. You can also schedule a private tour or
attend an event
for an experience you will never forget.
Get ready to experience local history like you never have before.
St. Louis has many stories to tell, but one of its more notable moments occurred at this quaint building when Susan Blow founded the first continuous public kindergarten. Today, locals love exploring their roots at this historic site. Have you visited?
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