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1914-15, A School for Girls A Junior College for Young Women. Washington DC suburbs. Under-Thomsen Press. Hardcover. 129 pages

1914-15, A School for Girls A Junior College for Young Women. Washington DC suburbs. Under-Thomsen Press. Hardcover. 129 pages

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  • Vintage item from the 1910s
  • Material: paper
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A School for Girls

The site for the National Park Seminary, a Junior College, began as a tobacco plantation before becoming a summer suburban resort community for wealthy DC residents in 1887. Called the Ye Forest Inn, the young up and coming architect T.F. Schneider designed the hotel. Several years later, he would go on to design DC’s famed Cairo building and be involved in a well-publicized murder trial. The hotel struggled and in 1894 the hotel was sold to John and Vesta Cassedy, who converted it into an all-girls finishing school. They named it National Park Seminary, after nearby Rock Creek Park.

The Cassedys’ goal was to not only give their students an education in the basics disciplines–math, sciences and history–but also help them learn about the world around them. Eight sorority houses were constructed for the girls, each designed to resemble a different country’s architecture style. Their distinctive designs made this relatively small school famous across the region.

The school attracted students from the wealthiest families of the era. According to a 2010 article in Bethesda Magazine, names like “Hershey, Chrysler, Heinz, Kraft and Maytag” filled the school’s registry. At its height in 1909, the school had 279 students and 42 faculty.

This book was published in 1914 as a manual, and potentially a promotional piece for the college ahead to the 1914-15 school year. Numbering 129 pages, the book includes maps, diagrams, black and white photography and schedules - all designed to help young women of the time acclimate to a new approach to education.

This book measures 9 5/8 x 6 3/8"

10 photos accompany this listing to confirm accuracy of condition. Please click on photo and use arrows to scroll.

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Books & Company is a proud literary partner of the Etsy community. We specialize in early American books from Civil War, depression and midcentury era writers. Each book is hand selected and we stand by the quality of every book we offer.
A School for Girls

The site for the National Park Seminary, a Junior College, began as a tobacco plantation before becoming a summer suburban resort community for wealthy DC residents in 1887. Called the Ye Forest Inn, the young up and coming architect T.F. Schneider designed the hotel. Several years later, he would go on to design DC’s famed Cairo building and be involved in a well-publicized murder trial. The hotel struggled and in 1894 the hotel was sold to John and Vesta Cassedy, who converted it into an all-girls finishing school. They named it National Park Seminary, after nearby Rock Creek Park.

The Cassedys’ goal was to not only give their students an education in the basics disciplines–math, sciences and history–but also help them learn about the world around them. Eight sorority houses were constructed for the girls, each designed to resemble a different country’s architecture style. Their distinctive designs made this relatively small school famous across the region.

The school attracted students from the wealthiest families of the era. According to a 2010 article in Bethesda Magazine, names like “Hershey, Chrysler, Heinz, Kraft and Maytag” filled the school’s registry. At its height in 1909, the school had 279 students and 42 faculty.

This book was published in 1914 as a manual, and potentially a promotional piece for the college ahead to the 1914-15 school year. Numbering 129 pages, the book includes maps, diagrams, black and white photography and schedules - all designed to help young women of the time acclimate to a new approach to education.

This book measures 9 5/8 x 6 3/8"

10 photos accompany this listing to confirm accuracy of condition. Please click on photo and use arrows to scroll.

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Books & Company is a proud literary partner of the Etsy community. We specialize in early American books from Civil War, depression and midcentury era writers. Each book is hand selected and we stand by the quality of every book we offer.

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