Today in History: Elizabeth Palmer Peabody & Kindergarten

The Kindergarten interior c1876
Today in History–May 16–the Library of Congress features educator Elizabeth Palmer Peabody, born on this day in 1804. Peabody opened the first English-language kindergarten in the United States in 1860. Learn more about this teacher, writer, and prominent figure in the Transcendental movement by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access primary sources related to kindergarten.

Kindergarten messenger” monthly journal edited by Elizabeth Palmer Peabody (May, 1873 through December, 1874)

Record of Mr. Alcott’s school, exemplifying the principles and methods of moral culture by Elizabeth Palmer Peabody (1874)

Guide to the kindergarten and intermediate class by Elizabeth P. Peabody (1877)

After kindergarten-what! by Elizabeth Palmer Peabody (1878)

First steps to the study of history by Elizabeth Palmer Peabody (1832)

Elizabeth Palmer Peabody historical newspaper coverage through 1894

Making The Kindergarten More Effective by Baker Brownell Abilene Weekly Reflector (Abilene, Kan.), 27 April 1916

Free kindergartens : Mr. Mitchell, of Wisconsin presented the following statement of Hon. William Harris, Commissioner of Education

Kindergarten legislation

Kindergarten books & articles

Kindergarten sheet music

Kindergarten ball game (film, 1904)

Kindergarten images

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