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2019 in Review

It was an eventful year at NBSS in 2019! We look back at just some of the year's highlights shared on social media.

Founder's Day, Part IV: A New Era, Rooted in History

The School's experimental tradition continued leading up to WWII and for decades beyond. A range of new NBSIS initiatives served divergent groups—children and adults, men and women, civilians and veterans—each reflecting the changing needs of local residents and the broader society.

Part four of a four-part series on the origins of North Bennet Street School.

Founder's Day, Part III: Growth and Experimentation

With the Sloyd educational philosophy fully integrated into North Bennet Street Industrial School's offerings by the close of the 19th century, Pauline Agassiz Shaw's vision of "an institution for training in industrial occupations persons of all ages" grew quickly. Learn more about the growth of the School's wide array of pre-vocational programs, social clubs, and training for veterans and immigrants from 1900-1940.

Part three of a four-part series on the origins of North Bennet Street School.

Founder's Day, Part II: Sloyd & Training The Whole Person

From the beginning, North Bennet Street School was a pioneer in advocating the value of hand skills training to society. The manual arts training movement known in Sweden as Educational Sloyd (slojd means 'craft' or 'manual skill') was brought to this country in large part through the efforts of our founder, Pauline Agassiz Shaw.

Part two of a four-part series on the origins of North Bennet Street School.

Founder's Day, Part I: A Short History of Pauline Agassiz Shaw

Learn more about Pauline Agassiz Shaw, the Swiss-born daughter of a Harvard University naturalist and stepdaughter of the founding president of Radcliffe College. Discover how her intellectually rich upbringing, but limited financial means, infused within her a respect for learning, and how she became a social and educational pioneer, championing such efforts as public kindergartens, day nurseries, voting rights, and manual arts training for men, women, and children of all backgrounds.

Part one of a four-part series on the origins of North Bennet Street School.