Chicago: Chicago Kindergarten Training School, 1891. First Edition. 8vo; 207pp; original blue gilt-stamped cloth, teg, ownership inscription in ink on ffe (Helen M.A. Smell / Medina N.Y. March 1891), some soiling to front cover, minor wear to tips and spine ends, endpapers with dark smudges, very good.
Elizabeth Harrison (1849-1927) was one of the key figures in the kindergarten movement in this country. Greatly influenced by Froebel, as were most who became active in this movement; she studied with Susan Blow, a prominent American Froebelian. In 1883, she and Alice Harvey Whiting Putnam founded the Chicago Kindergarten Club, devoted to promoting their cause of improving education for the young. In 1887, she founded the Chicago Kindergarten Training School which eventually became the National College of Education in 1930. She was in great demand as a lecturer and in 1891 (incorrectly cited in DAB and NAW as 1890) published these lectures. This book has been reprinted more than 50 times and has been translated into at least eight languages. It is a key book in the history of American education. NAW II, pp. 147-149. Item #8916