Monday, June 12, 2017

Hoosier Dusty Files - June 12, 1837 - Indianapolis Female Institute Established

A Year of Indiana History - 2016
A Year of Indiana History - 2016

June 12, 1837 - Indianapolis Female Institute Established
Until the Presbyterian Church established the Indianapolis Female Institute in 1837, there were few educational opportunities for girls in Indianapolis. There were numerous schools for boys, but since coeducational schools were unheard of, girls had few opportunities for higher education. James Blake, Isaac Coe and James M. Ray managed to get the Indiana General Assembly to issue them a charter for a girl's school in 1836. The school opened on June 12, 1837 with Mary J. and Harriet Axtell at its head. Harriet Axtell had been a teacher at the Geneva Female Seminary in New York. The school taught mathematics, natural history and history, and other subjects. The school was considered and excellent school and operated until 1847, when Harriet Axtell's health failed. The school closed shortly thereafter.

Indiana possesses a rich history that is fun to read and learn. This Hoosier Dusty Files is in an easy to read “this day in history format” and includes articles from the author's A Year in Indiana History series. Visitors may read the articles as they appear or purchase the book:
A Year of Indiana History - 2016
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