25 Oct GUEST AUTHOR- Woodstock Teacher Training: Two Programs 100 Years Apart
By Mary Feierabend Girard ’76
While sitting in the Alumni office researching two great aunts who attended Woodstock in 1910-1911, I overheard a discussion about a teachers’ training program. After inquiring further I learned that the school is intent on beginning a training program that would not only equip the current staff, but also train and certify teachers.
I found this particularly interesting for my great aunts, Elizabeth and Dora Hahn (as they are listed in school records), were attending a similar teacher training program a hundred years ago.
There is a great deal of information to be gleaned from the Quadrangles and archives at the Woodstock alumni office.
Lori Osborne (Archivist), Dr. Cate Whitcomb ’66, Margo Warner Curl ’67, Lauranne Barnard Cebulak ’67, Max Marble (AV) ’67, Sue Scott Swanson ’67 and Ron Swanson (Former Staff) are all providing an important service by organizing the archives and helping others find information about their family and friends. In my case I am writing a book about the mother of these two aunts, my great great grandmother, “Doris” Hahn. So my research here is a small portion of a greater work.
I can share with you what I learned of the Teacher Training program. I of course, was interested only in two short years of a program that lasted from 1907-1921. The “embryo” of the idea began in 1905, according to then Principal Rev. H. Marston Andrews, by adding a new wing (I believe currently, the music department; in my day the art room). In 1907 arrangements were made to begin a Fine Arts program through the University of Allahabad. It was not until 1909 that there were sufficient qualified staff on board. In 1911, a BA program began. I am unclear of the affiliation of a Missionary training program, which was also included in what was commonly called “College”.
The class of 1910 had 10-12 students. Until 1912, when Woodstock purchased the Midlands Estate, the College was in the main Woodstock building. In 1911 the young ladies were very happy to move into a large light filled airy room that had both a view of the Doon and Mussoorie. The young ladies referred to the room as Liberty Hall. They roomed and took class in the same room.
The actual move and expansion of the College to Midlands took place in 1913. The program ended when Mrs and Rev. Andrews had to leave due to illness in 1921 and Rev. Allen Parker took over as President.
I have added a whimsical jotting about the Fine Arts program from the 1908 Quadrangle.
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