Every once in a while I will sit and look through my post cards and pull a few to check out the history behind the picture. With the card I am sharing today I did just that. Wow was I in for a surprise.
Miss Porter’s School, Farmington Connecticut has been around since 1843! In 1847 she had 25 students. A group of Framington fathers wanted their daughters to get the best education and encouraged the growth of the school. In 1886 there were 62 graduates. Miss Porter ran the school until her death in 1900. Then her nephew Robert Porter Keep and his wife managed the school. Robert Porter Keep Jr. became the headmaster. The school remained private until 1943 when it was incorporated as a non-profit. At one time it was refereed to as a finishing school for girls.
The curriculum taught at Porter's in the 19th century included Latin, French and German, spelling, reading, arithmetic, trigonometry, history and geography. Because Sarah Porter believed young women to be as capable of learning as young men, her curriculum also included chemistry, physiology, botany, geology and astronomy. The arts also were emphasized; Sarah Porter hired prominent men to teach drawing and give music lessons, and chamber music concerts were frequently given at the school. Each student was expected to design her course selection to meet her individual needs and talents. - Quoted from Miss Porter's School History
Notable students at Miss Porter’s School include:
Barbara Hutton “ Poor Little Rich Girl”
Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis
Laura Rockefeller Chasin
Over the years members of families with last names of Rockefeller, Auchincloss, Bouvier, Biddle, Bush, Havemeyer, Forbes, and Van Rensselaer, also heiresses to the fortunes Kellogg’s, Raths, Swifts, Armours, and Pillsbury.
As recently as December 2008 the school made national news, the school was being sued over the expulsion of a student.
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