College News and Departmental Notes: Death of Susan E. Blow
by Departmental notes - 1916
Miss Susan E. Blow, one of the pioneers in kindergarten education in America, died on the 26th of March in New York City at the Berkeley Hotel, where she had lived for several winters. Miss Blow was born in St. Louis in 1843, and was a brilliant representative of one of the oldest and best known families of the South. Her interest in the kindergarten began in 1872 when she came to New York to visit one of the first kindergartens opened in this country. This kindergarten was directed by Miss Maria Boelte, a young woman who had studied with Frau Froebel in Germany, traveling later to England where she cooperated with Charles Dickens and other celebrities of the day in introducing the kindergarten into England. Miss Blow, then a young woman, persuaded Miss Boelte (later Madam Kraus-Boelte) to prepare her to introduce the kindergarten into the schools of her native city. A year later she returned to St. Louis and gave her services to the city in training both children and teachers in the new education, in cooperation with Dr. William T. Harris, who was at that time superintendent of schools. A lifelong friendship grew up between these two educators, who were bound together by a common interest in the idealistic philosophy of Germany, of which Froebel was the educational exponent.
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