Dear Mrs. Willard

Troy Female SeminaryThe Archives has a new exhibit on display in Folsom Library! We are showcasing fourteen letters, written from 1819 to 1837 by Rensselaer School co- founder Amos Eaton to Emma Willard. Mrs. Willard was the founder of the Troy Female Seminary (now known as the Emma Willard School). This correspondence documents Eaton’s interest in making scientific instruction available to both women and the general public. Many of the letters deal specifically with Eaton’s efforts to influence the science curriculum and teaching at Mrs. Willard’s school, which will celebrate its bicentennial in May 2014.

For those who can’t make it to Folsom Library, we’ve created an online exhibit where you can read through the correspondence at your leisure. Enjoy!

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