The Origins of Kindergarten in the U.S.

August 3rd, 2001 by Adam

The Society for Scholarly Dialogue at Plymouth State College presents Dr.
Patricia Cantor, chair of the College’s education department, who will speak on the origins of
kindergarten in the U.S. at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4. Cantor says, The kindergarten as we know it today is very different from the original German
kindergartens of 150 years ago, in which ardent young women nurtured children’s moral and
spiritual development through carefully designed materials and structured games.” Cantor’s
talk, Feminism, Nationalism, and Social Reform: The Origins of Kindergarten in the U.S.,
1850-1910, traces the adoption of kindergarten in the U.S. and its transformation into an
institution for Americanizing immigrants, fostering social reform and providing opportunities for
women to achieve professional status and recognition.

Cantor will also discuss the turn-of-the-century kindergarten and kindergarten teacher training
program at Plymouth State College, which reflect larger trends in the evolution of kindergarten.

Guests are invited to dinner preceding the talk at 5:15 p.m. in the Frost Academic Commons
on School Street in Plymouth. The charge for dinner is $8.75. There is no charge for the

For information or to make a dinner reservation, contact Dr. Jeanne Dubino, Society for
Scholarly Dialogue, at (603)535-2682 or e-mail