Grand Rapids Kindergarten Association

Kindergarten has a history? Revolutionary German methods for teaching young children were adopted in Grand Rapids when members of the Ladies Literary Club founded a Kindergarten Training School in 1894. The Froebel Foundation’s Scott Bultman will use his vast collection of photographs and documents to report on how LLC women lured the country’s best teacher here from Chicago and how the daughter of Grand Rapids’ first architect devoted her life to the movement. Kindergarten became both a “calling” and a career opportunity for local women from varied socio-economic levels and racial backgrounds. Built by dedicated women reformers and philanthropists nationwide, the movement spawned settlement houses and the YWCA, as well as temperance and suffrage initiatives. Grand Rapids’ fascinating story will illustrate the overall national history.


Presented by Scott Bultman
Sponsor: Greater Grand Rapids Women’s History Council

This presentation is part of the 2016 History Detectives program on Saturday, January 23, at the Ryerson Auditorium, Grand Rapids Public Library. Download the Full PDF Brochure Here