- Education by Gender
March 1, 1856 YORK, South Carolina Arts/Leisure, Education, War, Women
The Charleston Mercury ran an advertisement in March 1856 for the creation of a "Preparatory Military School" in Yorkville, South Carolina. Though the school was set to open nine years later, in 1865, the headmasters were thinking far ahead. The basic courseload for the school had arithmetic, history, geography, and grammar, while the advanced lessons included surveying, mythology, French, and, interestingly...
- Ad in Charleston Mercury Offers Ladies Benefits of an Academy Education
November 17, 1832 CHARLESTON, South Carolina Arts/Leisure, Education, Urban-Life/Boosterism, Women
On Saturday, November 17, 1832 an ad appeared in the Charleston Mercury for a "Young Ladies' French and English Academy" which had just opened in Philadelphia. Such ads for girl's academies were not uncommon in the 1830s, for over the span of the early 1800s there was a growing trend for families to send their daughters to one of these schools if they could afford it. The popularity of these academies...
- The classic walls of The Dear Old Mary Sharpe College
January, 1870 to March 12, 1871 HARDEMAN, Tennessee Education, Women
After two years of silence, Fannie Irene Jones wrote about her evolution from a little child of eleven longing for the shades of the classic walls of the dear old Mary Sharpe, to a college girl whose brightest hope as been realized. Unlike the stereotypical image of the upper class southern belle isolated on a large plantation, Fannie studied Latin and Greek every day until she could leave the farm...