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A Century of Learning From Children: Highlights from the City and Country School Archives


May 14th, 2014 - May 22nd, 2014

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In celebration of its centennial, City and Country School has gathered a collection of archival photographs, articles, and objects spanning the past 100 years. Explore the rich history of City and Country, and the power, endurance, and relevance of a progressive education.

“With more hope than money I set up my school in a three room apartment at the corner of Fourth and Twelfth Streets. It was the autumn of 1914.”

The visionary insight of Caroline Pratt is as relevant to the education of today’s children as it was to her first six students. Pratt realized that the more children actively participate in their own education, the better. “A goodly floor space, basic materials for play, and many children using them together” were the elements of a new kind of pioneering, democratic education for children that guided Pratt to begin the Play School, which went on to become today’s City and Country.

A century later, the School continues to be an innovative leader in progressive education. 368 children, ages 2-13, enjoy a campus of seven brownstones and adjacent courtyards, still rooted in the dynamic community of Greenwich Village.

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This exhibit runs from May 14 - May 22, during regular library hours.
Opening reception Tuesday, May 13, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.