Blow, Susan Elizabeth

Born: Jun 07, 1843 AD
Died: 1916 AD, at 72 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Educators

1843 - Born on the 7th of June in Carondelet, Missouri.

       - Blow was devoted to the theories developed by Friedrich Froebel.

1849 - A great fire burned the riverfront and downtown St. Louis. It destroyed many buildings, including Susan’s home.

1859 - Began her training at the New York Normal Training Kindergarten, operated by John Kraus and his wife Maria Boelte.

1861 - The school shut down and Susan returned to Missouri. The Blows were pro-Union and antislavery.

1865 - Four years after the Civil War, Henry Taylor Blow was appointed ambassador to Brazil. Susan Blow went with her father and worked as his secretary for fifteen months.

1873 - Blow opened a 1st public Kindergarten at Des Peres School in St. Louis, Missouri.

1879 - There were 53 kindergarten rooms in the St. Louis school system. Because she had worked very hard and become too tired, Susan Blow became sick.

1884 - She retired and traveled to improve her health.

1889 - She left St. Louis and moved east.

       - In New York and Boston, Blow wrote books and taught about the kindergarten movement.  

1916 - She died on 26th of March in New York City and was buried at Bellefontaine Cemetery in St. Louis.



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