ERIC Number: ED408128
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
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Reflections of a Schoolmistress.
Frye, Nora; Panger, Janet Schultz, Comp.
This book compiles reminiscences and letters of Nora Frye, a native of Minnesota and a teacher. The book spans Miss Frye's lifetime, beginning with her childhood on the family farm near Elk River, Minnesota, in the 1870s. The remembrances continue through her days at the University of Minnesota and her early years of teaching in a number of small towns in Minnesota, and conclude with her travels in Europe and postretirement experiences following 46 years of teaching. At a time when many women were fortunate to finish grade school, she completed a college degree and more. When most women were dependent on the men in their families for support, she remained unmarried and supported herself by teaching, even helping others in her family when needed. Although she did not set out consciously to chronicle the years bracketing the turn of the century, Miss Frye has supplied the ambience of those times. From the perspective of a midwestern woman with rural roots to the broader cosmopolitan view of one eventually at home in New York City and Europe, the essence of this period of time is recaptured by recounting selected episodes and personalities. Her writing speaks of a life dedicated to teaching, but even more to being a lifelong learner. Her memoirs include personal recollections of Maria Sanford, one of two women professors at the University of Minnesota in the late 1800s, and of poet Vachel Lindsay. Includes photographs. (TD)
Descriptors: Autobiographies, Elementary Secondary Education, Females, Higher Education, Letters (Correspondence), Life Events, Local Color Writing, Personal Narratives, Reminiscence, Small Towns, Teachers, Teaching Experience, Travel
Aurinko Publications, 1412 Eighth Avenue S.E., St. Cloud, MN 56304 ($10.95 plus $3 shipping).
Publication Type: Books; Historical Materials
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Identifiers - Location: Minnesota