First Kindergarten

919 Charles St., Watertown, Wisconsin

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America's First Kindergarten

The concept of a Kindergarten (literally, "Children Garden") was developed in Germany by Frederich Froebel in 1837 in Blankenburg, Germany. The Prussian government, that didn't care much Froebel, banned the Kindergarten in 1851 but by then, the concept had already spread to the rest of Europe. Margarethe Schurz, wife of pioneer conservationist and former Secretary of the Interior, Carl Schurz, opened her first Kindergarten in this building in 1856.

Because of the significance of the German-speaking Kindergarten, the building was moved to this location as a part of the Watertown Historical Society's park here, site of the Octagon House.

Photo taken by J.R. Manning

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National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on February 23, 1972
Reference number
72000055
Area of significance
Education
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; B - Person
Property type
Building
Historic function
School
Current function
Museum
Period of significance
1850-1874
Significant year
1856

Update Log 

  • July 21, 2010: New photos from J.R. Manning

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