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  • Mary Edwina Harris

    Bousley & Moulton (1874-01-01)
    Mary Edwina Harris "Winnie" was a member of Class 37 from Freetown. She entered on August 30, 1872 and graduated on July 7,1874. She taught in Leadville, Colorado, which was one of the world's largest silver camps at the time. It was also home to outlaw Doc Holliday and was the scene of a major mining strike in the 1890s. Winnie married William Thompson of Leadville, Colorado.
  • Lucy Ellen Moten

    Smith & Bousley (1875-01-01)
    According to Notable Black American Women, "Lucy Ellen Moten's strong influence as an educator of black school teachers changed Washington D.C.'s entire educational system." Moten was born in 1851 to free black parents in Virginia. They moved to Washington D.C. for better educational opportunities for her. She started out in Howard University's normal department before transferring to Salem Normal School in 1873. She graduated in 1875 and taught in schools before taking the position of principal at Miner Normal School, a training school for black elementary teachers. In 1894, she began study at the Howard University Medical School, where she received her M.D. in 1897. She then expanded Miner's curriculum to include coursework on health and hygiene. Miner's graduates were sought by state superintendents throughout the country. Moten left Miner in 1920; it is now part of the University of District Columbia. She died in 1933. There is a Washington, D.C. elementary school that bears her name.
  • Daniel Barnard Hagar

    Taylor & Preston (1890-01-01)
    Daniel Barnard Hagar was the Principal of the Salem Normal School from 1865-1896. Hagar, the third principal of Salem Normal School, was born in Newton Lower Falls, Massachusetts, on April 22, 1820. Hagar was graduated from Union College in 1843 as valedictorian of his class and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Prior to his appointment to Salem Normal, Hagar was principal of Canajoharie Academy, superintendent of schools in New York state, principal of Norwich Academy, and headmaster of Eliot High School in Jamaica Plain. He also served as president of the Massachusetts Teachers Association, and co-founded the National Teachers Association, which became the National Education Association while he was president of the organization. Many changes occurred during Hagar's tenure as principal of Salem Normal School. The school expanded and renovated its building on Broad Street in 1871 because of increasing enrollment. The curriculum grew, with more emphasis given to psychology, music, drawing, calisthenics, and industrial arts. Hagar also developed the idea of a training school for Salem Normal students, but he would not live to see the completion of the new school building he planned, which would devote the entire first floor to a model school. Dr. Hagar died in Sharon, Massachusetts, on July 4, 1896.
  • Salem Normal School Faculty, 1880s

    Alden, A.E. (2015-03-18)
    The faculty of the Salem Normal School in the 1880s. Photo includes Principal Daniel Hagar, Ellen Dodge, Mary Godden, Mary Plumer, Elizabeth Jones, Harriet Martin, Adelaide Towle, Lizzie Herrick, Caroline Cole, Sophia Driver, and Chase Palmer.
  • The Salem Normal School Class of 1886

    Alden, A.E. (1886-01-01)
    Group portrait of the SNS Class of 1886 standing at the entrance to the school building.
  • Salem Normal School Building, 1854-1871

    Proctor, G.K. (2015-03-18)
    The original Salem Normal School building at Broad and Summer Streets.