Elizabeth Harrison, noted kindergartner is summoned by death
Wilmette Life (Wilmette, Illinois), 4 Nov 1927, p. 6

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Word has been received of the death in San Antonio, Texas, on October 31, of Elizabeth Harrison, founder and for thirty-four years president of the National Kindergarten and Elementray [sic] college, and for the past seven years its president emeritus.

Miss Harrison was a pioneer in Chicago and in America in the field of training teachers and mothers for the task of educating little children. In the early 80's she organized mothers' classes in which Mrs. George W. Dixon, Mrs. Bruce P. Hamilton, Mrs. John Borland, Mrs. Andrew MacLeish, Mrs. Cyrus McCormick, Mrs. Arthur Meeker, and other well known leaders were enrolled. As a result of the interest in child training thus created, the Chicago Kindergarten college, now the National Kindergarten and Elementary college, a training school for teachers and mothers was organized in 1886, with Miss Harrison as president.

Dring the years from 1886 until her retirement in 1920, Miss Harrison was known as an outstanding educator and an authority on childhood education and the training of teachers for this work. She instituted the famous Literary schools of the early 90's, was one of the first women to appear on the program of the National Education association, lectured frequently before meetings of the National Congress of Mothers, the International Kindergarten Union and other organizations, and, in 1912, at the request of the Bureau of Education, Washington, investigated the work of Madam Montessori in Rome.

Miss Harrison was a graduate of the Froebel Kindergarten Training school Chicago and studied with Susan Blow in the St. Louis Kindergarten Training school, with Madam Kraus-Bolte in New York, and in Europe with Baroness Marenholz Von Bulow, an intimate friend of Froebel. Her first book, "A Study of Child Nature," which has now passed its 55th edition, contains a series of her lectures to mothers.

Since 1920, owing to failing health, Miss Harrison had lived in San Antonio, Texas, where she completed her last book, "The Unseen Side of Child Life."

The Kindergarten college was closed Friday of this week, the day of the services for Miss Harrison, which were held in Davenport, Ia.

Memorial services are to be held in Harrison hall, Sunday afternoon, November 13, at 4 o'clock.

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4 Nov 1927
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Elizabeth Harrison, noted kindergartner is summoned by death