Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Becky: Athenaeum School for Girls


Calling all girls between 14 to 18!
Please dont miss your chance like I did!
I was turning 19 the year I found the Columbia Athenaeum School for Girls and I would like to encourage the girls that are of age to attend if they can.
"The Athenaeum Rectory began in 1835 and The Columbia Athenaeum School for Young Ladies was founded by the Smiths in 1852 and for over fifty years it had a national reputation for its quality and curriculum of mathematics, science, and business as well as art, music and history 
Today, The Athenaeum Rectory is owned by The Association for the Preservation of Tennessee Antiquities and two important education events are still offered. 


The 1861 Athenaeum Girls' School will be July 6 through 12 in 2013. Young ladies of age 14-18 come dressed in authentic 19th century costumes, to study etiquette, penmanship, art, music, dance, and the social graces. In addition, they participate in side-saddle horsemanship, archery and other sports. The week is highlighted on Friday evening with graduation ceremonies followed by the formal ball to which they are escorted by members of the Jackson Cadets, a local group of young men dedicated to the study of mid-19th century history and customs.
 
Samantha's mad skills
On May 3 - May 4, 2013, a condensed version of the school is offered to women of ages 19 and above. Also attired in 19th century costume, for two days the ladies participate in the same kinds of activities taught by the same qualified faculty as do the young women.
For more information on the 1861 Athenaeum Girls' School and 1861 Ladies' Weekend, you may contact them using this link."

With permission, I used Samantha Bullat's photos she took in 2009. 

19 comments:

  1. I went to this the same year as Samantha and the year before! It's such a fun experience, I definitely would recommend it to any girl! Besides the great friends you make it's an amazing experience to be able to do this for a week and all the fun activities!

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    1. It sounds really fun an I wish the girls to take their opportunity when they can, maybe for my sake, but it really sounds fun.

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  2. Why don't we have anything like this in Michigan? I know plenty of young ladies in this area that would love to attend one of these!

    Kristen

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    1. I know! I was upset when I found out, but Ill be shipping my girls off to it (if they still have it) when they are of age!

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  3. I plan on attending in 2014! I am very excited- I am making all of my own dresses. You can check out my progress at ramblingsofaseamstress.blogspot.com.

    Juliana

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  4. Hi Becky,
    That looks like fun. Too bad there isn't something like that around here in mid Missouri. Thanks for sharing.
    Gina

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    1. Youre welcome, I mean, Michigan is a little far too, but if I had time I would have walked there if I needed to!

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  5. This sounds like so much fun! I don't think I can get three dresses sewn between now and July though... :/ They do, however have a Ladies Weekend! It's not as long and period dress is optional, instead of required, but they teach the same things.

    -Veronica

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    1. Veronica we should go as a group!

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  6. I heard about the school when I was 20! If only I had found out about it 2 years earlier. :( I would love to attend one of the Ladies weekends, but would have to incorporate it into a trip to America as I live on the other side of the Atlantic. Hopefully one day... *dreams*. Thank you for posting the photos. :)

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    1. Yeah, I wish it was better advertised. Have you been over here before? I know a few cool places here in MI.

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    2. I have been to America three times, but would love to go back again. There are so many places that I would love to visit - Colonial Williamsburg, Boston, The Athenaeum, and so many more. Is MI Mississippi?

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    3. Good guess, but MI is Michigan. MS is Mississippi, and i searched that. Lol I'm a bad American.

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  7. I'm going there 2014! I'm awfully excited for it. Samantha's pictures are so wonderful.

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    1. Whoops, I meant 2013. This year, that is.

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  8. There will be one held in St. Louis Missouri in 2014 also. It will be held at the Historic Shapley Ross House, built c. 1821. It is a stone house and has recently been fully rennovated. 10 lucky ladies will be able to attend. The number is limited because the entire event is held in the home! Yes, you even get to sleep in the bedchambers!!!!

    For info contact Prof. Karen Duffy at
    KDuffy@slcconline.edu

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    1. This is fabulous! I would love to know more! Than you for the contact information!

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