Catalog of the Officers and Students of the Hollidaysburg Seminary
Pittsburgh: Printed by Jackson & McEwen, 52 1/2 Fifth Avenue, 1875.
Officers and Teachers.
Rev. Joseph Waugh, A.M., Principal, and Teacher of Moral Science.
Mrs. Arabella Todd Waugh, Vice-Principal.
Sarah A. Hite, Algebra, Latin, Botany, Gymnastics.
Martha E. Stewart, Arithmetic and English Branches.
Sallie M. Stewart, Natural Science and Mathematics.
Georgiana Wilson, Arithmetic and Geography.
Sarah King, Piano and Theory of Music.
Eliza French, Vocal Music.
Hildur Halberg, French and German.
Caroline H. Marquis, Drawing and Painting.
Annie Saddington, Matron.
SARAH CRESSWELL, Hollidaysburg.
MARY BOHN, [Mrs. Rawlins,] Hollidaysburg.
ALICE H. BENNETT, [Mrs. Milliken] Pittsburgh.
CATHARINE W. CALDWELL, Wheeling, West Va.
S. ADA CLARKE, Martin's Ferry, O.
MARGARET FOLEY ARMITAGE, Huntingdon.
Graduates in Music.
Sadie P. Brown, West Liberty, West Va.
Mary Freelove Barker, New Castle.
Senior Class in Music.
Helen Jean Coates, Freeport, Ill.
Mina W. Applegate, Wellsburg, West Va.
Lizzie Fawcett, Salem, 0.
Clara McKelvy, Pittsburgh.
The Institution aims to give young ladies a LIBERAL AND PRACTICAL CHRISTIAN EDUCATION; to implant correct moral principles, and to give MENTAL POWER.
It is not a fashionable school. Display, affectation, and pretension are discouraged. Substantial, practical knowledge and mental training are our aims.
It is eminently a HOME school, in which pupils have ready access to their teachers at all times; sit with them at the same tables, pursue their studies and seek recreation together.
Hollidaysburg, Pa., is near the foot of the Allegheny Mountains, in a region noted for a healthful atmosphere and the beauty and grandeur of its scenery. Many localities within sight from the Seminary windows are familiar to artists, and have often been reproduced on canvas. The scenery frequently attracts the pupils to exercise, and affords means for aesthetic culture as well as enjoyment.
The town is accessible by the Pennsylvania Central R. R. The situation and accommodations make this school one of the most charming summer resorts in the State, while its proximity to churches, its dry atmosphere, its cheerful rooms, and the shelter of the Allegheny Mountains on the north and west, make it a delightful place for winter study. Census statistics show that Blair County enjoys greater freedom from pulmonary complaints than almost any other region of the State.
The grounds embrace about four acres.
The school hall and class rooms have high ceilings, and are large, cheerful, and well ventilated. They are furnished with walnut desks, slated blackboards, Tenny's Natural History charts, Physiological charts, Guyot's wall maps, a globe, etc.
The students have access to a well-selected library, and a large number of books of reference. A room has been neatly furnished as a reading-room, in which the best magazines and papers are kept.
The methods of general instruction are believed to be in accordance with the best conclusions of Mental Science and the principles established by the ablest educators. The prominent principles and laws of each science are sought, explained, and fixed on the minds of the students. The class in Etiquette and Propriety, consisting of the whole school, is under the direction of the Vice-Principal. It has been the means of cultivating good manners and imparting a correct public spirit in the school.
The building is one of the most commodious and complete in the country. It was planned for the purpose of a seminary. The front is 150 feet in length, and the extreme depth is 160 feet. The walls are built of stone; the roof is of slate. To avoid dampness the walls are furred; that is, a considerable space is made to intervene between the walls and plastering, a precaution hardly necessary in the location. The rooms are unusually large and cheerful
Persons at a distance can get a fair idea of the plan of the building, size and location of the rooms, etc., from the cuts. A photograph of the building will be sent to any one on application.
A very important matter to every student is to have wholesome water. With this our school is abundantly supplied. A mountain stream of very soft water, always clear and pure, is taken by pipes to all stories of the building
A Gymnasium in the building affords opportunity for exercise in bad weather. In good weather, daily exercise is required in the open air. Dio Lewis' system of light gymnastics is taught in the school. A scholar's health almost invariably improves by attendance at this school. More sickness is generally contracted during the vacation at holidays than during the entire school year in the Seminary. Physicians' bills for more than one hundred persons, from Sept. 9th to Christmas, 1874, amounted to but THREE DOLLARS.
The table will be supplied, as heretofore, with an abundance and variety of wholesome food.
In order to complete the Course of Study in four years, each student should have a thorough knowledge of Arithmetic through fractions, and of the elements of Geography and English Grammar, before entering the Institution. Attention to this fact may prevent disappointment.
READING, WRITING, COMPOSITION, PROSODY, and ENGLISH LITERATURE are pursued throughout the Course. Pupils are required to write analyses and exercises in nearly all their studies.
Students in the Languages recite five times a week.
Thorough instruction and drill afforded in Gymnastics.
Before Graduation each student must review and be examined upon the Course, or upon studies fully equivalent in extent and importance.
Course of Study.
ARITHMETIC, MENTAL AND WRITTEN, White.
ALGEBRA, continued, Olney.
NATURAL THEOLOGY, Paley.
The Bible is used as a text-book, and is daily read in the school. A general Bible-Class is held every Sabbath. The evidences and doctrines of Evangelical Christianity are taught.
On Sabbath morning each pupil is required to attend such church as parents or guardians may prefer; but in all evening services the pupils shall accompany the Principal. The Presbyterian, Baptist, and Lutheran Churches are not more than a square from the Seminary grounds, and the Methodist Episcopal Church but little farther distant. Weekly prayer-meetings are conducted by the pupils in the Seminary.
A high standard of Musical Culture is aimed at. To insure a thorough and refined style of piano-playing, a strictly progressive course, both in regard to Technique as well as musical forms and ideas, has been laid out. The new, or so-called romantic school is not excluded but combined with the classic, which is the foundation of all Music. The student is not required to go through all the exercises and pieces of each class; since we believe that the teachers cannot follow, with all pupils, one beaten path, and the individuality of each should ever be kept in view.
Harmony, Thorough Bass, and Composition of Music are taught without extra charge.
Courses in Music.
I. Five finger exercises; six major scales; "Very Easy Preludes," by Czerny; very easy pieces, requiring alone strict legato playing.
II. Major scales; staccato touch; exercises by Duvernoy, Kohler, and Concone; Kullak's "Kinderleben;" Clementi's sonatinas op. 36; easy pieces of the modern school; Diabelli's 4 hd. sonatinas.
III. Minor scales; Arpeggios of common chords; Heller's Studies in Rhythm; Bertini's op. 29 and op. 32; sonatas, by Clementi and Haydn; salon pieces. Beginning of the study of Harmony.
IV. Grand Arpeggios; "Etudes de la velocite," by Czerny; Preludes and Inventions, by Bach; Etudes, by Cramer; Heller's Studies in Phrasing; sonatas, by Mozart; songs without words, by Mendelssohn; Harmony continued; Musical Composition.
V. Scales in double thirds and sixths; Moschele's op. 70; "Finishing studies," by Czerny; Etudes, by Chopin and Henselt; sonatas, by Beethoven; Comp., by Chopin, Thalberg, Hummel, Liszt, etc.; study of counterpoint and fugue; analysis of pianoforte and vocal works.
The student who has fulfilled the requirements of the fourth class receives Diploma No. 2, with recommendation as teacher.
The full graduate receives Diploma No. 1, as "Master of Music."
The School Year.
The Seminary Exercises will begin for the next year on September 8, 1875, and close on June 15, 1876. The usual recess of three weeks will be given at the holidays.
Boarding, tuition, gas in room, and furnished room, for the school year 1875-76:
Third floor, four pupils in a room, each, $200 00
More than two pupils will not be put in a room unless it is desired. Thirty-five  cents per week will be charged each pupil for fuel, while it is used. The rooms are all completely furnished, lighted with gas, and carpeted. Pupils who do not remain the entire year will be charged to the end of the quarter in which they leave. No deduction will be made for absence during the first or last two weeks of a term, nor any UNNECESSARY ABSENCE during the term. The lowest rates will be charged only when there are four occupants in the room.
N. B. - No extra charge is made for Light, Furniture, Gymnastics, Chemistry, or Chalk, &c.
Twenty-five per cent. deduction on all bills, except those for extras, to Ministers' Daughters.
Latin, French, or German, $20 00
If a pupil abandons an extra study, she will be charged to the end of the quarter in which she abandons it.
Boarding pupils are expected to pay $100 at the opening of the school year, $100 on January 15th, 1875, and the balance at the close of the school.
An extra charge will be made for every meal served out of the dining room, for any cause whatever - or in the dining room out of stated hours.
If a room is engaged and held until too late to be occupied by others, the holder will be responsible for the loss sustained.
The above charges are as low as can be afforded and maintain the advantages of the school. By employing inferior teachers or diminishing the comforts of the scholars, the cost might be decreased, but the character of the school could not be maintained.
Rooms should be engaged, when it is possible, one month before the opening of the Session.
When pupils are ill they are put under the care of a lady of experience and approved judgment, who has a room fitted up for a nursery, and who has been very successful by her watchfulness and care in preventing sickness.
Parents should so prepare their daughters' wardrobes as to leave them little occasion for shopping.
As a matter of economy, each pupil should be furnished with a gymnastic suit. This can be had in the Seminary for $7.
The supply of more money than is absolutely necessary, is worse than useless.
Absence, even for a few days, during term time, has such an evil influence on the progress of a student, so distracts the minds of others, and so deranges the classes, that parents are earnestly requested not to allow it.
Students should be present on the first day of each term. Tardy entrances keep back prompt students, increase the teachers' labors, frequently prevent the pupil from acquiring, thoroughly, THE FIRST ELEMENTS of a science, and inculcate a bad habit of IMPUNCTUALITY.
Parents are requested to make as few solicitations as possible for exceptions to the Rules. Such solicitations greatly increase the difficulty in the regulation and control of a seminary, which are understood only by those who have had experience in the work.
Parents are requested not to furnish their daughters with expensive clothing or jewelry. Their dress should be comfortable and simple in all its parts. Valuable time is lost by too much dressing. Stout walking-shoes, overshoes, and umbrellas will be needed.
A box of cake or confectionery almost invariably makes the recipient and her companions sick. FRIENDS OF THE PUPILS WILL PLEASE NOT SEND SUCH BOXES.
The matter of visiting is controlled by the authorities of the school - not by the parents.
Unmarked clothing will not be taken charge of in the laundry. Pupils should bring towels, table napkins, and rings. These are all the articles they are expected to furnish.
1 - A Christian Home.
2. - Thorough and successful Teachers.
3. - Philosophical and Chemical Apparatus, Maps, and Charts.
4. - Thorough teaching in Music. Good Pianos.
5. - Commodious and very superior building.
6. - Rooms large, cheerful, and well ventilated.
7. - Gymnastics without extra charge. - Gymnasium and ample grounds, beautiful scenery, and opportunities for rambling, boating, fishing, etc.
8. - Pure Soft Water. Bath Room for Pupils.
9. - Admirable location. Entire freedom from smoke, noise, and dust.
10. - Near to various Churches.
11. - Gaslight. No danger from Lamps.
12. - Weekly class in Etiquette and Propriety.
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