Now I'm sure you are curious what kind of schedule the children had to keep in the 1850s compared to today. This is a description of the third Old Hartford Building era schedule.
Let's begin with the weekday schedule. A typical schedule began at 6:00 in the morning. Students would be given 30 minutes to get themselves dressed. They would then go to the cafeteria for breakfast at 6:30 and get a half hour to eat.
At 7:00, for about a half hour students were expected to clean. Boys swept the stairs and the hallway while the girls cleaned the classroom and the dining hall.
At 7:30 for about 15 minutes children went to the chapel. This was a very common place for the school to give announcements and to give instructions for the day.
At 7:45, children were expected to do vocational training for over two hours doing some work in the trade shop.
At 9:45 it was back to the Chapel again for a 15 minute meeting.
From 10:00am to noon, students were expected to go to their classrooms.
From noon until 1:00pm students went to the dining hall for what they called dinner. We would call that lunch time nowadays. Then there was some relaxation time and an opportunity to socialize and play for about a half hour.
From 1:30 to 4:00pm, about two and a half hours, they engaged in their academics.
From 4:00pm to 5:30pm they went back to vocational training in the trade shop. That would take them again, all the way to 5:30. What a day so far. It seems as if they got a break from 5:30pm to 6:00pm.
And then at 6:00pm it was supper time and they were allowed one hour for supper.
At 7:00pm the small children got ready for bed. From 7:00 to 9:00pm the older children were expected to have study time for their academics.
At 9:15 it was lights out - time for bed. That is quite a schedule!
Now, on Saturday, they kept the kids busy. They would get up at 7:00am in the morning and get dressed, have breakfast and then from 7:30 to 8:00, they would spend time cleaning.
At 8:00am for about 15 minutes, they would go to the chapel to have their regular meeting time.
From 8:15 to 11:00am, they were still doing vocational training at the trade shop, even on a Saturday, they were expected to do so. So that was almost three hours of vocational training on a Saturday.
While the children were in vocational training, the dorm supervisors or residential counselors would boil water for the children's baths. So from 11:00 to noon was bath time. The boys and the girls were bathed separately.
Let's see here... From noon until about 6:00pm the students had free time. They were allowed to go into town, walk around and engage in the community. It was a good break for them.
At 6:00pm once again it was time for supper.
From 7:00 to 8:00 they went to the Chapel again and would spend an hour listening to various sermons and have time for prayer.
On Sunday morning, everyone would go to church.
On Sunday afternoon, however, the students would engage in religious education classes.
And then, in the evening from 7:00 to 9:00, was dedicated to studying their academics and writing letters to their family who often lived very far away.
Then they would just repeat the schedule all over again on Monday.
Thank you Darlene for sharing with us about the history of the American School for the Deaf. That is truly fascinating. On the last video of this series. we're going to share some fun facts about the American School for the Deaf and other DeafBlind students who attended that school as well.
I'd now like to show you a couple pictures. The first picture is of the American School for the Deaf and what it looked like during that era, and the second one is of Julia Brace herself.
A picture is being displayed that is black and white, of an older building. I'm showing a picture of the American School for the Deaf. The bottom caption reads American Asylum 1821. There's a fence in the front of the building with a gate that opens up to a walkway that winds up to the front door of the building. There is an architectural point just above the main entrance. The building has three floors.
Each section of that floor had a row of windows. The six chimney vents can be seen sticking out of the roof of the building about six of them total alternating sides of the roof.
There's also a tree in the picture, just to the right at the building.
Tomorrow we will share Julia’s picture and description.