Presenter Susan Nenadic speaks about women breaking through barriers in education in the 19th century during a Saline Area Historical Society program at 2 p.m., Sunday at the Saline District Library.
On of Nenadic's talks that has been very well received is "Dangerous Experiment." It covers the changes in education for 19th century women including Emma Willard's school in Troy, New York, which influenced many women to begin similar schools.
In 1837 in Ann Arbor, the Clark sisters established such a school which lasted forty years. The development of public high schools, Michigan State Normal School and Michigan Female College were part of the educational changes which ultimately led to women's entrance and success at the University of Michigan. Their experiences at the University were mixed, but the impact U of M had on them was not. It opened the professions to women. Its graduates filled the ranks of women educators, doctors, dentists and lawyers, many of whom ultimately gaining national and international reputations.
Though much of this information concerns Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, the content is of interest to anyone interested in education in the 19th century. The power point includes photographs of important people, places and quotations.