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William Nicholas Hailmann

(1836-1920)



German-Swiss immigrant William Nicholas Hailmann (1836-1920) was a major force in 19th century education and helped shape the progressive education movement of the early 20th century. As a teacher in the Louisville, KY schools, he rose quickly to become administrator of a German-American school with the first kindergarten classroom built in the US. He discovered the Froebel kindergarten during a trip to Zurich, and became president of the Froebel Institute of North America, guiding its transition into the Kindergarten Dept. of the NEA.

from: W. N. Hailmann: Defender of Froebel
by Dorothy W. Hewes, Ph. D




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