Chatham Hall: A History of Excellence

Chatham Hall: A History of Excellence

by William Black


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One of the oldest and most revered prep schools in Virginia, Chatham Hall has been home to hundreds of girls since its establishment in 1894. American artist Georgia O'Keeffe studied and began her career at the school. After a fire badly damaged the school in 1906, Andrew Carnegie aided in the rebuilding process. Later, the widow of Coca-Cola's first bottler, Mrs. Arthur Kelly Evans, and Lynchburg native John Craddock helped save the school from closing in 1928. The school and its students offered a tremendous contribution to the nation during World War II, even inspiring a visit from Eleanor Roosevelt. Join author William Priestley Black on a celebration of the astonishingly rich history of Chatham Hall.

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ISBN-13: 9781626193901
Publisher: The History Press
Publication date: 02/18/2014
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

William Black came to Chatham Hall in 1982 as chair of the English Department. Since that time he has served in numerous positions, currently as the school's historian and archivist. His academic credentials include an undergraduate degree from The College of William and Mary and two graduate degrees from Duke University. He is President of the Pittsylvania Historical Society and serves on the Chatham Town Council.

Table of Contents

Prologue 9

1 An Iris from the Widow Gilmer's Garden 11

2 Purple and Gold 17

3 Surviving the Unthinkable 24

4 A More Dangerous Foe 33

5 Expanding the "College" 38

6 Reaching for a New Age 53

7 The Lees 63

8 Years of Prosperity 69

9 The Vision for St. Mary's 79

10 War Years 85

11 Looking Forward 89

12 The First "Rector" 97

13 Money Matters 107

14 Open to the World 115

15 Remaining Single-Sex 119

16 A Period of Stress 124

17 Take a Deep Breath 130

Epilogue: Sealing the Vision 137

Index 141

About the Author 143

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