16 May 1804: Birthday of Elizabeth Palmer Peabody, American educator who founded the first U.S. kindergarten (d. 1894) (Source)

Portrait of Elizabeth Palmer Peabody (Source)

Elizabeth Palmer Peabody (May 16, 1804 – January 3, 1894) was an American educator who opened the first English-language kindergarten in the United States. Long before most educators, Peabody embraced the premise that children’s play has intrinsic developmental and educational value.

Peabody was also the first translator into English of the Buddhist scripture the Lotus Sutra, translating a chapter from its French translation in 1844. (Source)

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