Historic Pelham

Presenting the rich history of Pelham, NY in Westchester County: current historical research, descriptions of how to research Pelham history online and genealogy discussions of Pelham families.

Monday, April 16, 2007

History of Pelham Schools on the Web Site of the Pelham Union Free School District

A few months ago, The Pelham Union Free School District posted a brief history of Pelham Schools to its Web site. Click here to view the history, which contains a number of excellent historic photographs of various schools in Pelham. The history is in the PDF format and requires Adobe Reader to view.

The history is a wonderful summary of the history of free schools in Pelham. It begins in 1835 with the little school house on Split Rock Road. The earliest evidence of any school in Pelham dates to 1802. See Thursday, April 5, 2007: A Brief History of Early Schools in the Manor of Pelham and Surrounding Areas Published in 1905.

The history does not deal with Pelham schools that once were located on City Island. Nor does it address conflicting evidence regarding whether the former Pelham Town Hall once located on Shore Road served as a school. (I have wavered on this point in the last few years. I once believed that rumors that the Town Hall on Shore Road (razed in the 1950s) once served as a school were inaccurate. Recently I have seen evidence that suggests to me that the building did serve as a school at one time.)

Nor does the history deal with parochial and private schools in Pelham such as Mrs. Hazen's School for Girls, the Taft School for Boys, the parochial school established by the Bolton family, Pelham Priory School for Girls and other such programs.

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