Medal, 1829

1829

It is particularly interesting that this medal was presented to a young lady.We do not know about Rev. Carll's Academy, however, it is plausible that it was a female academy.Female academies were established after the American Revolution, particularly in the early nineteenth century, for training future wives and mothers for rearing literate citizens of the New Republic.These schools included traditional subjects such as religion (note that this is Rev. Carll's Academy and surely emphasized religion), history, some arithmetic and reading. Most also included instruction in some kinds of women's domestic crafts such as needlework, sewing, darning, etc. as domesticity was an essential skill as well.There is an Eleanor Potts listed in census records born about 1812 in Pennsylvania; this medal was purchased in Pennsylvania and this may be the original owner of the medal.Research pending.


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