N2: North Bennet Street School

Pictured Above: Pauline Agassiz Shaw
Location: 150 North Street

Pauline Agassiz Shaw (1841-1917) founded the North Bennet Street Industrial School in 1881 to train newly arrived Italian and Jewish people in skilled trades. America's first trade school, the school now holds an international reputation for courses in fine furniture, jewelry, violin making, carpentry, and piano and violin restoration. Shaw, active in social reform, gave financial support to the woman suffrage movement. She is also responsible for the institutionalization of kindergarten in Boston Public Schools. In the 1880s, she developed kindergartens in fourteen schools using her own funds and energy. In 1857, the School Committee accepted responsibility for continuing these kindergartens, gradually adding more. Today, one of Boston's public schools in Dorchester is named for her.

Directions to Next Site: Return to Cross Street, turn right. Continue to Salem Street and turn left. Go across the street to the Greenway and continue across the Greenway to the Surface Road to Zipporah Potter Atkins plaque.