Manumit Brochure 1928

Manumit Summer School

July 9 August 25, 1928
A co-educational school for children and student teachers where the entire life is conceived of as an educative process and where recreation, community projects and the daily work activity combine to make for the children a healthy, joyous and constructive daily program. Student teachers will share in the activities and responsibilities of the community and of the groups. In addition they will meet daily with a staff instructor, who with them as well as for them will translate the practical daily problems into terms of an educational philosophy.


The school is prepared to accommodate 50 boys and girls from nine to fourteen years of age, and ten student teachers. The child­ren will 1928be accommodated in the school buildings or in tents, depending upon their age and the wishes of their parents. They will eat in a large out-of-door dining room. As many as possible of their activities will be carried on out of doors, but there will be available for rainy weather the social hall, the gymnasium, craft shop, music room and a class room for each group. The buildings will be thoroughly screened. There will be adequate bathing and toilet facilities both for those in the buildings and in the tents. Swimming will be a daily activity.


The health of the children will be a primary ob­jective of the summer school. But preventive rather than curative methods will be the concern of the director and school nurse. An adequate amount of sleep, and a daily rest hour; the calming influence of our own green-clad Cobble Hill, and the gray outlines of the dis­tant hills; a diet scientifically planned and careful super­vision of eating; an abundance of fresh vegetables from our own garden which will obviate the danger of an over starched or over protein diet; these will be included in our health program. Parents are requested to co-operate in maintaining the health of the children by sending no packages of candy or food.

Daily Program

The children will be divided into three age groups each under the direction of a leader and assistant. The student teachers may be assigned to or may volunteer to co-operate with anyone of these groups. The activities of the groups will center around projects which will make use of the rich environ­ment which Manumit affords. Gardening, care of animals building projects of various kinds, nature study, engineer­ing projects in conjunction with our swimming pool and brook and forestry, are among the possibilities afforded. In addition instruction will be supplied in creative music interpretive dancing. clay modeling and art work, basket­ry and carpentry. The ideals and general plan of the sum­mer school will approximate those of the winter school except that it offers no specific academic objective.


The staff will consist of trained group leaders largely from our winter school faculty, each with an assistant teacher; special teachers in music and shop work; a farm-work leader, and other councilors chosen because of their love and understanding of children and of the great out doors. A resident nurse is on the staff.


 For trade union children: $115

For non-trade union children $230

For student teachers: $150

These fees are inclusive. $50 is payable with regis­tration, the balance before July 1st, with a breakage de­posit fee of $10, which will be returnable subject to charges, at the close of the term.

Careful consideration will be made of all children and student teacher applications, and preference will be given to those who seem most likely to profit from the ad­vantages which Manumit offers, and who fit best into our community life.

Officers and Executive Committee  

A. J. MUSTE, Chairman Brookwood Labor College


HENRY R. LINVILLE, Vice-Chairman American Federation of Teachers

NELLIE M. SEEDS, Director Manumit School  

JACOB M. BUDISH Cloth Hat, Cap and Millinery Workers’ International Union

FANNIA M. COHN Int’l Ladies’ Garment Workers

SOLON DE LEON Delaware Cliff Camps

ALEXIS C. FERM, formerly of the Modern School, Stelton, N.J.

LAURA GARRETT Houasatonic Camp

JOSEPH K. HART University of Wisconsin

ABRAHAM LEFKOWITZ American Federation of Teachers

JAMES H. MAURER Pennsylvania Federation of Labor

JOHN M. O’HANLON N. Y. State Federation of Labor

JOSEPH SCHLOSSBERG Amalgamated Clothing Workers

ROSE SCHNEIDERMAN Nat. Women’s Trade Union League

REXFORD G. TUGWELL Columbia University

PHILIP UMSTADTER Int’l. Pressmen’s Union

Educational Advisory Committee

 WM. H. KILPATRICK, Columbia University


E. C. LINDEMAN, School of Social Work

HARRY C. OVERSTREET, College of the City of N. Y.

 For further information apply for school catalogue to The Director, Pawling, Dutchess Co N. Y

Telephone, Pawling 17