Biographical Dictionary of American Educators - Vol. 2

Biographical Dictionary of American Educators - Vol. 2

Biographical Dictionary of American Educators - Vol. 2

Biographical Dictionary of American Educators - Vol. 2


"Ohles has succeeded admirably in supplying basic biographical information on an array of prominent American educators of the past and in gathering together and synthesizing materials hitherto available only in scattered sources." Reference Books Bulletin


Gage, Lucy. B. October 17, 1876, Portsmouth, Ohio, to William and Caroline (Angele) Gage. M. no. D. October 30, 1945, Nashville, Tennessee.

Lucy Gage received her elementary school education in the schools of Portsmouth, Ohio. She received her high school education in Superior, Wisconsin, and then assisted in a kindergarten in the mill district of Superior. Gage studied under Anna E. Bryan (q.v.) at the normal department of the Chicago Free Kindergarten Association and was graduated in 1896. She studied at Teachers College, Columbia University, in 1907, 1915, and 1921-1922 and received the bachelor's degree.

Following graduation from the Chicago school, she taught in the kindergartens of Chicago (1895-1900). She moved to Oklahoma and taught in a three-room school at Fort Cobb (1901-02). She went to Oklahoma City and organized a kindergarten. She helped prepare a bill for the Oklahoma legislature that would require normal schools to establish kindergarten training programs; the bill was passed in 1903. Epworth University (later, Oklahoma City University) in Oklahoma City started a kindergarten training program, and Gage taught some courses, while also directing her own kindergarten and supervising others.

In 1907 Gage became head of early elementary education in the State Normal School (later, Western Michigan University) at Kalamazoo, Michigan, where she developed the program in kindergarten education. She joined the faculty of George Peabody College for Teachers in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1920, remaining to her death in 1945. Nursery school education was added to early childhood education. Gage believed in the continuity of education from nursery school through the elementary grades.

She wrote articles for professional journals and spoke before many groups throughout the United States. She was a member of a number of local and national organizations. in the National Council of Primary Education, Gage served as vice-chairman (1923-25), chairman (1925-27), and on the board of directors (1929-31). the council merged with the International Kindergarten Union in 1931. Gage wrote, along with Ella Dobbs (q.v.) and Julia Hahn, History of the National Council of Primary Education (1932).

REFERENCES: le (II); Agnes Snyder, Dauntless Women in Childhood Education, 1856-1931 . . .

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