Magazine article Montessori Life

Letters to the Editors

Magazine article Montessori Life

Letters to the Editors

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It was with our usual anticipation that we opened Volume 18, Number 2 of Montessori Life. We were particularly engaged by the article by Keith Whitescarver and Jacqueline Cossentino. Thank you for its publication. It is exciting to read a well-researched article on the early years by persons who could not have gotten their information firsthand. It confirmed our strong support of the archival collection of the American Montessori Society, which was recently moved from Teachers College, Columbia University, to the Dodd Center at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT.

Articles such as this excellent recounting of Nancy Rambusch's valiant work in the late 1950s and early 1960s and her dogged determination to make Maria Montessori's "second coming" to America the lasting influence it has been on American early childhood education, would not be possible unless the early (and subsequently the more recent) "stuff" had not survived several moves of the AMS office. It is important to give credit to Cleo Monson for her judicious saving of seemingly trivial pieces of paper, which now are safely and securely housed in a proper special collection at the Dodd Center. I hope many of your readers will find their way to Storrs to see their collection in its impressive new home. There, in the center named for Senator Thomas J. Dodd, the archives are a welcome addition to the impressive special collections already amassed. So we are not just content that our collection is there. We are proud to see what we have responsibly wrought from the Montessori Method in the United States. There with the largest collection of children's books in America, there with the lifetime commitment to human rights of Senator Dodd, there with a rather nifty record in both men's and women's athletics, are the archives of the American Montessori Society. I imagine there will be those who may find the move disappointing. I feel, however, that at the Dodd Center we are in a much better place.

My wife Maria joins me in saluting your efforts and thanking you especially for another look at the early years. It was such hin to remember the stories, untold until now, that Whitescarver and Cossentino recounted in their article. Maria and I spent hours outlining "extensions. …

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