Cherokee National Female Seminary Notes

This building is a magnificent structure. Being one of the finest in the southwest, and affords ample accommodations for one hundred and seventy five girls, all the members of the Faculty and the Steward's family. It is situated on a small hill at the northern edge of Tahlequah and affords a beautiful view of the town and the country for miles in every direction. On the first floor are the parlor, library, chapel, recitation rooms and kitchen. On the second floor are the music rooms and rooms for the teachers and students, the hospital, and the dormitory for the primaries. The building has the advantages of modern improvements. The classrooms are well ventilated, bright and pleasant. It is furnished with electric lights, heated by steam and supplied with water from one of the many excellent springs for which Tahlequah is famous. The school prior to the burning of the first building was located four miles south of Tahlequah, in the Park Hill neighborhood.

HOW SUPPORTED - The Seminary, as all of the schools of the Nation, is supported by money invested in United States registered stocks from the sale of lands to the United States government. The interest alone on this investment is drawn and used for educational purposes. The boarders are charged a mere nominal sum as an addition to the school fund. The United States Government renders no assistance in the support of the Seminaries. Insane Hospital and Common Schools of the Cherokee Nation, except paying the interest on invested funds.

HOW CONTROLLED - The Seminary is under the control of the Supervisor of Schools and a National Board of Education consisting of three members, each elected for a term of three years. Among their duties as prescribed by the Secretary of the Interior under terms of the late treaty are to adopt and enforce rules for the examination of teachers, and for the admission of pupils to the Seminaries, and to prescribe and enforce courses of study in the Seminaries, Orphanage and Primary Schools.ADMISSION - boarders: The daughters of citizens of the Cherokee Nation are received into the school by paying the steward the required amount for board.

PRIMARIES - Each of the nine districts is allowed a certain number of pupils in the Primary Department. The pupils entering this department must be at least twelve years of age.

By eneactment of the National Council, all persons desirous of having their children admitted into the primary department of the Seminary shall make a sworn statement that there is no public school in the neghborhood in which they live, and that they are unable to pay the board of their children and on the presentation of such statements to the steward, such children shall be admitted; and no class of children, except boarders, primaries and day scholars shall be admitted.

EXPENSES - Boarders are charged seven dollars and fifty cents per month. This pays for board, lodging, fuel, lights, washing, tuition and text books. Instrumental music, per month, five dollars. Vocal music, per month, five dollars.

ARTICLES FURNISHED BY PUPILS - Each pupil must bring her own bedding, sheets and towels.

UNIFORMS - Each girl is required to have one blue serge jacket suit and black mortar-board cap. This, together with one dress for evening and the usual every day apparel, is all that is necessary throughout the year.

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