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Harriet Bishop: Pioneer, Teacher, & Womens Advocate: Overview

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Harriet E. McConkey Bishop, MNHS Accession Number: AV1984.21.1"Harriet Bishop, Frontier Teacher," by Zylpha S. Morton.
In Minnesota History vol. 28, no. 2 (June 1947): pp. 132-141.
MNHS call number: electronic version

"No Grass Beneath Her Feet: Harriet Bishop and Her Life in Minnesota," by Norma Sommerdorf. 
In Ramsey County History, vol. 32, no. 2 (summer 1997): pp. 16-21.
MNHS call number: Reading Room F612.R22 R3 v32:2
Floral Home, or, First Years of Minnesota: Early Sketches, Later Settlements, and Further Developments, by Harriet Bishop.
New York: Sheldon, Blakeman and Co., 1857.
MNHS call number: F609 .B62
"History of the First Baptist Church of St. Paul, and Societies," by Harriet Bishop.
In the "Church Records, 1849-1899" of the First Baptist Church, St. Paul.
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid


In 1847, two years before Minnesota became a territory, Harriet Bishop traveled from Vermont to St. Paul, the small but growing city in the American West. She came as a part of a program led by educational reformer Catharine Beecher to send women teachers to help educate and civilize frontier children. Bishop was the first of her class to volunteer to go West. She came both to educate the children of St. Paul and to exert her moral influence on the rough frontier town. Convinced that women were more capable than men of teaching morality, Bishop became active in many moral issues such as temperance, educational reform, and women's suffrage. She is credited with starting the first public school in St. Paul and the first Sunday school, which led to the first Baptist church in the area.

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