|Birth: ||Mar. 10, 1888|
|Death: ||Dec., 1980|
Daughter of noted Minnesota suffragette Clara Hampson Ueland.
Young Elsa became a leader in the suffrage movement as a student at the University of Minnesota where she was graduated in 1909 majoring in sociology and psychology and she was a student of John Dewey as well as Maria Montessori; and was a settlement houseworker in Greenwich Village, Manhattan, New York at The Richmond Hill Settlement. Ueland subscribed to "The Gary Plan."
Contemporaries include Jessie Taft, Katherine Tucker and also Virginia Robinson, "progressive thinkers" who once resided in Flourtown, Pennsylvania and employed at The Carson College, as Carson Valley School was known in those days.
Spring of 1916, at twenty-eight years of age, she became the first president, of Carson College (which later became Carson Valley School at Flourtown, Pennsylvania in Montgomery County, not too far from Philadelphia), which was not in full operation until opening officially on July 1st, 1918. She was the head of Carson until 1958, totaling forty-two years of active service, and additional time serving on the Carson Valley School Board of Directors until 1967.
The philosophy Ueland applied at Carson was the belief that children learn best through play, thereby focusing on the development of the "whole child" encouraging their physical, emotional, social as well as cognitive growth
through "creative expression", with life-long skills and fullfilling results.
A profession of belief was recited to the directors of The Carson Board,
September of 1918, as indicated in the book by
Contosta, David R., Philadelphia's Progressive Orphanage: The Carson Valley School, page 342 which states:
"Madame Montessori has demonstrated the educational possibilities in ordinary household tasks. We are trying to realize her spirit [here at Carson], to avoid the usual institution[al] mistake of making housework only drudgery, and to make the most of the educational opportunities in each cottage. To this end, the children have all really COOKED. The breakfast group, the dinner group, and supper group have actually learned to prepare these meals and to put them on the table. There have been some crises, to be sure. Attempts to beat eggs with the shells on, and to cook rice in the tea kettle after the water had been poured out, are [just two examples]... All have had thrilling[,] creative experiences in making certain dishes for the family and for company.
They are also learning something of food values and costs, and of the planning of meals. We want them to learn not only how to carry out a single recipe in the domestic science class, but how to put the meal on the table, everything hot at once, how to plan it within a certain money allowance, how to market intelligently at the ordinary grocery store."
The author continues "Besides the everyday chores in and around the cottages, the girls participated in the work of the Carson farm (located on the grounds), which produced a great deal of the food consumed at the college. During the summer in particular, the girls were assigned to groups for farm work. They tilled and harvested crops, fed the animals (horses, pigs, chickens, sheep, and cows), and processed and preserved a variety of fruits and vegetables..."
Miss Ueland, who never married, was considered tall, roughly five foot eight/nine with brown hair, blue eyes.
Just before my parents and I left Carson, a colored oil painting of her was ensconced on the massive wall of the Tudor-vaulted Mother Goose Dining Room wall. She was an extremely attractive woman in her youth and as an older woman one who commanded respect, and we children were fearful of the power which she evoked.
NOTE: no relation to B.E.F. Stienstra.
Black and White photograph of Miss Ueland from archive.
All other black and white photography by the late
The Rev. Robert Martin Feist (see also, at "Find-a-grave.")
Color photography by Gregory J. Stienstra.
Please take the time to "click on" each photograph to read the "story" behind each picture.
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My parents (The late The Rev. Robert Martin Feist and Eileen Anna Laura Miller Feist) were houseparents at Carson during the end of Miss Ueland's tenure at Carson Valley School, Flourtown, Pennsylvania -- while my late father (The Rev. Robert Martin Feist, at "Findagrave") was studying at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Mt. Airy, Philadelphia.
I was a graduate of The Carson Valley School Nursery and Kindergarten programs utilizing the progressive movement philosophies and applications applied at the school indoctrinated by Miss Ueland.
Andreas Ueland (1853 - 1933)
Clara Hampson Ueland (1860 - 1927)
Elsa Ueland (1888 - 1980)
Dorothy Ueland (1889 - 1892)*
Brenda Ueland (1891 - 1985)*
Sigurd Ueland (1893 - 1975)*
Arnulf Ueland (1895 - 1978)*
Rolf Ueland (1899 - 1973)*
Created by: Barbara Elsie Feist Stie...
Record added: Mar 03, 2007
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