Acknowledgements and References

Operant WebSites had a lot of sources of good information during this project, for which it is grateful. The following persons and organizations deserve a great deal of credit (but none of the blame for any shortcomings in this site).

Ric Nelson is an expert on the Seminary, having grown up around it and thoroughly researched its history. Ric generously gave several hours of his time discussing what he knew and walking around the site with me. The articles that Ric published in the Alumnae newsletter about the beginning of the Seminary and the Cassedy years are an excellent resource. I look forward to seeing what he writes about the Ament era.

Save Our Seminary at Forest Glen has been very helpful by sharing their archive of images and Seminary catalogs. Linda Lyons has worked most closely with me. SOS occasionally leads walking tours of the Seminary, and it was on one of these (led by Linda) that I got the inspiration to do this web site. Rich Schaffer also leads tours for SOS, and he helped me understand the story of the Edgewood plantation, as well as double checking the accuracy of the other historical facts.

The library of the Montgomery County Historical Society has a good collection of clippings and articles about the Seminary in addition to catalogs and other books. I appreciate the help they gave me during the many hours I spent there in the beginning of this project.

Becky Geesey and Lynn Barnes (my friends from the morning dog group which meets near the Seminary grounds) generously shared books they have as well as encouragement.

Some of my neighbors in the Lyttonsville community remember what the school was like many years ago. Thanks especially to Lawrence Tyson and Charlotte Coffield for sharing their recollections.

Several people performed a valuable service by beta testing this site before it was released. Thanks to Kevin Munson, Jim Busby, Lara Day Kozak, Gaelle Legeay, Linda Lyons, Tom Natan, and Duncan Work for their ideas and feedback.

Finally, I express my thanks to my wife, Susan Stephens for putting up with my preoccupation with this project for several weeks, and Robert Maiwald (our exchange student) for good suggestions regarding layout and graphics design.

Kenneth R. Stephens, Ph.D.


The following references, while not an exhaustive list, will provide more information.
  • Farqahar, Roger Brooke (1952). Old Homes and History of Montgomery County, Maryland. Contains some information about Edgewood.
  • Getty, Mildred (1970). National Park Seminary. The Montgomery County Story, published by Montgomery County Historical Society. A nice overview of campus life, including a pretty complete list of events on a typical social calendar.
  • Goode, James M. (1979). Capital Losses: A Cultural History of Washington's Destroyed Buildings. Smithsonian Institution Press. This book contains valuable information about T.F. Schneider and some of the buildings he designed.
  • Gordon, Irene S. (1988). Forest Glen Park Looks Back: 1887-1987. Forest Glen CItizens Association. While the scope of this booklet is about more than just the Seminary, the Forest Glen Improvement Company and the Seminary obviously played a big part in the community's history, so there are many references to Tullock, Schneider, and the Cassedys, as well as a description of friction between the community and WRAMC.
  • McBride, Sarah Davis (1992). Ornaments of Education, the material world of National Park Seminary. Washington History, Vol. 4, No. 1. Offers a historical perspective of the Seminary as an instrument of corporate America in reinforcing a stereotype of women's roles.
  • Montgomery County Planning Board of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (1972). Feasibility Study, National Park Seminary Site Preservation. While the historical facts are not always accurate, this is a valuable publication with interesting background facts about the buildings along with a good collection of pictures. It was written at a time that the Army was threatening development that would destroy the Seminary buildings. Appended to the Feasibility Study is a reprint of the 1887 Forest Glen Improvement Company brochure.
  • National Park Seminary catalogs. These have a good collection of pictures of the school, a description of the buildings, and offer a glimpse at the traditions and routine of campus life.
  • Nelson, Ric N. (1990-93). A school for girls. Alumnae Bulletin. Four parts are planned of Nelson's history of the school, but so far only parts 1 and 2 have been published. He has carefully researched this intriguing story, and so it seems likely the other two parts will be worth waiting for.

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