Slater Museum at Norwich Free Academy

Unique from its very beginning, NFA was founded largely through the efforts of the Rev. Doctor John P. Gulliver. In 1853, Dr. Gulliver, an innovative and forward-thinking educator and minister, appealed to the wealthiest and noblestヤ people of Norwich to support his plan to establish a free academy to provide education for mechanics, navigators and agriculturistsナthat young ladies shall be educated hereナto offer to the poorest boy in the community, who aspires to pin himself to the noble fraternity of scholars, the opportunity to fit himself for the university or the scientific schoolナヤ Forty generous benefactors contributed $76,000 by 1855 in order to purchase land, subsidize building construction and establish an endowment fund.
The Norwich Free Academy opened in 1856 with a student body of 80, a faculty of five, one classroom building consisting of 11 rooms, and a graduating class of two. From its opening until 1932, admission to the school was through the successful completion of an entrance examination. This exam covered spelling, word definition, grammar, geography and arithmetic. The Academy provided three courses of study. College Preparatory focused on classical subjects and prepared students for a university education. The Scientific Program focused on mathematics and prepared students for further study in science institutions. The final course of study focused on practical life skills and was designed for students who would enter into careers upon graduation.

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