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  First Kindergarten
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Plank Road Barn
The Plank Road Barn

The First Kindergarten in the United States was begun in Watertown in 1856 by Margarethe Meyer Schurz, whose husband was the famous German- American statesman Carl Schurz. The building was moved from downtown Watertown to its present location in 1956. Its interior depicts an early class in session.

 

Chapter on First Kindergarten

First Kindergarten video, YouTube

 



The Plank Road Pioneer Barn was built in 1848 by Wenzel Quis and was originally located at the western terminus of the Watertown- Milwaukee Plank Road, across the Rock River yet only a short distance east of its present site. Moved to the grounds in the early 1960's, it now houses a collection of pioneer tools and farm implements.