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Goddard Seminary

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Date: 1869 to 1938
Location: Barre, Washington County, Vermont, United Statesmap
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Goddard Seminary

Goddard Seminary was a school in Barre, Vermont, affiliated with the Universalist denomination. It was founded in 1863, originally named the Green Mountain Central Institute, and began operation in (or near) 1869,[1] offering a preparatory (i.e., high school-level) education to boarding students as well as local students.

In 1935, the school began an initiative to establish a junior college (i.e., a two-year college). In 1936 it became Goddard Seminary and Junior College. In 1938, the school relocated to Plainfield, Vermont, where in fall 1938 it opened as Goddard College.[2][3] Under the leadership of its first president, Royce Stanley Pitkin, Goddard College adopted a progressive educational philosophy and became known for experimentation in education.[2]

Succeeded by Goddard College.


  1. "Goddard Seminary's Golden Jubilee Told in Brilliant Pageant," The Barre Daily Times (Barre, Vermont), June 27, 1919. Page 1. https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/data/batches/vtu_eggplant_ver01/data/sn91066782/00415629904/1919062701/0611.pdf
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Royce Stanley Pitkin, Goddard College Head," The New York Times, May 6, 1986, page 40. https://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1986/05/06/754586.html?pageNumber=40
  3. "Town and Gown Linked In Goddard College Show," The New York Times, March 12, 1939. Page 55. https://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1939/03/12/95762949.html?pageNumber=55

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