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PhD Student Jason McDonald Chronicles Famed Home of NYC Public Education

Elizabeth Irwin’s “Little Red Schoolhouse“ program at Public School 61, 1928

Elizabeth Irwin’s “Little Red Schoolhouse“ program at Public School 61, 1928

Current Fordham PhD student Jason McDonald contacted us with details of his work to help celebrate the legacy of New York City public school PS 61, which was founded in 1913 and located at 610 East 12th street. With the assistance of Fordham faculty member Daniel Soyer, McDonald has been amassing photographs, text, and video to document the history of his son’s school.  The history is being shared and distributed to East Village Community School (EVCS), Children’s Workshop School (CWS), and the SPECTRUM School P94M. All three schools occupy the former Public School 61 building. Nearly 100 photos and documents have been uploaded to http://ps61nycjubilee.org/ and provided a searchable database for teachers and students to find information. Read on for more pictures on the school and the celebration, and links to further information, images, texts, and a documentary.

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