Hylah Bevier and her six sisters attended the Litchfield Female Academy in Litchfield, Connecticut. The Academy, founded in 1792, attracted students from all over the country, as well as Canada, Ireland and the West Indies. Sarah Pierce ( 1767- 1852), the founder of the school, believed that women and men were intellectually equal. Her school offered instruction in chemistry, botany, religion, mathematics, and logic. These classes were rarely available to women during the early 19 th century. Sarah Pierce was truly innovative in her approach to education, uniting academics with classes in the ornamental arts. Students drew and painted maps, and illustrated poetry, literature and biblical stories with elaborate needlework and detailed water color painting. Several embroidered pictures created by the Bevier sisters are preserved by Historic Huguenot Street. Sarah Pierce encouraged her students to become involved in benevolent and charitable societies. Many alumnae of the school carried on these activities in later life. Probably the two most famous students of the school, Catharine Beecher ( 1800- 1878) and Harriet Beecher Stowe ( 1811- 1896), published numerous books on household management, women's education, and social causes that deeply affected them. Harriet Beecher Stowe is best known for her 1852 abolitionist novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin. Many former students of the school went on to become teachers or to open academies of their own, carrying on the philosophy of education that they had learned from their "" dear instructress"", Sarah Pierce.
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