Nov. 13 1879 Arthurdale Educator Elsie Clapp Born

Nov 13, 2014

Clapp believed that Arthurdale’s school should tap into the students’ rural heritage and prepare them for real-life situations.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / John Dewey, Elsie Clapp, Arthurdale, Preston County

Educator Elsie Clapp was born on November 13, 1879, in Brooklyn Heights. She was influenced by progressive educator John Dewey, who believed that schools should have a direct impact on the communities they serve. In 1934, Clapp brought this philosophy with her to West Virginia as director of the community school at Arthurdale. The Preston County town was the first of the nation’s New Deal subsistence homesteads.