Benvenuto Tisi called “Garofalo” FERRARA 1481 – 1559
MADONNA AND CHILD
The Mother of Kindergarten (die Mutter des Kindergartens): Froebel’s tireless friend and advocate. She even petitioned the King of Prussia to lift the Ban on Kindergarten (Kindergartenverbot) which he had proclaimed. In England Charles Dickens was favorably impressed by her lectures. ( photo by Manuel Briones/model: Consuelo, Condesa de Dorantes)
The author, J (Johannes) Froebel-Parker, here shown at the age when he was already listening to to the oral tradition of his Froebel grandfather and great grandmother, Lina Froebel, nee Maeder (Liebstedt near Weimar/Apolda).
His Grandfather Froebel’s family had immigrated to Coudersport, Potter County, Pennsylvania from the city of Triptis in the Duchy of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, even though they had originated in Arnstadt in the Duchy of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha and in the nearby Principality of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt with its seat at the Heidecksburg Castle in Rudolstadt.
The author, J (Johannes) Froebel-Parker and architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, are both descended from Anne Mattle, who was born in 1610 in Northhamptonshire, England and died in 1685 in Connecticut Colony. Wright was influenced in his architecture by his exposure to Froebel’s “Gaben,” the wooden blocks used to engage children in didactic discovery.
In the year 2022 the 240th birthday of Friedrich Wilhelm August Froebel will be celebrated.
The Schwarzatal region of Thuringia (Thueringen) in modern day Germany has dedicated the next ten years as the “FröbelDekade” or Froebel Decade with many events in this region where he was born, worked and died.
Please visit www.froebeldecade.com
This site is dedicated to literature, research, and events surrounding him and his life as well as news from around the world about his legacy.
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