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Holy Family Academy: Sophomore Prep June Trip - Slocum Lake 1 Washington - Months of the Year - Children’s Wedding - Washington Trip 1946 - Xmas Dances 1942

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Film Identifier: F.2005-10-0020
Run Time
0h 18m 13s
Date Produced
1942 - 1946
A home movie featuring the nuns and students of Holy Family Academy, a Cathollic elementary and high school once located at 1444 West Division Street in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood. This particular film features various student field trips -- including to the Garfield Park Conservatory and Washington, DC -- as well as recitals and dances held at the school.
"Holy Family Academy was founded by Mother Mary Frances Siedliska of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth order in 1887, as two buildings were purchased for a school and convent. The school served not only high school-aged girls, but grade schoolers as well.
Evening classes were also held during the early years, with sewing, embroidering, and music were some of the courses offered for those attending. The school also accepted day and boarding students, with a new building erected in 1892.
The high school section became a four-year institution in 1902, which saw an increase in enrollment. By 1908, Holy Family Academy had to be remodeled on account of those additional students. Later in 1927, a newer building was built to add classrooms.
Even as World War II was coming to a close in 1945, there was still a need for more classroom space that led to the ending of accepting boarding students at Holy Family. Grade school students were no longer accepted after 1964 to accomodate the "baby boomers" at the high school level.
The school remained open until it closed its doors in the spring of 1988." -
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