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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

Rites of Spring II: 1920

Rites of Spring II: 1920

May 17, 1920. Washington, D.C. "Friends Select School, May festival." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Friends Select School

Friends schools are institutions that provide an education based on the beliefs and testimonies of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). The Washington, D.C. Friends Select School is now called Sidwell Friends School. Both of President Barack Obama's daughters, Sasha and Malia, attend Sidwell, which has been described as the "Harvard of Washington's private schools".

Rites of Spring

I should have saved my "Grecian Urn" quote for this one!

 
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