National Geographic : 1920 Oct
In 1644 the first American "public school" was established at Dedham, Massachusetts. T HE same spirit that prompted the first law enjoining free public education in New England,established Harvard College in 1636, Yale in 1700, and other schools of higher learning at early dates. Today more than $50,000,000 is represented in these institutions, with endowments considerably in excess of that amount. But it is the little red school house that has contributed most to the general knowledge and prosperity of the people. Indeed, the present high percentage of literacy in New England may be directly attrib utable to the lessons instilled by the stern New England Primer of colonial days-lessons that led to an early appreciation of the value of culture and intelligence and of the community's responsibility for furthering education. While thus ministering to the intellectual needs, New England has also steadily progressed in the commercial world. The Old Colony Trust Company, an institution reared in this spirit of New England initiative and vision, offers every advantage for financial and trust service of the highest order. We shall be pleased to send you our booklet "Your FinancialRe quirements and How We Can Meet Them", outlining our facilities in detail. Please address Department D. Plan to visit New England during her coming Tercentenary cele brations. OLD COLONY TRUST COMPANY BosSTOC "Mention The Geographic-It identifies you"