Log Cabin School Collection


Log Cabin School Collection


School integration
Early childhood education
Nursery schools
Hampden-Sydney College
Prince Edward County (Va.)


The Log Cabin was built on the Hampden-Sydney campus in 1928, to serve as a meeting place for the Ministerial Association. Through the years, the building also served as housing for Hampden-Sydney employees, and an annex to the Kappa Alpha fraternity.

In 1966, responding to a lack of early childhood education in Prince Edward county, the wives of several Hampden-Sydney faculty members banded together to create a cooperative pre-school housed in the Log Cabin building. The school educated both white and black children from the community, making it exceptional during a period of significant resistance to racial equality in the county.

The steering committee initially included Mrs. Gerald L. Engel, Mrs. Paul Grier, Mrs. Edward Kiess, Mrs. Taylor Reveley, Mrs. Frances Scott, Mrs. James Simms, and Mrs. H. W. Vassey. Frances Scott eventually took on a more primary role at the school, and remained a fixture at Log Cabin for over thirty years. She continues to live in close proximity to Hampden-Sydney, and is a resident of the Mercy Seat neighborhood. 

This artificial collection consists of digitized records gathered by Maryska Connolly-Brown and Angela Way that pertain to the administration and operation of the Log Cabin School, oral history interviews with participants, and items donated by former volunteers at the school. The project is ongoing. 




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Hampden-Sydney (Va.)


Hampden-Sydney College Archives & Special Collections
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Collection Items

Shomo, Thomas H.
Oral history interview between Angela Way, Maryska Connolly-Brown, and Thomas H. Shomo '69. Mr. Shomo is the former director of Communications at the College, and a member of the Class of 1969.

Thompson, Reverend Dr. William
Oral history interview between Angela Way, Maryska Connolly-Brown, and Reverend Dr. William Thompson. Reverend Thompson is the former college chaplain at Hampden-Sydney, and served as pastor of College Church until 2002.

Kiess, Ruth
Oral history interview between Angela Way, Maryska Connolly-Brown, and Ruth Kiess. Mrs. Kiess was one of the original members of the Log Cabin School steering committee in the 1960s.

Scott, Frances
Oral history interview between Angela Way, Maryska Connolly-Brown, and Frances Scott. Mrs. Scott was the primary educator at the Log Cabin School for over thirty years.
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