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The way we were: 1954

1954 deaconesses sing carols
Faces set aglow by candlelight, Lutheran deaconesses sing Christmas carols at several Philadelphia-area social service institutions in 1954. The Philadelphia Motherhouse of Deaconesses, established in 1884 to provide care to German Lutherans living in Philadelphia, trained and educated deaconesses for social service work at institutions that included the adjacent Mary J. Drexel Home for the Aged, the Children's Hospital, Lankenau Hospital, Lankenau School for Girls, a children's home and a home for the aged in Erie, Pa.


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Ellie Rosales

Ellie Rosales

Posted at 4:50 pm (U.S. Eastern) 8/12/2009

My grandmother was the Validictorian of the class of 1930 at the Lankenau Scholl for Girls, and I would like to find a source where I may obtain more information about life at Lankenau in 1928-29 and perhaps correspondence with anyone who remembers the school back then. There is no source of information available. I have many momentos and photos of my grandmother's time at Lankenau. Could anyone offer any information? Thank you.

angel

angel

Posted at 8:07 pm (U.S. Eastern) 10/9/2009

I attended Lankenau for girls from 50 to 53 I was wanting to get in touch with someone who would tell me who owns the main building where I ate & slept. thanks angel

Janette Smith

Janette Smith

Posted at 4:42 pm (U.S. Eastern) 11/7/2009

I went to J.D. Lankenau in 1966 to 68 and wonder about the people that made such an impact on my life. I used to stand in the big parlor waiting for dinner with my fellow-roomers and listen while one or the other of the older girls would play hymns on the piano. There was also a HUGE rug that had different animals designed all through it. Principal's name was Goucher, I stayed in 'Main House' for 7th grade and then in a house at the far end (Mergner was between) for the 8th grade. I am on Facebook if any of my fellow alums wants to contact.



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