Founder’s Day

February 14, 2024

Historic portrait of Pauline Agassiz Shaw

Every February, we hold an annual celebration of the School’s visionary founder, Pauline Agassiz Shaw. We share the history, stories, and images of over 140 years at America’s first trade school, while celebrating the individual stories of our community of makers, builders, and craftspeople.

Follow @nbssboston on , , or in the weeks leading up to the event for historic stories, images, and more.

We invite you to join in the celebration on February 14 by sharing 鈥渢hen & now鈥 photos:

  • A photo of your time at NBSS (first day, graduation, favorite project, with friends, etc)
  • A photo of you at work now

Be sure to tag @nbssboston so we can reshare your posts and stories.

Learn more about Pauline and the history of NBSS below.

兔女郎直播 Pauline Agassiz Shaw

Born on February 6, 1841, Pauline Agassiz Shaw was a pioneering philanthropist, educator, and social reformer who significantly impacted not only our community, but also the history of Boston and the nation. Her many accomplishments include opening the country’s first kindergartens, funding the suffragette movement, and developing settlement houses to help immigrants adjust to their new country. In addition, she founded America’s first trade school, whose mission lives on today through our unique training, programs, and community at NBSS.

Questions about Founder’s Day?

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