Part-time classes, vocational courses, higher education, and post-graduate degrees may be things associated more modern times, but even as far back as the 19th century, schools in the United States also offered evening classes and other learning opportunities for adults. Take a look at an interesting gallery of diligent 19th century learners in Boston after the jump!
It’s been said time and time again that learning is and should be a life-long endeavor, so it’s actually not surprising to find people from the past and present to have a thirst for knowledge and go in pursuit of higher education, vocational courses, and part-time classes. The Boston Public Library, through one of their Flickr sets, offers a fascinating glimpse into adult and evening classes in the city from the 19th century, showing ladies and gentlemen learning how to draw, sew, make hats, use the typewriter, among others.
If you’re currently pursuing a post-graduate degree, taking a short course, or looking into learning something new, we bet the vintage photos below would be of interest to you!
All information and photos for this article were sourced from Boston Public Library on Flickr.