Susan Elizabeth Blow

(June 7, 1843- March 26, 1916 )

The First University West of the Mississippi River

Susan Blow was an important leader in education from Missouri. She founded the first public kindergarten in St. Louis and ran it for eleven years without any pay. Blow worked hard to give young children a good start in their education. “If we can make children love intellectual effort,” she once wrote, “we shall prolong habits of study beyond school years.”

The University of Missouri (also, Mizzou, or MU) is a publicland-grant research university in Columbia, Missouri, United States. It was founded in 1839 as the first public institution of higher education west of the Mississippi River.

Missouri School for the Blind

The Missouri School for the Blind is an educational institution in the United States specially designed for students who are blind or visually impaired. It has served the Greater St. Louis area for more than 150 years as a governmental agency of the state of Missouri. In 1860, the Missouri School became the first educational institution in the nation to adopt the braille system. It also owned, developed and operated one of the nation's earliest braille printing presses.