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Westfield State Teachers' College
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This building served as the Westfield Normal School from 1892 to 1956. It was located on Court Street which also had a new trolley line. It is presently the Westfield City Hall. The Westfield Normal School was founded in 1844 as a college to train teachers. The normal school system was proposed and advocated by Horace Mann. The first floor of this building housed a training school where the college students could learn to teach actual students. By 1898 the school had 165 children in ten grades. It also housed extensive and fully-equipped science laboratories for teaching science.
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