Welcome to Saint Helen’s Hall

By Peter Bloch

We hope that our daughters may be as the polished corners of the Temple.

The year is 1890, and you’ve been admitted into the prestigious young women’s boarding school, St. Helen’s Hall in downtown Portland, Oregon. The instruction in this school will be of the most thorough character; the constant aim being to give a sound and practical education, and to surround the pupils with the influence of a refined Christian home.  

Your tuition will be $125, and will cover your boarding, tuition in English, and fuel and light for the twenty week term. If you wish to add vocal music, or drawing and painting, it will cost an additional $10 per term.

With regards to the dress code, Bishop Doane says this: “The law of female dress is beautifully set forth, by the Apostle Peter, whose adorning, let it not be the outward adorning of plaiting the hair; but let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible. We wish to see in our daughters, no expensive dresses. Let them be clothed simply and neatly.” In addition, all gowns must be high-necked. It is desired that all bedroom decorations be simple hygienic.

If you would like to speak a foreign language, then you’re in luck. The German Choral class meets the first Thursday in each month, and the advanced German pupils tell the story of each folk song. Latin and Greek are not regarded as dead languages except in the sense that all language of  books in our era is dead. They are dead only to those whom for lack of knowledge they are sealed books.

Each girl is required to obtain from her family physician a certificate of physical fitness before taking part in any game requiring violent exercise. If you desire an alternate method of exercise, a riding school nearby furnishes horses and groom at a moderate charge for small riding parties.
We would like to thank you in advance for your enrollment in our 5-year high school for young Episcopalian women, and we hope you enjoy your stay.

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