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Forest Glen in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The National Park Seminary

Historic District

 
 
The National Park Seminary Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, March 25, 2018
1. The National Park Seminary Marker
Inscription.
Has been listed in the
National Register of Historic Places
By the United States Department
Of Interior
1972
For its architectural significance
And its role in women’s education and
The history of U. S. Army Medicine

 
Location. 39° 0.717′ N, 77° 3.39′ W. Marker is in Forest Glen, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from Dewitt Drive. Touch for map. This marker is on the grounds of the National Park Seminary. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9615 Dewitt Drive, Silver Spring MD 20910, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Forest Inn (within shouting distance of this marker); Sororities (within shouting distance of this marker); Ament Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Forest Glen Railroad Station (within shouting distance of this marker); The Expansion of the Seminary (within shouting distance of this marker); The Gymnasium (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Aloha Cottage (about 400 feet away); Guests at The Forest Inn (about 600 feet away).
 
Regarding The National Park Seminary. “National Park Seminary is a folly. The fantasy-land feeling of the Seminary in
The National Park Seminary Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, March 25, 2018
2. The National Park Seminary Marker
its wooded setting has charmed alumnae, city planners, visitors, local residents, and even its current owner, the United States Army. The naive frivolity and exuberance of the ‘age of-innocence’ has survived intact at National Park in the midst of twentieth-century Silver Spring and the Capital Beltway. The extravagances of National Park — its sorority houses, each in a different style; the countless statues throughout the grounds; the three-story ballroom — decry the functionalism of our age.” — National Register Form.
 
Also see . . .  National Park Seminary Historic District. (PDF) M: 36-1, National Register of Historic Places Inventory - Nomination Form. 1972. (Submitted on April 1, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Forest Glen Annex of Walter Reed Army Medical Center, 1942 - 2004
“a one-time finishing school for ritzy sweet young things becomes the healer of the sick and maimed, giving the boys in khaki a luxurious but none the less homelike atmosphere to smooth the comeback trail. There's no suggestion of the hospital about it — and for that the men are grateful” — The Baltimore Sun May 30 1947, quoted in the National Register Form.
 
The Forest Inn image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, March 25, 2018
3. The Forest Inn
The Forest Inn, a resort hotel, was built in 1887. It, and its grounds, were sold to the National Park Seminary in 1894. in 1942 the Seminary was used by U. S. Army as a convalescent center.
  — Submitted April 2, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.

 
Categories. ArchitectureEducationScience & MedicineWar, World II
 
Ye Forest Inne image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, March 25, 2018
4. Ye Forest Inne
Stained Glass window at the Forest Inn
The Fountain image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, March 25, 2018
5. The Fountain
Hippocamps support mermaids who in turn support eagles.
The Dutch Windmill House image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, March 25, 2018
6. The Dutch Windmill House
One of the fanciful sorority houses at the seminary.
National Park Seminary<br>For Girls — Washington, D.C. (Suburbs) image. Click for full size.
Library of Congress
7. National Park Seminary
For Girls — Washington, D.C. (Suburbs)
All the Attractive Features of the
Large and Small School

A Junior College with Preparatory Department and two years of collegiate work. Rational courses of great Opportunities for social development, intimate teaching and companionships. The school life of the girl is a preparation for the real life of the woman. Specialists in Music, Art, Elocution, Domestic Science, Arts and Crafts, Secretarial branches, Library Methods, Business Law. Modern Gymnasium indoor and open-air sports. Bowling, Swimming, Riding. Democracy of life and consideration for the individual. Descriptive illustrated volume mailed to parents interested in the choice of a school for their daughters.

Address the
Registrar, National Park Seminary
Forest Glen, Maryland
The Washington Times - September 6, 1914
Hiawatha image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, March 25, 2018
8. Hiawatha
This statue at the National Park Seminary represents Hiawatha, but an identical statue in Fort Payne, Alabama represents Sequoyah. (See HMdb marker # 28033)
Psychiatric Patients at Forest Glen image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 1, 2018
9. Psychiatric Patients at Forest Glen
This 1944 painting by Jack McMillan hangs in the National Museum of Health and Medicine, in Forest Glen, Maryland.

“During World War II, the Forest Glen annex of Walter Reed General Hospital was used for treating patients with psychiatric conditions. Located near Washington, D.C., the former girls’ school had been purchased by the Army to provide additional space for the hospital’s activities. The picture accurately depicts the eclectic architecture while showing maroon-suited patients enjoying the grounds.

McMillen had painted government-sponsored murals during the Depression as part of the Works Projects Administration (WPA). When the war began, many of the WPA’s responsibilities were transferred to the military, leading to the commissioning of this painting.

The painting hung at Forest Glen until 1994 when it was transferred to the National Museum of Health and Medicine. It was restored at the request of the Textbook of Military Medicine Project, Office of the Surgeon General, U.S. Army, for use as the frontispiece of Military Psychiatry: Preparing in Peace for War” — NMHM
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 6, 2018. This page originally submitted on April 1, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 63 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on April 1, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   7, 8, 9. submitted on April 5, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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