Mattie Pritchard buried in Section 7, North of Road


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Mattie Pritchard buried in Section 7, North of Road

Martha J. Mattie Pritchard Miles (b. 1870, d.1949) held the first Vacation Bible School in America in May of 1894 in Hopedale, Illinois that “was for all children of whatever church, or no church at all” (Marker). Martha Miles, wife of the Methodist preacher Reverend David Thomas Miles, was a school teacher and Sunday school teacher who felt that Sunday mornings were too short to teach the Bible to children. She held Vacation Bible School as an opportunity to offer intensive religious instruction to children during the summer public school vacation months.

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