I extend my congratulations to Simone Ellin for a wonderful piece of writing regarding The Park School’s founding, history and relevance today. As The Park School archivist, I have the honor and great pleasure of physically encountering Park’s history each day through original documents, photographs, news reporting, and first-person accounts. At the same time, as a Park parent, I have the gratification of experiencing the history as it is borne out through a legacy of remarkable teaching and learning that is distinctive to Park. Baltimore is indeed a fortunate community to be home to an institution like Park that has thrived for now 100 years. And all of us at The Park School of today are fortunate to be associated with a place with such a dynamic genesis, insightful leaders, visionary and time-tested pedagogical tenets, active and supportive families, lifelong learners as faculty, and interested, engaged and accomplished students.
An earlier letter to the editor had noted some errors in reporting (the school was never located on Liberty Road, for example), but as an archivist whose professional role is concerned with the preservation of, and eliciting knowledge from, primary sources, I must affirm that the article’s nuanced and rich telling of the Park story was quite an accomplishment — especially in such a compact space. There are many stories to tell from Park’s history, and I did not envy the writer’s job in having to choose among them!
Thanks to the Jewish Times for featuring Park’s story and deftly handling so many important details and themes.
Archivist, The Park School of Baltimore