Since our founding in 1945 by visionary Harold P. “Hap” Hinman, Cardigan Mountain School’s legacy has been one of forward momentum grounded in core values.
As the School passes the 75th anniversary milestone in 2020-21, it has never been more important to consider who we have been, who we are, and who we want to be. Our mission, traditions, and values remain unchanged. Do we understand them fully? How may we interpret and apply them as we grow to meet a changing world? These questions drive our commitment to celebrating our shared history.
Faculty, alumni, past parents, and friends have all helped fill holes in the Cardigan Archives – sometimes ones that we didn’t know existed.
Phone calls, letters, visits, and recording sessions are all helping us capture personal histories for the Cardigan Archives.
Primary source materials can be used to illustrate myriad concepts, from organizational skills, to visual arts, to historical context. Faculty members use the collection to drive home ideas being discussed in the classroom.
Archives contain undiscovered treasures that can be revealed only through investigation. Students using the collection for research gain insight not only into the School, but also into their own skills and perspectives.
When students carry a classroom concept into a different context, they learn how to apply abstract ideas to everyday life. Collaborative projects encourage learning to happen in unexpected ways.