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A short History of Vacation Bible School:
The beginning of Vacation Bible School are traced back to Hopedale, Illinois in 1894 where Sunday school teacher D. T. Miles, who also was a public school teacher, felt she didn't have enough time to teach the Bible to children. Mile started a daily Bible school to teach children during the summer. The first session had 40 students for four weeks at a local school.
In 1898 Virginia Sinclair Hawes of Epiphany Baptist Church in New York City started an "Everyday Bible School" for neighborhood children during the summer at a rented beer parlor.
Dr. Robert Boville of the Baptist Mission Society, learned of the summer program and recommended it to other Baptist churches. Boville established several summer schools that were taught by Union Theological Seminary students. One summer 1,000 students were enrolled in 5 different schools. In 1922, Dr. Boville the World Association of Daily Vacation Bible School.
While not called a Vacation Bible School, Dr. Abraham L.
Latham of the Third Presbyterian Church in Chester, Pennsylvania launched a five-week, four hour per day summer bible school in 1912 and is claimed to be the
world's first summer bible school.
In 1923 Standard Publishing produced the very first printed VBS curriculum. There was enough material for a five-week course for kindergarten, primary, and junior school levels.