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State Public School at Coldwater / Coldwater Regional Center
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member S5280ft
N 41° 57.683 W 084° 59.934
16T E 665830 N 4647425
Quick Description: We found this one a mile away from the addres provided by the state. It is on 1st Street before 2nd Street off the east side of Marshall Street. The day we were there, we had the entire parking lot to ourselves.
Location: Michigan, United States
Date Posted: 5/31/2007 7:14:11 PM
Waymark Code: WM1MB0
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member "Paws"itraction
Views: 136

Long Description:
In 1871 the Michigan legislature authorized the building of a special state public school to furnish temporary support and instruction for dependent and neglected children between the ages of four and sixteen until they could be placed in homes or returned to their families. The school was opened in Coldwater on May 21, 1874. Once admitted, children participated in "family-like" life in cottages and a placing-out program. A third of each day was used for schoolwork, a third for recreation and entertainment, and a third for acquiring work skills. Children learned reading, spelling, counting, calisthenics, singing, cyphering and slate drawing. By the turn of the century, the facility had become the only home in Michigan admitting both normal and handicapped children.

By an act of the state legislature the State Public School became the Michigan Children's Village in 1935. The facility then began to admit only children with mild mental impairments. Most of the former residents were transferred to the Michigan Children's Institute, established in Ann Arbor in 1935. In 1939 the Children's Village became the Coldwater State Home and Training School, and persons of all ages with more serious mental handicaps were admitted. By 1960 there were 2,900 residents. During the 1970s, special education, training and living experiences in communities reduced the number of residents to less than 700. Renamed the Coldwater Regional Center for Developmental Disabilities in 1978, the remodeled facility provides training programs for independent living and self-help.
Historical Date: 05/21/1874

Parking nearby?: yes

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Registered Site #: State Site #0530

Historical Name: Not listed

Description: Not listed

website: Not listed

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