American inventor and engineer Alexander Graham Bell gave the name Beinn Bhreagh to his family estate and laboratory in Novia Scotia, where he conducted numerous experiments and hosted intellectual gatherings. In 1912, he and his wife Mabel Hubbard Bell established a Montessori classroom at the estate under the direction of Roberta Fletcher, one of the first Americans to take Montessori teacher training.
Observations and notes documenting the classroom and the growth of the Montessori movement were recorded in The Benin Bhreagh Recorder, a typed record of experiments and meetings at the estate. The Montessori Society of Canada, working with Cape Breton University and the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site of Canada, has made scans of these records available on its website, and they are catalogued and linked here.
|July 20||X, 341-343||The Children’s Laboratory||Mabel Bell|
|October 12||XI, 244-251||Conferences on the Education & Management of Children||unsigned|
|October 23||XI, 289-312||Conferences on the Education & Management of Children||unsigned|
|July 25-31||XIII, 207-263||Mrs. Bell and the Montessori Movement||unsigned|
|September 8||XIII, 452-454||Montessori Schools (New York Times reprint)|
|January 9||XIV, 428-429||Dr. Montessori’s Visit to America||unsigned|
|February 27||XV, 144-145||Freedom For The Child (The Organ of the MEA)||unsigned|
|March 13||XV, 305-306||The Montessori Educational Association||unsigned|
|June 2||XVIII, 41-56||Montessori Principles of Auto-Development||Alexander Graham Bell|