Merrill-Palmer in Detroit:
A Century of Community Making

We're proud to present a digital version of our historical exhibit currently on display at the in the Pauline Knapp Building on Wayne State's campus. The exhibit marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Merrill-Palmer School, today's Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute.

Founded in 1920 as the Merrill-Palmer Motherhood and Home Training School, today's Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute has played a vital part in the history of Detroit and the nation. From the beginning, its innovative approach to education and science has served the interests of children and their families. More
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MPSI Commemorative Pewabic Tile
Founded in 1920 as the Merrill-Palmer Motherhood and Home training School, for 100 years the Merrill Palmer Skillman Instiute for Child & Family Development has been a leader in innovative research, training and community engagement. The design of this pewabic tile is based on a Merrill family coat-of-arms first used by the school in 1923 to honor the vision of its founder, Lizzie Merrill-Palmer. The motto, Vinicit Qui Patitur (“Who endures is victorious”), points the Institute to its next 100 years.
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