At first the teachers' meetings were held monthly, the different members entertaining, but they were evidently social affairs entirely, as no mention was made of lesson study, and it was seldom any matter of business was discussed.
In the spring
the school met at 9.30 a. m., and in the fall
at 2 p. m. For a short time the hour was 9 a. m. Evidently the Sunday newspaper was not a fetish in those days.
Instead of the record books and collection envelopes now in use, the teachers were obliged to keep the record of attendance on a slip of paper, and care for the collections as best they could for three months, when they were turned over to the treasurer.
A system of promotion for the scholars was first in vogue, and vacations were also believed in, as during the first summer the school was closed for one month.
The library seems to have been the great feature of the school from its beginning; and from the time the first books were presented the school by the East Cambridge Society
until the present day, more money has been expended to keep it in good repair and well supplied with books than on any other one department.
In the early days an appropriation for its maintenance was made nearly every year.
One small item in 1860 is rather amusing: money to buy slippers for the use of the librarians during the session of the school.
They wore them, too, I believe.
Picnics were also in great favor, one being held the second year on July 25, and annually thereafter for many years.
On October 10, 1855, an appropriation for singing books was made, but no mention of a musical instrument is found until June, 1861, when a melodeon was purchased, a piano being substituted a year later.
Sunday school concerts, as such, were unknown at first, but Exhibitions were held to which an admission