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"T" is for Talvande, Rose (ca. 1790-1840) and Ann Marsan (Mason) Talvande (ca. 1807-1850)

South Carolina From A to Z
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"T" is for Talvande, Madame Rose (ca. 1790-1840) and Madame Ann Marsan (Mason) Talvande (ca. 1807-1850) Educators. Between approximately 1816 and 1850, Madame Talvande’s Ladies Boarding School in Charleston educated the daughters of the elite families of South Carolina, including diarist Mary Boykin Miller Chesnut and novelist Susan Petigru King. The school provided a typical finishing school for education for girls, including lessons in French, music, and dancing. In addition, it offered instruction in rhetoric and the sciences—courses in which young women seldom received training. The curriculum reflected the high expectations of the Talvande academy’s clientele, who paid dearly for the school’s services. Talvande’s was considered exclusive enough not to have to advertise for students. Madame Rose Talvande and Madame Ann Marson (Mason) Talvande were refugees from Santo Domingo and became naturalized Americans in Charleston.

Dr. Walter Edgar has two programs on South Carolina Public Radio: Walter Edgar's Journal, and South Carolina from A to Z. Dr. Edgar receivedhisA.B.degreefromDavidson College in 1965 and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1969. After two years in the army (including a tour of duty in Vietnam), he returned to USC as a post-doctoral fellow of the National Archives, assigned to the Papers of Henry Laurens.