Harriet Morgan Tyng

Harriet Tyng. Courtesy of the Vermont Historical Society
Harriet Tyng. Courtesy of the Vermont Historical Society

Time Period

1910-1940

Subject Categories

Education, Writers

Notable Facts

Author of a book of poems, "Vermont Village", and a teacher at a variety of educational institutions in the Eastern United States. Director of the Willard Day School in Troy, New York. Never lived in Vermont, but visited the state frequently and died in St. Johnsbury.

Personal Information

Date of Birth

05/17/1905

Date of Death

10/21/1952

Primary Residence

Craftsbury Common

Historical Significance

Harriet Morgan Tyng was the author of a book of poems, "Vermont Village", and a teacher at a variety of educational institutions in the east. She never lived in Vermont, but visited the state frequently and died in St. Johnsbury.

Tyng was born in Cranford, New Jersey to Sarah Hyde and Francis Tyng, Sr. She was a 1928 graduate of Barnard College, where she served as an editor of the weekly newspaper, "The Bulletin", and as editor-in-chief of the college magazine, "The Barnacle." Tyng did graduate work at Columbia University and Bryn Mawr College in English and education. She taught at Miss Fine's School in Princeton, New Jersey, the Montgomery School for Boys in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania and the Winsor School in Boston, Massachusetts. From 1946-1952, Tyng was Director of the Willard Day School in Troy, New York, where she helped the school become co-ed and developed music, art, and science programs.

She was a prolific poet whose works were published in two volumes: "Open Letter and Other Poems" (1938) and "Vermont Village" (1947). Some of her poetry appeared in The New York Sun, The Evening Telegram, and Torchbearer, a Methodist Episcopal Church publication. Tyng visited Vermont regularly, possibly as a result of her friendship with Ruth Planten, who had ties to Craftsbury Common, and died from a long illness in St. Johnsbury, Vermont on October 31, 1952. A final book of her poetry, "Later Poems", was published by Barnard College in 1954.

Occupations

  • Poet
  • Teacher
  • Director of the Willard Day School in Troy, New York.

Education

  • Barnard College (1928)
  • Graduate work in English and Education at Columbia University and Bryn Mawr College

Additional Information (Bibliography)

  • Harriet Morgan Tyng Papers Link