Students work in the Violin Making & Repair program at the North Bennet Street School.

Sarah Turner is president of North Bennet Street School (NBSS), a 138-year-old trade school serving 150 students each year in Boston. Previously, Sarah served as the dean of Cranbrook Academy of Art, and she previously taught at the Rhode Island School of Design. In 2005, Sarah was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to research Dutch contemporary applied art. I recently spoke with her about the North Bennet Street School and their distinctive approach to training students in traditional trades, like bookbinding and preservation carpentry. Here’s what she had to say.

Rick Hess: Sarah, what is North Bennet Street School?

Sarah Turner: We’re America’s very first trade school. Since our founding

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