Miriam Dickey was born in Medford, Massachusetts in 1907. She attended Girls' Latin School before continuing at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, where she graduated with a Zoology major and a Chemistry and Physics double minor in 1932. Soon after graduation, she joined the Education Department of the Boston Children's Museum, where she was elected Head of the Department in 1941. Miriam liked the experience of teaching young minds, so she ran a summer day camp for children, which continued for twenty-seven consecutive summers.
In 1968, Miriam was invited by the Massachusetts Audubon Society to run a funded program for inner-city children. In this program, she taught children in Roxbury and North Dorchester, Massachusetts about the science behind what they observed in everyday life. While working for the Massachusetts Audubon Society, Miriam taught Natural History in the Boston Public School System. She also became part of the teaching staff of the American Nature Study Society in Connecticut and Washington D.C.
Miriam taught classes in Astronomy from 1983 to 1994. She then volunteered at the Visiting Nurses Center in Dedham, Massachusetts, where she introduced nature to preschool children. She ran the same type of program for Senior Citizens at the VNA Drop-in Center.
Miriam retired in 1997 at ninety years old.
She passed away in 2002.
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