Lion Monument in Luzern
Lion Monument in Luzern (Photo: Wolfgang Schatz)
Eduard Pfyffer
Eduard Pfyffer (Source: Special Collection ZHB Lucerne)

Eduard Pfyffer – a small academy was the goal

In the 19th century, the importance of academic education for producing citizens who could meet the growing demands of a modern society was widely recognised. In Reformation cities such as Zurich, Bern, Geneva, Lausanne and Neuchâtel, universities were created from specialised colleges called academies.

Eduard Pfyffer (1783-1834) was a member of the Lucerne education board with an early liberal outlook who worked systematically towards establishing an academy. He was the eldest son of a senior officer in the papal Swiss Guard.

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