From the turn of the century onward, George Booth was one of the leading proponents of the Arts and Crafts movement in America. In 1927, he donated a sizeable portion of his assets, both money and much of the country estate he named Cranbrook, to be used as an educational and cultural center with The Cranbrook Foundation as the governing body. At the first meeting of the Board of Trustees he announced the formation of both an Academy of Arts and a School of Arts and Crafts.
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