In the early days of embalming, the only way companies could sell embalming chemicals was to train people to embalm and then sell them the product. A. Johnson Dodge started out that way but knew that having a school would give him, and the company, more credibility. So, in 1893 he and his brother bought the Oriental School of Embalming. In 1907, he and his brother parted ways and A. J. founded the New England Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences. (Photo to the right is one of his early classes.) While the Dodge family has remained keenly interested in what is now called the New England Institute at Mt. Ida, the school and the Dodge Company have not been affiliated since 1910. At that point, the school was chartered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and became a non-profit educational institution.
The strong interest and commitment to education remains and while the company hasn't been involved in owning and running a school since 1910, we have sponsored educational programs all over the United States and Canada since that time. Early programs were often presented in conjunction with local casket companies and were typically one day long. Those programs evolved into the Dodge Seminars which were created to provide a forum for embalmers and funeral directors to hear excellent speakers, see demonstrations from leading embalmers, and to share ideas and experiences. These have been attended by thousands of embalmers and continue to attract professionals from all over the world. Please see any current offerings in the Dodge Seminars section of our Web store.