Final FebruMary Trivia Tuesday and Where Is Mary Winners

By MHC Development on March 6, 2015 at 9:19 AM

Announcing our final FebruMary Trivia Tuesday and Where’s Mary winners!

Congratulations to Sue Perreault Bonafini '82, the winner of our final #TriviaTuesday!  Sue  correctly identified all eight buildings named after presidents of Mount Holyoke:

  1. Blanchard Campus Center  - (Elizabeth Blanchard, president 1883-1889)
  2. Brigham Hall - (Mary Brigham, president-elect who never served!)
  3. Creighton Hall - (Joanne V. Creighton, president 1996-2010)
  4. Richard Glenn Gettell Amphitheater (president, 1957-1968)
  5. Ham Hall - (Roswell G. Ham, president 1937-1957)
  6. Mary Lyon Hall - (founder and first president/principal)
  7. Mary Woolley Hall - (president 1900-1937)
  8. Mead Hall - (Elizabeth Storrs Mead, president 1890-1900)
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Thank You For a Fabulous FebruMary!

By MHC Development on March 2, 2015 at 12:23 PM

During FebruMary, we celebrated Mary Lyon—a catalyst who changed the face of higher education—and all the trailblazing women who followed in her footsteps.

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In memoriam, Mary Lyon (1797-1849)

By MHC Development on February 28, 2015 at 11:00 AM

by Sara Dalmas Jonsberg '60

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Final FebruMary Contest Questions!

By MHC Development on February 28, 2015 at 8:30 AM

Happy 218th birthday to our beloved founder, Mary Lyon! Thanks for an amazing second #FebruMary! We've celebrated, learned, laughed, and helped advance the mission of Mount Holyoke.

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Building Community Fact #28: Buckland Hall

By MHC Development on February 28, 2015 at 8:00 AM

There’s a reason Buckland and Torrey Halls look so similar: both were designed in the 1950s by architect Douglas Orr. Buckland, while beloved by those who have lived in its spacious doubles and enjoyed its convenient dining hall, is often referred to as a “60s office building.” Still, it boasts large built-in closets, charming vanities, and beautifully wide windows with thick marble sills.

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Celebrating activism and diversity at MHC

By MHC Development on February 27, 2015 at 4:30 PM

This past month has been an incredible opportunity to learn more about our founder, the Mount Holyoke community, and the experiences that helped bring us to where we are today. Along with celebrating FebruMary, our campus has been alive with important programming supporting Black History Month. Co-sponsored by the Association of Pan-African Unity (APAU) and Africana Studies, the “Unknown Living Legends” programming has featured a photo exhibit, lectures, readings, a film screening, and more.

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FebruMary Trivia Tuesday and Where Is Mary Winners, Week 4

By MHC Development on February 27, 2015 at 8:59 AM

Announcing our Week 4 Trivia Tuesday and Where's Mary winners!

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Building Community Fact #27: Brigham Hall

By MHC Development on February 27, 2015 at 8:41 AM

Brigham Hall was named in honor of Mary Brigham, the eighth president of Mount Holyoke, whose tragic death en route to her official appointment rocked the campus community. Brigham Hall was hailed after its construction as “expressive of the strength and beauty of her character.” Students today adore Brigham Hall for its spacious rooms, enticing dumbwaiter, and ideal location close to classes, the library, and the Village Commons.

As the first hall to replace the Seminary Building, which burned to the ground in October 1896, Brigham Hall represents the strength of will and giving spirit that empowers all Mount Holyoke students and alumnae.

After the fire, trustees of the College voted to build new halls at once. The construction was made possible by donations from many benefactors and alumnae contributors. Money enough to build four new dorms was raised within a year of the tragic fire. Generous gifts given by the alumnae clubs of New York and Brooklyn allowed for this first residence hall to be “the most beautiful in its appointments” of all the new houses being built on campus, though the students living in it were likely just happy for a roof over their heads in the cold Massachusetts winter.

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Who's Your Mary?

By MHC Development on February 26, 2015 at 3:55 PM

Mary Lyon was bold, fearless, intelligent... an inspiration to all women--not only at Mount Holyoke but around the world. So many incredible women follow in her footsteps, inspiring positive change in their communities. Here's what some of you have told us on Facebook:

 Kelly M. Spencer "My Mary is my grandmother Laura Lee Spencer Class of '36. A young widow she attended law school and went on to write landmark legislation for Equal Housing."

Jane Eversby "My grandmas were just plain awesome....One left her life behind and came to start a new life in America. She had no education and no money, but managed to make things work. She had 9 children. Her youngest son was afflicted with polio and she had the foresight to try out an experimental thing, which was the forefront of modern physical therapy. She expected everyone to give their best all of the time. My other grandma was one of the first people in my family to go to college. She was incredibly smart. She took a job working at the French embassy before getting married. After, she continued the education of her sons by teaching them outside of school. All her sons went to college. I think it takes a tremendous amount of courage to leave everything behind and take a trip across the ocean to a new life. I also think it is hard to be different from everyone else and have the fortitude to pursue your dreams by going to college. They never told me that women were limited in any way and I believed I could do or be anything I wanted."

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It’s Always FebruMary in MHC's Archives and Special Collections!

By MHC Development on February 26, 2015 at 1:50 PM

Did you know that Mary Lyon’s letters, books, eye glasses, and, yes, even her pen knife live in the College’s Archives and Special Collections?

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