The Centenary of Mount Holyoke College: Friday and Saturday, May Seventh and Eighth, Nineteen Hundred and Thirty-Seven

The Centenary of Mount Holyoke College: Friday and Saturday, May Seventh and Eighth, Nineteen Hundred and Thirty-Seven

The Centenary of Mount Holyoke College: Friday and Saturday, May Seventh and Eighth, Nineteen Hundred and Thirty-Seven

The Centenary of Mount Holyoke College: Friday and Saturday, May Seventh and Eighth, Nineteen Hundred and Thirty-Seven

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"A hundred years of higher education for women" is naturally an exciting subject to women whose own education, like that of Henry Adams, has covered a considerable part of the century. To college students of these later years the phrase has often sounded artificial -- an attempt to evoke an emotion about something as everyday as one's bread and butter and orange juice. Yet something of the old excitement rose once more in the atmosphere of Mount Holyoke College, like a keen wind blowing, a few months before 1937 dawned.

The election of a new president, to take office a year later, focused the attention of the College, of the alumnae, of the English-speaking world, for at least an enlightening moment, on the contemporary record of educated women. The final year of the first hundred, and the final year of an unbroken succession of women principals and presidents, became an unexpectedly stimulating time, in an unexpectedly conspicuous place, for the celebration recorded in this book.

And so the background of the Centenary Celebrations held lively ideas about Mount Holyoke and its founder, about the claims of women to shape their own intellectual destiny, about the obligations resting upon those who are carrying a woman's college into its second century. Different readers will bring to this account very diverse views of the events surrounding the particular moment in Mount Holyoke's history during which the celebration was held. But every reader will see that the light and warmth of fresh excitement contributed to the occasion a vitality that recreated something of the spirit in which Mount Holyoke was founded a hundred years ago.

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