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The Odyssey Bookstore Turns Fifty

The Beginning of the Odyssey The Odyssey Bookshop was established in 1963 by Romeo Grenier, a French-Canadian immigrant who arrived in Holyoke, Massachusetts, in 1923 at the age of thirteen. Despite a limited high school education, he was a passionate reader, buying a book a…... » Read more

On the Road in China with Hope Justman ’64

A Chinese art history class taken in 1962 at Mount Holyoke changed the life of Hope Justman ’64. She fell in love with Chinese landscape painting, especially the masterpiece Emperor Ming Huang’s Journey to Shu. In the background was an ancient plank road clinging so…... » Read more

Sing! Sing! Sing!

There was a time when Mount Holyoke women sang—not just the “Alma Mater” at commencement, but nearly everywhere, nearly every day. Gale Stubbs McClung ’45 remembers the time well, and tries to keep the tradition alive. In her time at MHC, students sang after dinner,…... » Read more

Fostering Awareness of Native American Culture

Amy Stretten ’06 has always been passionate about her heritage. The only Native American woman on campus during three of her years at Mount Holyoke, Stretten cofounded on-campus mixed-race group Mix It Up and chaired Native Spirit, a college organization promoting awareness of native culture. While…... » Read more