Transcript: The Saddest Day

On April 15, 1865, Nettie Bacon, class of 1866, was traveling back to South Hadley after a holiday when she learned of President Abraham Lincoln's assassination. Over the course of the next few days, she composed a letter to her brother, Alonzo, chronicling the reactions…... » Read more

Chronicling the Spanish Flu

Renowned physicist, Mildred Allen, taught at Mount Holyoke from 1918 to 1959. She was infected with the Spanish flu—along with more than a quarter of the student population—within weeks of arriving on campus her first year of teaching. During her quarantine she wrote letters to…... » Read more

Insider’s View: The Pump House

The Pump House, and what was referred to as the “kissing bridge,” were familiar sights to Mount Holyoke women of earlier generations. Although the original kissing bridge is gone, the Pump House remains, situated along the stream that runs between Upper Lake and Lower Lake,…... » Read more

A Scholarly Feast

Culinary historian Barbara Ketcham  Wheaton ’53 turns to cookbooks to learn about the past. “Ladies and gentlemen,” announced Barbara Ketcham Wheaton ’53, addressing the twenty occupants of a staid conference room at the Radcliffe Institute’s Schlesinger Library, “I have been asked to tell you how to…... » Read more