mhc history

History of the Annual Spring Flower Show

There's rosemary, that's for remembrance; and there is pansies, that's for thoughts... —Shakespeare, Hamlet James Talcott (1835-1916), a New York City dry goods commission merchant and millionaire, had a deep commitment to learning and philanthropy. Over his lifetime,  Talcott set aside approximately one tenth of his…... » Read more

The History of Valentine’s Day at Mount Holyoke

Mother of the American Valentine Esther Howland, class of 1847, grew up in Worcester, Massachusetts, where her father owned a large book and stationery store. Shortly after graduating, Howland received a beautiful, handcrafted Valentine from one of her father's business contacts in England. She was…... » Read more

Code Breakers at MHC

A few specially selected students learned how to crack code during WWII. Professor Roger Holmes taught legendary cryptography courses under the strictest secrecy, demanding that students study behind closed doors. Approved by a faculty unaware of the subject matter, the courses did not exist to…... » Read more

Then & Now: Winter Fashion

This article appeared in the winter 2014 issue of the Alumnae Quarterly.... » Read more