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Mount Holyoke’s response to the 1916 polio epidemic

In the summer of 1916, an outbreak of poliomyelitis, more commonly known as polio or infant paralysis, swept the northeastern and mid-atlantic United States. Health authorities announced the epidemic in Brooklyn, New York, in June, and by the end of the month there were 646…... » Read more

Remembering Wendy Wasserstein ’71

An Uncommon Woman Thirty years ago, Wendy Wasserstein ’71 became the first woman to receive a Tony Award, for her play “The Heidi Chronicles.” That same year, 1989, Wasserstein also received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, at the time the ninth woman to receive the…... » Read more

The John D. Rockefeller skating rink.

Campus Ice Skating Once Offered Winter Respite

The John D. Rockefeller skating rink In the area of campus where Porter Hall now stands, overlooking Lower Lake, there once stood a covered skating rink. The rink, donated to the College by John D. Rockefeller, measured 120 feet by 50 feet and was one…... » Read more

In Mount Holyoke’s Centenary Program, Mary Lyon Already a Cult Figure

The College reached its first one hundred years early on in the history of the Alumnae Quarterly, and the magazine celebrated the milestone in its May 1937 issue. The issue opens with a full-page outline of the centenary festivities—planned for May 7, 1937—biographies of all…... » Read more