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What Did Virginia Apgar ’29 Carry in Her Medical Bag?

Dr. Virginia Apgar ’29 is most known for changing the landscape of obstetric medicine with her invention in 1952 of the Apgar Score, the first standardized method for evaluating newborn health. But do you know what she carried in her medical bag? Mount Holyoke Archives…... » Read more

Sphinx sculpture

Sphinx Statuette with Hidden Message Passed Down through Classes

... A shoe-sized bronze statuette of a sphinx sits in the Mount Holyoke Archives and Special Collections protected by thick layers of wrapping paper. The rust stains on the bronze and dusty edges reveal a trace of age. To discover the original use of the mysterious…... » Read more

First Issue of the Alumnae Quarterly

On Display: The Inaugural Issue of the Alumnae Quarterly

¶ How it All Began The first issue of the Mount Holyoke Alumnae Quarterly debuted in April 1917 at a time when resources were tight. The country was at war, and paper was scarce. The editors made efficient use of sixty-six pages, with the text-heavy…... » Read more

Sundial beside Abbey Chapel

On Display: Counting the Bright Hours

A Wife Remembered Close observers walking through campus may notice several unique sundials. Some are situated on pedestals, some on the sides of buildings. All offer an opportunity to pause and reflect, and none has stood the test of time more than the sundial found…... » Read more