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19th Century “Prayer for Mount Holyoke” Rediscovered in the Archives

Uniting a Community In 1919 Charlotte D’Evelyn, a new member of the Mount Holyoke English faculty, received a “Prayer for Mount Holyoke,” written by Abdu’l-Baha, who was then the head of the Baha’í faith after the death of the founder of the faith, Bahá’u’lláh. This…... » 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

Photo by Deirdre Haber Malfatto

1890s Basketball Uniform Took Fashion from Trends of the Day

—By Anne Pinkerton This article appeared as “Basketball Uniforms” in the summer 2017 issue of the Alumnae Quarterly. Mount Holyoke’s first basketball teams played in Blanchard Hall, site of the College’s original gymnasium. At the turn of the twentieth century, students played on teams of six, with each class—freshman, sophomores,…... » Read more

In Memoriam: Professor Emeritus Curtis Smith

Professor Emeritus Curtis Smith died on February 15 at the age of 93. After serving four years in the US Army during World War II, Smith attended the University of Chicago, where he earned his undergraduate degree and his doctorate. He arrived at Mount Holyoke…... » Read more