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winter 2015

Ten Minutes With: Imogene Fish ’55

Achieving Great Heights At the age of nineteen,  Imogene Opton Fish ’55 traveled to Oslo, Norway, to represent the United States in women’s slalom alpine skiing at the 1952 Winter Olympics, placing fifth. After graduating from Mount Holyoke with a major in art, she raised…... » Read more

The Maven: Raising Backyard Chickens

Have you ever had fresh eggs laid the same morning? They taste better and are better for you than store-bought eggs. Best of all they came from your chickens, so you know what went into them—sweet grass, organic feed, no growth hormones or pesticides. Chickens…... » 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

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Campus Under Quarantine

In the fall of 1918, Mount Holyoke endured the deadliest flu outbreak the world had ever seen In the weeks before students flocked to campus in the fall of 1918, a deadly strain of influenza reached the shores of Boston with a group of sailors…... » Read more