FebruMary at MHC

Celebrating Mary Lyon's birthday all month long


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Wedding bells in Abbey Chapel – Mary Goes Global

Last week Mary was invited to join in a very special event – the wedding of Margaret (Marge) Anderson ’85 and her wife Janet.

Marge and a number of other Mount Holyoke alums had a wonderful time celebrating with Mary, and made sure Mary was dressed for the occasion!

Mary at Marge Anderson's wedding

Mary is ready to celebrate with  Marge Anderson ’85 and guests.

Marge says “Janet and I ordered laurel garlands for everyone to wear, and the alums had their photo taken in them on the grave.  During the grave photo shoot, a mighty wind blew up – maybe it was Mary coming by just to hang out.  We sure felt her spirit there.”

Laurel on Mary's grave

Marge and her alum guests honored Mary by laying some laurel on her grave.

Congratulations Marge and Janet!  Thank you for sharing your special day with Mount Holyoke and Mary Lyon!


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Touring the President’s House – Mary Goes Global

Throughout FebruMary, Mary was able to visit alumnae all over the country, and the world.  She was also able to have adventures a little closer to home.

Mary was given a wonderful tour of the President’s House by Brenda Adams, House Manager.

Mary outside of the President's House

Mary with Brenda and Carly outside of the President’s House.

Mary with Rich Chase

Mary joins Rich Chase from Facilities Management.

Mary inside the President's House

Mary starting her tour of the President’s House.

Mary at the main staircase

Mary looking out over the main staircase in the President’s House

Thank you for giving Mary (and us) the insider’s tour!


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Color-Me-Mary Winners

All FebruMary we have been having a color-in Mary contest for students on campus.  We are pleased to announce that our experts have picked a winner!  Congratulations to Carson Shook ’14:

Winning Color-Me-Mary

Here is our winning Mary – Congratulations to Carson Shook ’14!

 

We also have a runner up, Hannah Galloway ’17:

Runner up Mary

Congratulations to Hannah Galloway ’17, our runner up!

 

Here are some of the other beautiful Mary Lyons submitted this month:

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Mary and the Legacy Committee of the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame – Mary At Work

Dr. Ellie Miller Greenberg ’53 brought Mary with her to a meeting at the Denver Public Library of the Legacy Committee of the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame.
Mary with Dr. Elisabeth Brown '63,  Dr. Ellie Miller  Greenberg '53 and Dr. Martha Urioste '58.

Mary with Dr. Elisabeth Brown ’63, Dr. Ellie Miller Greenberg ’53 and Dr. Martha Urioste ’58 at a meeting at the Denver Public Library of the Legacy Committee of the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame.

The photo features Mary, Dr. Elisabeth Brown ’63 (Mt. Holyoke Alum and Committee  member),  Dr. Ellie Miller  Greenberg ’53 (Mt. Holyoke Alum-Hall of Fame Inductee and Committee  member) and Dr. Martha Urioste ’58 (Hall of Fame Inductee and Committee member).
The photo was taken by Jill Teitjen, who is a UVA Alum, Hall of Fame Inductee and Chair of the Board of the National  Women’s  Hall of Fame and Committee member.

Ellie says “The Mary photo  cutout  has inspired us to consider doing the same with Colorado Women’s  Hall of Fame historic Inductees for our 30th  anniversary celebration and exhibit in  2015/16!!  Thank you, Mary, for continuing to inspire us to new heights!!”

Mary was very excited to be invited to join wonderful alumnae as they  discussed other inspirational women!


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Adventures Abroad – Mary Goes Global

Mary has been having some incredible adventures, both in the US and abroad.  Here she visited Lisa Misakian ’78 in Nairobi, Kenya.

Mary with  Lisa Misakian '78 in Nairobi, Kenya

Lisa Misakian ’78 brought Mary with her on a consulting assignment to lead a compensation workshop among Human Resources practitioners working for globally operating NGO’s throughout Africa.

Lisa writes:  “I brought Mary along with me on a consulting assignment to lead a compensation workshop among Human Resources practitioners working for globally operating NGO’s throughout Africa.  The workshop was part of InsideNGO’s Operations Week in Africa.  Almost all my students were women (we did have one young man in class), and I truly felt proud to share this part of Mount Holyoke’s education/missionary history with my students.  We took our class photo on Wednesday, February 26 on the grounds of Safari Park Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya.  Mary is being held by one of my students in the front row, and that’s me on the left, just under the “K” in the “Kumbayah Hall” sign. The photo is currently on InsideNGO’s Facebook page about Operations Week, so many involved in strengthening the operations of globally operating NGO’s are seeing our Mary on this historic visit to Nairobi.”

Mary Lyon also joined Patrice McCarthy Kirshbaum ’78.  Together they visited the Reichstag in Berlin, Germany.

Mary Lyon and Patrice McCarthy Kirshbaum '78 visited the Reichstag in Berlin, Germany

Mary Lyon and Patrice McCarthy Kirshbaum ’78 visited the Reichstag in Berlin, Germany

What amazing adventures!  Mary is having so much fun traveling the world with alumnae.


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Adventures in Ohio – Mary Goes Global

Mary Lyon was seen in Dayton, OH, on Sunday, February 23, at a gathering of Dayton-area alumnae. 
Mary with Dayton alumnae

Mary Lyon with a gathering of Dayton-area alumnae. (From left to right): Pamela Tsang ’77. Jane Greiner ’49, Janet Beaven ’51, Lucy Anne McKosky ’69, Peggy Young ’78, Amber Todd ’05, Ellen Rice ’64, Bonnie Buddendeck ’66, and Joyce Young ’56 (in front).

The first photo shows (left to right): Pamela Tsang ’77. Jane Greiner ’49, Janet Beaven ’51, Lucy Anne McKosky ’69Peggy Young ’78,  Amber Todd ’05, Ellen Rice ’64, Bonnie Buddendeck ’66, and Joyce Young ’56 (in front).  In addition to posing with Mary, the group celebrated her birthday with the traditional Deacon Porter’s Hat.
The second photo shows Mary strolling past the house on College St. which was the home of Joyce Young’s great-grandmother. 
 Mary strolling past the house on College St.

Mary strolling past the house on College St. which was the home of Joyce Young’s great-grandmother.

Thank you for sharing your adventures with us!


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FINAL FebruMary Contest Winners!

Thank you to everyone who participated in our FebruMary contests!

After compiling all of the submissions for our final trivia  and “Where’s Mary ?” contests, we can announce our final set of contest winners!  Congratulations to Jennifer Moore ’12 who correctly identified Mary as being in the basement of Mary Woolley hall.

Congratulations are also due to Jennifer Adams ’00 who correctly guessed that it cost $15,000 to open the Mount Holyoke Female Seminary in 1837 (Green, 1979, p. 156).

This was a particularly difficult question – many people know that Mary raised her first  $1,000 in the fall of 1834 from a group of women in Ipswich (green, p. 140) and that the town of South Hadley contributed $8,000 in order to become the location of The Seminary (Green, p. 126). *There is another source that states Mary raised $12,000 to establish Mount Holyoke, and Green states in another section of her book that the building committee needed to raise $10,000 before October 1st (p. 139), so we included all submission within $5000 as correct.

There were also a number of people who correctly identified that it was Mary’s ultimate goal to make the Mount Holyoke Seminary a permanently endowed institution, which required much more than just $15,000.

“Mary Lyon’s virtuosity in managing money as well as raising funds was probably not fully appreciated even by close friends during her lifetime.  …Although in her twelve years as principal she had regularly given away at least half her annual salary of $200, her personal estate was almost $2500.  By 1851 the Seminary had received gifts for land, buildings, and furnishings to a total of $68,500, all debts had been paid, and the trustees had in hand $1800 that could be invested.  The annual academic and domestic operations, for which Miss Lyon had from the first assumed both fiscal and administrative responsibility, were still covered by the student fee of $60 got the 40-week year” (Green, 1979, p. 344)

Jennifer and Jennifer each won a Mount Holyoke Alex and Ani bracelet.

Alex and Ani Bracelet

Final Contest Prize – Mount Holyoke Alex and Ani bracelet

Congratulations, and thank you again to everyone who took part in our many FebruMary contests, events, and activities!

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