FebruMary at MHC

Celebrating Mary Lyon's birthday all month long

FebruMary Fact of the Day – Feb. 4

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Like many Mount Holyoke alumnae and students, while Mary Lyon was a student she was reported to have studied every waking moment, except for hurried meals, and to have slept an average of four hours a night (Green, 1979, p.18).  

*We do not recommend that anyone try this…  sleep is important! and friends!  and M&Cs!

It was while Mary was a student at  Sanderson Academy that she performed the feat that became legendary in the hill towns: learning the whole of a Latin grammar text in three days (one of the extra studies assigned partly to keep her from getting too far ahead of the rest of the class) (Green, 1979, p.18).

FebruMary facts come from the book Mary Lyon and Mount Holyoke, Opening the Gates, by Elizabeth Alden Green.

Green, E. A. (1979). Mary Lyon and Mount Holyoke: Opening the gates. Hanover, N.H: University Press of New England.


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