FebruMary at MHC

Celebrating Mary Lyon's birthday all month long

FebruMary Fact of the Day – Feb. 5

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As we learned yesterday, Mary Lyon was able to push herself to her limit as both a student, and in founding the Mount Holyoke Seminary. To help her keep up her incredible pace, Mary would sometimes take a sick day (or three). 

“When, from long and close application, Mary Lyon became brain-weary, it was her practice, at this period of her life, to sink voluntarily into a state of partial stupor for one, two or three days, as the case might require, keeping her bed most of the time, and taking very little food.  From such seasons of rest she would come forth rejuvenated, and ready for a campaign that would exhaust anyone else (Green, 1979, pp. 151-152).

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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