FebruMary at MHC

Celebrating Mary Lyon's birthday all month long

FebruMary Fact of the Day – Feb. 7


The answer to this weeks trivia questions:  The three  towns that were vying to be the location of the Mount Holyoke Seminary were  South Deerfield, Sunderland, and South Hadley (Green, 1979, p. 126).

South Hadley was chosen on the condition that the amount pledged to the seminary (from members of the towns) would be raised from $5,000 to $8,000 within 15 days. The $8,000 was reached, and the question was settled for good by the end of January 1835 (Green, 1979, pp. 125-6).

Aren’t you glad South Hadley won?  Just think about trying to get to Northampton from South Deerfield via the PVTA… 

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.


3 thoughts on “FebruMary Fact of the Day – Feb. 7

  1. I just wanted to mention that I will never donate to Mount Holyoke College. I had a wonderful experience there, but… 1) My parents paid my full tuition. I have paid my dues to you. 2) I am now collecting unemployment despite previously working at a prestigious job. I understand the concept of giving back and plan to donate in the future.

  2. Any idea how much that $8000 would be worth now?!

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