FebruMary at MHC

Celebrating Mary Lyon's birthday all month long

FebruMary Fact of the Day – Feb. 9

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Did you know that late in 1836 Mary tried a specialized money-raising project. She was attempting to enlist, town by town, enough benevolent – and efficient – ladies to organize local groups, each of which would accumulate a collective contribution of $50-$60 to furnish one student room (Green, 1979, p. 118).  

Unfortunately, the results were disappointing due to the country’s financial difficulties, which had already dealt such blows to every kind of fund-raising effort and would continue through 1837 (Green, 1979, p. 118).

Sounds familiar…  

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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