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Celebrating Mary Lyon's birthday all month long

FebruMary Fact of the Day – Feb. 13

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Did you know that there were a number of complications that arose as they were building the Mount Holyoke Seminary building?

“A series of misfortunes occurred during construction.  When the foundation was finally excavated in August 1836, some defect was found — perhaps quicksand — which required moving the site 25 feet further back from the road.  Then a question of the quality of the bricks required another pause until an expert declared them sound. The following April, when construction was going forward on the third story, the flooring and part of the walls collapsed (Green, 1979, p. 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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