Did you know that when Mount Holyoke first opened its doors, it was not completely finished?
“The doors were without steps; the windows without blinds; the woodhouse was not covered; stoves were not set up; the furniture, delayed by storms, had not all arrived; and much of the bedding pledged had not made its appearance…. ” (Green, 1979, p. 170).
While there were many things that might fluster or frustrate someone else, Mary Lyon was able to rise above and instill confidence in her students and colleagues.
“Strongest of all [recollections of the opening day of Mount Holyoke] were of Miss Lyon, her face aglow, not in the least tired or worried or flurried by the struggles of the last three years. The first students in retrospect thought of her as full of abounding life, possessing a winning dignity and cordiality, a born leader, almost a pattern of perfection. One student said Miss Lyon was “wonderfully calculated to make the best of everything and to lead others to do so” (Green, 1979, p. 170).
And we thought that move-in day was chaotic when we were students?
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.