FebruMary at MHC

Celebrating Mary Lyon's birthday all month long

FebruMary Fact of the Day – Feb. 23

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Did you know that Mary Lyon banned tea and coffee?  

“Probably the rule that occasioned most individual opposition was the ban on tea and coffee.  Almost immediately after the opening, Mary Lyon persuaded all but half a dozen students to get along without either beverage; within two or three weeks the holdouts had either given in or gone home.  … Until after her death, tea and coffee were used in the Seminary only as two of the medicines prepared by the young women serving as nurses” (Green, 1979, p. 187).

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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