Thank you to everyone who participated in our FebruMary contests!
After compiling all of the submissions for our final trivia and “Where’s Mary ?” contests, we can announce our final set of contest winners! Congratulations to Jennifer Moore ’12 who correctly identified Mary as being in the basement of Mary Woolley hall.
Congratulations are also due to Jennifer Adams ’00 who correctly guessed that it cost $15,000 to open the Mount Holyoke Female Seminary in 1837 (Green, 1979, p. 156).
This was a particularly difficult question – many people know that Mary raised her first $1,000 in the fall of 1834 from a group of women in Ipswich (green, p. 140) and that the town of South Hadley contributed $8,000 in order to become the location of The Seminary (Green, p. 126). *There is another source that states Mary raised $12,000 to establish Mount Holyoke, and Green states in another section of her book that the building committee needed to raise $10,000 before October 1st (p. 139), so we included all submission within $5000 as correct.
There were also a number of people who correctly identified that it was Mary’s ultimate goal to make the Mount Holyoke Seminary a permanently endowed institution, which required much more than just $15,000.
“Mary Lyon’s virtuosity in managing money as well as raising funds was probably not fully appreciated even by close friends during her lifetime. …Although in her twelve years as principal she had regularly given away at least half her annual salary of $200, her personal estate was almost $2500. By 1851 the Seminary had received gifts for land, buildings, and furnishings to a total of $68,500, all debts had been paid, and the trustees had in hand $1800 that could be invested. The annual academic and domestic operations, for which Miss Lyon had from the first assumed both fiscal and administrative responsibility, were still covered by the student fee of $60 got the 40-week year” (Green, 1979, p. 344)
Jennifer and Jennifer each won a Mount Holyoke Alex and Ani bracelet.
Congratulations, and thank you again to everyone who took part in our many FebruMary contests, events, and activities!