Stowe, Sarah D. (Locke). 

History of Mount Holyoke Seminary During Its First Half Century, 1837-1887 [book]

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Springfield, Mass.: Springfield Printing Company, 1887.

xi, [1], 372 p. front., illus., plates, port, index. 24 cm. 

Published by the Seminary. 

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CONTENTS. 

Page.
Frontispiece
 

PREFACE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

v-vi
CHAPTER I.
 EDUCATION FOR WOMAN IN THE UNITED STATES.
 1636-1836.

First School in Boston-Why Colleges Were Founded-Harvard - Other Colleges before 1802-Law Requiring Universal Education - Penalty - Grammar and Primary Schools Required - Why Public Schools Were not for Girls-Decline in Education in the 18th Century - Effect of Revolutionary War - Admission of Girls to Public Schools - Law of 1789 - Woman as Teacher - Wages - Proofs of Progress - Branches Taught - Academies - Girls' Schools - William Woodbridge - Mrs. Willard - Catharine Fiske - Catharine Beecher- Rev. Joseph Emerson - Miss Z. P. Grant - Expenses in Girls' Schools - Why More than in Colleges - Demand for Teachers - One Hundred Catholic Schools for Girls - One Hundred and Twenty Colleges - Mount Holyoke Seminary Incorporated, . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

1
CHAPTER II.
THE LIFE OF MARY LYON.
1797-1849.
Birthplace - Ancestry - Inheritance - Education at Home - At School - Career as Teacher - Religious Character,. . . . . . . 
12
CHAPTER III.
MOUNT HOLYOKE SEMINARY ANTICIPATED.
1818-1834.

Mr. Emerson - Byfield Seminary - Miss Grant - Adams Academy - Buckland School - Ipswich Seminary - Efforts for Endowment - Effect of Failure - The New Plan - Its One Principle - Its Features . . . . . . . .

27
CHAPTER IV.
PREPARATIONS.
1834-1836.

General Committee Appointed - First Thousand Dollars - Obstacles - Objections-Answers - Location - Name - Deacon Safford - Dr. Packard - Reliance upon Benevolence - Mr. Hawks - Circulars - Deacon Avery - Misses Maynard - Subscription Records . . . . . .

39
CHAPTER V.
ERECTION OF FIRST BUILDING.
1836-1837.

Charter - Deacon Porter - Site - Corner-stone - Miss Grant - Effort in Boston - Wheaton Seminary - Prospectus - Progress in Building - Furnishing and Finishing . . . . . . . . . 

61
CHAPTER VI.
THE OPENING.
1837-1838.

Contrast in Travel - Connecticut Valley - Hampshire County - South Hadley - Seminary Grounds - Seminary Building - Glance at Harvard - School Opens - Inconveniences - First Breakfast - Kindness of Villagers - Dedication, . . . . . . 

78
CHAPTER VII.
THEORY PUT TO TEST.
1837-1838.

The Theory - Difficulties - Bread-making - Domestic Department - Plan of Organization - Modifications - Students of the First Year - Financial Success - First Anniversary - Diploma, . . . . . 

91
CHAPTER VIII.
METHODS ADOPTED.

Self-Help - Care for Health - Plan of Instruction - Use of Bible  - Prayer - Specific Labor - Personal Influence - Teachers - Government - Cultivation of Conscience - Sense of Honor - Benevolence - Personal Responsibility - System Progressive - Caution, . . . . . . . . . . 

103
CHAPTER IX.
METHODS ILLUSTRATED BY QUOTATIONS FROM PUPILS.

Miss Lyon's Personality - Pupils Free with Her - Her Hold on Them - Influence Abiding - Interest in Individuals - Watch  over Mutual Influences - Enthusiasm and Thoroughness in Teaching - Notes of Criticism - Care for Health - Afternoon  Exercises - Cure of Disorderly Habits - Dress - Sabbath Letterwriting -  Counsels on Teaching - Motives - After a Death - Morning Addresses - Miss Lyon's Bible - Letter in Recapitulation - Told  for a Memorial . .

117
CHAPTER X.
GROWTH UNDER MISS LYON.
1837-1849.

  Overflowing Numbers-Dr. Anderson's Address-Woman's Higher Education an Experiment - Plans for Enlarging the Building - Opposition -Success - Course of Study - Progress - Additional Advantages - French - Latin - Greek and Hebrew Desired . . . . .

138
CHAPTER XI.
GROWTH UNDER MISS LYON-CONTINUED.
RELIGIOUS HISTORY.
1837-1849.

Fast-days - First Revival - Blessings and Trials of 1840 - Recess Meetings - Five Fruitful Years - Miss Lyon's Larger Desires - Praying for the World - Counsels upon Giving - Meeting at Norwich - Miss Fiske - Revival of 1843 - "Missionary Offering" - New Interest in Missions - Other Teachers Leave - Revival of 1846 - Mr. Condit's Death - Miss Rice Joins Miss Fiske - Miss Lyon's Last Vacation - Instructions - Illness - Death . . . . . . . . . .

150
CHAPTER XII.
MISS CHAPIN'S ADMINISTRATION.
1849-1867.

Miss Whitman and Miss Hazen - Miss Chapin and Miss Spofford - Tribute of Dr. Fisher - Miss Jessup -Miss Tolman - Stewards - Improvements - North Wing - Observatory - Library Room - Death of Deacon Safford - Gymnasium - Extension of South Wing - Water Tower - Course of Study - Seminary in Wartime - Twenty-fifth Anniversary, . . . . . . . . .

184
CHAPTER XIII.
MISS CHAPIN'S ADMINISTRATION-CONTINUED
1849-1867.
Care for Souls - Dr. Kirk's First Visits - Miss Fiske's Return - Her Impressions of the Seminary - Missionary Reunion - MissBeach - Revival of 1862-3 - Call for Teachers - Miss Fritcher- Sabbath-school Party - Revival of 1863-4 - Prominence of Prayer - Miss Pond - Death of Miss Fiske - Of Dr. and Mrs. Hitchcock - Miss Hopkins - Miss Chapin's Resignation - Mrs. Stoddard - Miss Norcross, . . . . . . . 
201
CHAPTER XIV.
ADMINISTRATION OF MISS FRENCH.
1867-1872.
                                                                   The New Principal - Efforts to Introduce Steam-heating - How the Funds were Raised - Grant front the State - Donation of Mrs. Durant for Books - The Library Building - Longevity of Graduates from Various Institutions - Religious History of the Period - Teachers who Became Foreign Missionaries - Death of Mrs. Porter, of Hon. F. Southworth, and of Rev. Mr. Hawks - Resignation of Miss French and Miss Ellis, . . . . . . . 
221
CHAPTER XV.
ADMINISTRATION OF MISS WARD.
1872-1883.

Appointments Made - A Critical Period - Instruction in Modern Languages - Scientific Building Proposed - The School at Penikese - Obstacles - The New Colleges for Women - Continued Progress Indispensable - Tokens for Good - Dr. Kirk's Death - Mrs. Safford, Mrs. Eddy, and Mrs. Banister - Lectures on Art - Burning of the Church - Corner-stone of the New Building Laid - Anniversary in a Tent - Botanical Meeting - The Historical Sketch - Seminary Students at a Fire - Lectures ofJoseph Cook, . . . . . . . . . 

235
CHAPTER XVI.
ADMINISTRATION OF MISS WARD-CONTINUED.
1872-1883.
Dedication of Williston Hall - Deacon Porter's Last Days - His Character - Advance in the Course of Study - The Paris Exposition - Memorandum Catalogue of 1878 - Death of Mr. Sawyer - The Artesian Well - The Elevator - The Memorial Observatory - Transit of Venus Observed - The old Telescope in South Africa - Goodnow Park - Death of Colonel Rice - Mr.Kingman - Mr. Durant - Religious History of the Period - Seminary Teachers Laboring in Foreign Lands - Miss ClaryResignation of Miss Ward - Resolutions Passed by the Trustees - Extract from the Paper of Dr. Tyler - Conclusion,   . . . . . . . .
250
CHAPTER XVII.
ADMINISTRATION OF MISS BLANCHARD.
From 1883.

Events of the Year 1882-3 - Miss Blanchard Elected Principal - Growth - Library Building Enlarged - Microscopical Outfit - Seminary Life at the Present Time - Religious History - Teachers who have Gone to Foreign Work - Women Trustees - Change of Stewards - Financial Statements - Endowments Needed - Synopsis of the Present Course of Study, . . . . 

268
CHAPTER XVIII.
STATISTICS.

Table of Attendance by Classes - Averages - Numbers from Different Places . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 

284
CHAPTER XIX.
RESULTS: TESTIMONY OF ALUMNAE.

Christian Culture and Common Sense - One thing Holyoke does not do - It does Train for Usefulness - Influence of the Domestic Feature - Training Appreciated Gradually - Helps in the Work of Life - In Sorrow - Fortifies against Skepticism - Out lives Miss Lyon - Leads to Christ - Strengthens Christians - Cultivates Self-denial - Leaves its Stamp - Endears Private Prayer - Stimulates Interest in Missions - Alumnae Send Daughters to Alma Mater - Gratitude of Loyal Hearts, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

288
CHAPTER XX.
ALUMNAE AT WORK.

Memorandum Records - List of Foreign Missionaries - Alumnae Associations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

318
CHAPTER XXI.
INSTITUTIONS MODELED AFTER MOUNT HOLYOKE SEMINARY.

In Persia - Tahlequah - Ohio - California - Michigan - Turkey -
South Africa - Spain - Japan - Minnesota, . . . . . . . . 

327
CHAPTER XXII.

Catalogue of Trustees - Teachers - Superintendents - Stewards  - Anniversary Speakers - Pastors . . . . . . . . . . . .

348
INDEX.
363
ILLUSTRATIONS.


 
STEEL PLATES.

Seminary and Library, 1 
Seminary Grounds, from Goodnow Park, 82 
Portrait of Mary Lyon, 118 
Lyman Williston Hall, 246 

                        HELIOTYPES.

Bird's-eye View of Seminary and Grounds, Frontispiece.
Birth-place of Mary Lyon, 20
The Parlors, 61
Art Gallery, interior, 103 
Seminary Hall, interior, 132 
Mineralogical Alcove, 147 
Library, interior, 221 
The Observatory, 235 
Equatorial Telescope,259 
Botanical Room, 273 
Zoological Laboratory, 300
Lecture room, Williston Hall, 315 
Ornithological Alcove, 324 

WOOD CUTS.

Birth-place Tablet, 12
Grave of Mary Lyon, 183 

 
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