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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Mount Holyoke College

When Baby Houseman and Neil Kellerman are introduced, the following dialogue takes place.
Max Kellerman
Doc, I want you to meet someone. My grandson Neil -- goes to the Cornell School of Hotel Management.

Jake Houseman
Baby's starting Mount Holyoke in the fall.

Neil Kellerman
Oh, great. .... Are you going to major in English?

Baby Houseman
No -- economics of underdeveloped countries. I'm going into the Peace Corps.
Neil assumed that Baby would major in English because Mount Holyoke College was famous especially for the female writers who had studied there. Those who graduated before 1963 included the following:
Emily Dickinson, (attended 1847-1848) - poet

Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman, (attended 1870-1871) - novelist and short story writer

Anne W. Armstrong, (attended 1890–1892) - novelist

Caroline Henderson, 1901 - Dust Bowl author

Alice Geer Kelsey, 1918 - writer, children's literature

Charlotte Wilder, 1919 - poet

Kathryn Irene Glascock, 1922 - poet

Constance McLaughlin Green, 1925 (Master's degree) - historian who won the 1963 Pulitzer Prize for History for Washington, Village and Capital, 1800-1878

Roberta Teale Swartz, 1925 - poet

Virginia Hamilton Adair, 1933 - poet

Janet Huntington Brewster, 1933 - writer and radio broadcaster

Martha Whitmore Hickman, 1947 - non-fiction author

Jean Rikhoff, 1948 - author

Nancy McKenzie, 1948 - Arthurian legend author

Martha Henissart, 1950 - mystery author writing under the pen-name of Emma Lathen with Mary Jane Latsis

Nancy Bauer (Nancy Luke), 1956 - non-fiction author

Elizabeth Topham Kennan, 1960 - author writing under the pen-name of Clare Munnings with Jill Ker Conway
A view of the campus of Mount Holyoke College
Another view of the campus of Mount Holyoke College
Some students of Mount Holyoke College in 1963 
Graduation Day in 1963
Martin Luther King visiting the college in October 1963
The cast of a play, "Once Upon a Park", performed in 1963.
(Click on the image to enlarge it.) 
Students eating milk and crackers in 1963
A Pinterest page provides many more pictures of the college and students.

The Wikipedia article about Mount Holyoke College includes the following passages:
Mount Holyoke College is a liberal arts college for women in South Hadley, Massachusetts. It was the first member of the Seven Sisters colleges, and it served as a model for some of the others. Mount Holyoke is part of the Pioneer Valley's Five College Consortium, along with Amherst College, Smith College, Hampshire College, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

The school was founded in 1837 by Mary Lyon as Mount Holyoke Female Seminary. Mary Lyon had previously founded Wheaton Female Seminary (now Wheaton College) in Norton, Massachusetts, in 1834. Mount Holyoke received its collegiate charter in 1888 as Mount Holyoke Seminary and College and became Mount Holyoke College in 1893. ...

Mount Holyoke's buildings were designed between 1896 and 1960. It has a Donald Ross-designed 18-hole golf course, The Orchards, which served as host to the U.S. Women's Open in 2004. U.S. News and World Report lists Mount Holyoke as the 35th best liberal arts college in the United States in its 2016 rankings. In 2011–2012, Mount Holyoke was one of the nation's top producers of Fulbright Scholars, ranking fourth among bachelor's institutions ...

Mount Holyoke's founder, Mary Lyon, is considered by many scholars to have been an innovator in the area of women's education. Her establishment of Mount Holyoke Female Seminary was part of a larger movement to create institutions of higher education for young women during the first half of the 19th century. ...  Mount Holyoke Female Seminary was originally chartered as a teaching seminary in 1836 and opened its doors to students on 8 November 1837. Both Vassar College and Wellesley College were patterned after Mount Holyoke.

From its founding in 1837, Mount Holyoke Female Seminary "had no religious affiliation". However, "students were required to attend church services, chapel talks, prayer meetings, and Bible study groups. Twice a day teachers and students spent time in private devotions. Every dorm room had two large lighted closets to give roommates privacy during their devotions".

Mount Holyoke Female Seminary was the sister school to Andover Seminary. Some Andover graduates looked to marry students from the Mount Holyoke Female Seminary before becoming missionaries because the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (ABCFM) required its missionaries to be married before starting their missions. By 1859 there were more than 60 missionary alumnae; by 1887 the school's alumnae comprised one-fifth of all female American missionaries for the ABCFM; and by the end of the century, 248 of its alumnae had entered the mission field. ....

The following video is not dated, but it looks like it was made at the end of the 1950s or beginning of the 1960s.

The following video shows Mount Holyoke College's dance facilities.

The following video, made in 2014, shows some students dancing in the cafeteria.


The movie Animal House was released in the same year 1978 as Dirty Dancing. Animal House takes place in 1962, and Dirty Dancing takes place in 1963.

In one part of Animal House, four members of the slovenly Delta Tau Chi fraternity attempt to seduce four prim and proper but gullible students at "Emily Dickinson College" (i.e. Mount Holyoke College).

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