Mary Lyon's Grave

[Tomb of Mary Lyon]

History

This is located in the heart of the Grove, in front of Porter Hall and behind the Amphitheatre. To see another view, skip over to the stereoview page.

The Images

All cards are available with both front and back scans, and comments about what is written on the front or back, either by the user or by the publisher, are included below.

Tomb of Mary Lyon
front "Tomb of Mary Lyon, Mt. Holyoke College, South Hadley, Mass."
back Divided back, postmarked Aug 30, 1909 10am in South Hadley. #61226 Published by Glesmann Bros., South Hadley, Mass. Printed in Germany. "got you[r] card glad to hear from you. tell Jeanie McGoaun to ans. my letter please. Loretta Stanley So. Hadly [sic] Mass. c/o Mrs. Luvs.[?]"

The Grave of Mary Lyon
front "The Grave of Mary Lyon, Mount Holyoke College."
back Divided back, unused. "The City" Post Cards. From photographs made by The Maynard Workshop, Waban, Mass.

The Grove and Mary Lyon Tomb
front "The Grove and Mary Lyon Tomb, Mount Holyoke College. South Hadley, Mass."
back Divided back, unused. Published by R. A. Glesmann, South Hadley, Mass, and The Albertype Co., Brooklyn, NY.

Grave of Mary Lyon
front "Grave of Mary Lyon, Mount Holyoke College. South Hadley, Mass."
back Divided back, unused. The Albertype Co., Brooklyn, NY.

Mary Lyon Memorial
front Untitled photo of the gravesite
back Divided back, postmarked Jun 6, 1973, am in Ocean Bluff, MA 02065. "Mary Lyon Memorial Mt. Holyoke College South Hadley, Mass. Mary Lyon, founder of Mt. Holyoke College is honored in memoriam by each senior class at commencement time, when a Laurel Chain carried by the entire class in white gowns, is draped on her grave." Color photo by Bob Grenier. #MA-1362 Published by Bromley and Company, Inc., Boston 16, Mass. No ZIP code on the Boston address implies this card is pre-1963. "Hi, you really will have to get to Alum. College some time. Helen, Marion & I had a good time. The weather wasn't like last year, the whole spring isn't so good. The heat is on tonight. Hope you can get down. M. I. L." Addressed to Harriet Harwood.

Mount Holyoke
front "Mount Holyoke" Lovely photo of the gravesite in autumn.
back Divided back, unused. "Mount Holyoke College Mary Lyon's Grave South Hadley, Massachusetts. Mount Holyoke is an independent, liberal arts institution for women located in the Connecticut River Valley of Massachusetts. Founded by Mary Lyon in 1837 when education for women was a revolutionary idea, Mount Holyoke is the oldest continuing institution of higher education for women in the country." Copyright by Impact. Designed and distributed in the USA. Printed in Japan. #17456 G-3480 Recycled paper.
back Same front, same text on reverse, different design. Produced by Photografx Worldwide in 2001.

Mary Lyon's Gravesite
front Untitled real photo postcard of Mary Lyon's gravesite.
back Divided back, postmarked Jun 8, 1953 7am in South Hadley. "This is a monument to Mary Lyon, founder of Mt. Holyoke. We rush from one thing to another all nice. Take Joan to train Mon. night at 11. Vesper service tonight and Lake Canoe Serenade - Seniors in Canoes & on shore, singing. Love D."

Mary Lyon's Grave
front "Mary Lyon's Grave, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Mass."
back Divided back, stamp box, postally unused, but a newspaper article is attached: "The Epitaph of Mary Lyon. In the grounds of Mount Holyoke seminary, overlooking the beautiful valley through which the Connecticut flows seaward, is a monument to Mary Lyon, the Massachusetts teacher who founded the college. On it is inscribed a sentence of her own. 'There is nothing in the universe that I am afraid of but that I shall not know and do all my duty.'" #B6077 Published by A. S. Kinney, So. Hadley, Mass. Made in Germany. An Excelsior Card.