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Sites of Memory:

Recalling History Through Authorship and Tradition

 

A group of Mount Holyoke students enjoy a picnic at the Pepper Box, which was located atop Prospect Hill ca. 1888 Courtesy of MHC Archives (1)

 
 
 

Since its founding in 1837, Mount Holyoke has made lasting impressions on its students. The campus has expanded and evolved over the years, due, in large part, to societal and environmental changes. However, though elements of the campus seem to change with each passing day, people are still able to remember their own personal Mount Holyoke, in the way that they experienced it.

Traditions have always been an important part of life at Mount Holyoke College. Many of these traditions are directly tied to a specific place on campus. These are the traditions that solidify personal memories of a certain place and time.This personal experience is the result of personal interaction and relationships with the landscape. There are specific places on the Mount Holyoke campus that are associated with the preservation of memory.

May of these places continue to be frequented by students today. The formal and informal traditions associated with these existing places still exist in some form, and are still associated with these memorable places on campus.

Other places have since been lost. These lost sites are important, because they currently only exist through memory. The memories associated with these places are highly valued, because they are able to preserve places exactly how they existed in a single time and place.

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This page was created by Alexandra Toomey '08 in History 283, Spring Semester 2006 -aetoomey@mtholyoke.edu