nineteenth century, the Mount Holyoke Seminary
depended on local rather than global resources.
The waterfront was see as a priceless
commodity, and Mount Holyoke intgrated the economic,
aesthetic, and social possibilities into daily
life as fully as possible.
had many potential uses for the Seminary
community during this time, and Mount Holyoke
was determined to extract as much from the
resource as possible. Hydropower and easier
access to water for domestic use were two
of the most coveted gains. Click here to
read more about technology.
especially, became so imbedded in the local
land that it became their "'Paradise,'"
their archetypal image of the collegiate
experience. Some, however, struggled to
that peppered the land
with this romantic idealism. Click
here to read more about student visions of
beauty of Stony Brook often drew students
to it for strolls and activity. More than
just providing an aesthetic background,
however, the waterfront held at least one
definite social value in its own right:
without supervision. Click
here to read more about this social acitivty.