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  Mountain Day 1898
Freshman Mountain Day 1898 (MHC Archives and Special Collections)

Lucy Goodale, class of 1841, recorded her experience of the College's first Mountain Day in the fall of 1838. Below are excerpts from her notebook.

"The sun had just merged above the eastern hills, tingeing their tops with his ruddy rays while every blade of grass glistened with tears of dew as if overjoyed at his approach, when ten or twelve carriages stopped before the door."

Mountain Day 1912
(MHC Archives and Special Collections)

Soon, she continued, the carriages were "filled and a large party set out on a long anticipated ride to Mount Holyoke." The carriages discharged passengers at the base of the mountain, and the party ascended on foot.

"The path was steep and rugged, in some places almost perpendicular and [in] others like a winding flight of stairs…. When we had gained the summit, a cooling breeze swept over the mountain, and fanned our heated brows."

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