"On seeing a picture...": The College at Brockport

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"On seeing a picture..."

A young Brockport poet of the 19th century.

Eugenia Peckham Hartwell attended Brockport in its early days as a private academy. She was close with two women instructors here, Clara Thurston and Mary Mortimer, both of whom were beginning long careers as pioneers in higher education for women. Eugenia was a literary person, and wrote a good deal of poetry and prose, largely unpublished in her lifetime. After her early death during childbirth in 1854, family members published a small memorial volume of her work, which is held in the special collections of the library. Attached is a file with a poem of hers, some more biographical information, and an image of the school in the 1840s.



Charlie Cowling, ccowling@brockport.edu


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