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A tantalizing item...

One of those little snippets of history that one occasionally comes across...

While sorting materials (getting better organized is the New Year's resolution for the archives!) we ran across a Brockport Collegiate Institute "commencement" program from 1851. The school was an academy then, not a college, so it was not yet granting a bachelor's degree (that would not actually come until 1942). But the school was an active and progressive place, and evidence of that is the portion of the program pictured here, a "Ladies Colloquy" on "Woman's Rights." One wishes that the text of this had been preserved, or a newspaper report, but unfortunately we do not have that. This would have only been several years of course after the historic Women's Rights convention in Seneca Falls in 1848.


Charlie Cowling, ccowling@brockport.edu


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