Alice Freeman Palmer Memorial

a look at the history of Wellesley College
In 1870, Henry Fowle Durant and his wife, Pauline Adeline Fowle Durant, chartered Wellesley Female Seminary to be built on their property near Boston. The Durants admired Mount Holyoke Seminary and wanted to base their new institution on the Mount Holyoke model. However, while construction was under way, Henry Durant changed the focus of his institution; he decided instead to create a "Harvard for women." And it was as a college, not a seminary, that Wellesley opened its doors to 314 students on September 8, 1875.

Take a look at the history of Wellesley College through images and texts from the College's past. The links at the top and bottom of each page will take you to different groupings of mementos from the College's past. You can sign the guestbook, visit related web sites, or or email me with the links below. "HOME" will bring you here.

Golly, you're swell!

Have you seen the movie Mona Lisa Smile? Wonder what life at Wellesley was really like? Click here to see images from the 1948 and '49 Wellesley yearbooks.


Copyright 2005 Jennifer K. Mathews. This site is not affiliated with Wellesley College.