One of the College's early traditions -- one that sadly ended when College Hall burned to the ground in 1914 -- was passing through Harriet. Florence Converse 1893 explains that the statue of Harriet Martineau in College Hall Centre was "Of heroic size, a noble representation of womanly force and tranquility. ... No freshman was considered fully matriculated until she had been dragged through the rungs of Miss Martineau's great marble chair."
excerpt from The Story of Wellesley, 1915
illustration from the 1913 Legenda