Take care of your reading, writing and singing. —Mary Lyon
The renowned educator Mary Lyon (1797 – 1849) was born on a farm in Buckland, Massachusetts. Possessed of a prodigious mind from an early age, she was supported by her family and community in her quest for knowledge. By age seventeen she was a teacher herself, and soon after that a teacher of teachers. While still in her twenties she founded a school in Buckland that rapidly drew perhaps as many as one hundred girls from the surrounding hilltowns. Drawing strength from the hills near Buckland, she fought for and achieved the principle of permanence for an institution of higher learning for women. She established Mount Holyoke Female Seminary (later Mount Holyoke College) in South Hadley, Massachusetts in 1837, creating the first institution of higher learning for women. Many of her pupils became teachers in the one-room schoolhouses of New England, pioneer teachers of the westward expansion or missionaries who traveled as far away as Hawaii and Persia.
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