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HISTORY OF THE MICHIGAN FEMALE COLLEGE

AND A SKETCH OF THE LIFE AND WORK OF MISS A. C. ROGERS BY MRS. ELIZA C. SMITH, 1883


Fourteen years ago this present season, the institution known as the Michigan Female College, occupied the north wing of the building ou the premises, since purchased by the State for the School for the Blind. The school rooms were filled in the hours of study or recitation, with bright, eager, young faces that had taken on no lines of care; and in the hours of recreation and social enjoyment, the halls were alive with the sounds of gayety and mirth from happy girlish hearts. What a contrast to those afflicted children of the State, who now carefully feel their way about the grounds, was that gay company who fluttered about with song and laughter, and all that joyous, ' hopeful eagerness for the future which it is given most of us to experience once in this changeful life of ours. The close of that school year witnessed the usual partings, the usual plans for return and renewed work, on the part of teachers and pupils, plans destined never to be fulfilled. In the interval between the end of the school year and the beginning of a new one, she who was from the first its inspiration, to whose hopefulness and enthusiasm it owed its existence and usefulness, was suddenly called to a higher life, and released from the cares and physical weariness which had often made her earthly life so hard to bear.
To many of the old residents of Lansing, the name of the Michigan Female College is closely associated with recollections of their own history in a new and struggling town; and there are many others, in different parts of the State,. to whom, for various reasons, the name, and all the associations it brings up, must always be specially dear.

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