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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

During the fourteen years of its existence, the Michigan Female College was. to Lansing a recognized social and educational power, whose far reaching influence it is not easy to estimate. In those early years of the history of the town, society was necessarily in a crude condition. The capitol city now so accessible from every part of the State, was separated from the outside world by long, wearisome stage rides, so that amusements or public entertainments were rarely enjoyed. Even the eastern Lyceum lecturers, anxious to impart something from their stores of information to their rude western brethren, were apt to be discouraged after having once encountered the terrors of the corduroy roads, or the heavy Michigan clay, and to resolve to postpone further missionary efforts in this direction till railroad facilities could be offered them. There are many still resident in Lansing, and many scattered in widely different directions who will remember how much was done at the college to supply this lack of agreeable and profitable entertainment, and who will acknowledge themselves indebted to the hospitality of those homelike parlors not only for many happy hours, but also for a higher ideal of social pleasures, and for the awakening a taste for intellectual enjoyment, and a desire for improvement that might otherwise have lain dormant. The number of pupils residing in the building was usually about twenty-five with perhaps twice that number of day pupils from different parts of the town. The aims of the school, as I have already suggested, were high, and sometimes beyond attainment.

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