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Vassar Connections Propel Exhibition, Play at NC Art Museum

An exhibition featuring the work of Joseph Christian Leyendecker, a noted 20th century illustrator who produced ads for the company that made Arrow shirts, has triggered a confluence of Vassar connections at Reynolda House Museum of American Art in North Carolina. Allison Slaby ’93 is the exhibition curator. Senior Writer Lance Ringel will present his play about the famed “Arrow Collar Man.” And Suzanne Shapiro ’04, fashion historian for the company that produced the Arrow brand, will deliver a lecture.

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Thanksgiving Feasts of Yesteryear

According to the Vassar Online Encyclopedia, “As the students only had a day off for Thanksgiving, very few chose to leave campus. Emma Logan McCoy described the event to her parents in 1872. Apparently, they ate an elaborate turkey feast at dinner, which was followed by a dance. President Raymond then read “The Merchant of Venice” until eight, when the students went to a reception with the teachers in the president’s parlor where the vocal teachers sang and the instrumental teachers played. The students were served ice cream in the dining hall at the rather late hour of ten-thirty before they were told to go to sleep.”

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