Free walking tours of Vassar College history to be offered on four Saturdays (4/21, 5/5, 5/12, 5/26).

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – Free walking tours of the historic Vassar College campus will be held on April 21, May 5, May 12, and May 26 at both 10:00am and 1:00pm on each day. The April 21 and May 5 tours will be led by Colton Johnson, Dean Emeritus of the College and Professor Emeritus of English. Psychology professor Randy Cornelius will lead the May 12 tours and will co-lead the May 26 tours with chemistry professor Chris Smart, a Vassar alumnus. All tours will begin at the front entrance to the college’s Main Building, and will be held rain or shine.

To sign-up for a tour contact Allyce Braddy in the Office of Communications at or (845) 437-7400.

Highlights will include Main Building and the Judith Loeb Chiara ’49 Center at the Maria Mitchell Observatory, two structures on the National Register of Historic Places. Main was the largest building in the United Sates when the college opened for classes in 1865, and the Tuileries Palace in Paris inspired its design. The observatory was completed in 1864 for the preeminent astronomer Maria Mitchell, the first faculty member Vassar hired. The tours will also include the Vassar Chapel and the college's Thompson Memorial Library, which is renowned both for its collegiate gothic architecture and its large Lady Cornaro stained glass window.

The Vassar campus is also a designated arboretum that’s home to over 200 different varieties of trees and thousands all told, so spring colors will be flourishing.

Vassar College strives to make its events, performances, and facilities accessible to all. Individuals with disabilities requiring special accommodations must contact the Office of Campus Activities at least 48 hours in advance of an event, Mondays-Fridays, at (845) 437-5370. Without sufficient notice, appropriate space/and or assistance may not be available. For detailed information about accessibility to specific campus facilities, search for “campus accessibility information” on the Vassar homepage ( 

Vassar College is located at 124 Raymond Avenue in Poughkeepsie, NY, and directions to the campus can be found at

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential, liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Sunday, April 1, 2012