Sepia Saturday challenges bloggers to share family history through old photographs.
This week’s Sepia Saturday prompt is the college dorm complete with pennants. Here is a “new and improved” version of a post I did in June 2012 featuring dorm life at Harrisonburg Teacher’s College in 1924 (now James Madison University – Go DUKES!).
Most college students will agree that the first year dorm experience generates the strongest memories about leaving home and living on campus. My grandaunt Velma Davis (later Woodring) was going to college in an exciting time. The young president Samuel P. Duke had been on the job for just a few years, and he was building new classrooms and dorms as fast as he could find the money. When faced with a housing crisis, he sought additional funds for more dorms but was denied. However, Mr. Duke was a clever man. He convinced a doctor in town to build an apartment building so that HTC could rent the entire place to house over 60 students. And so Wellington Hall came to be home for Velma in 1924-25.
South Main Street, Harrisonburg, Virginia 1924
Wellington was located on South Main Street across from campus.
|Velma appears to be reading|
Dorm life in the 1920s
Quiet hours were from 7:00-10:00 on weekday nights and 2:00-4:00 on Sunday afternoons.
It was "Lights out" at 10:30 each night. As a result many girls studied by flashlight under their covers or in the bathroom.
Visiting during study hours required permission from the House chairman.
dressed in her "unmentionables"
doing the unmentionable -- smoking!
No smoking PERIOD – not on campus, not when away for the weekend, not when traveling to and from campus. (I wonder how they monitored that!)
Students had to be ON campus by 6:00 p.m. every day.
Students had to wear hats if they went into the business section of town.
|Leta got the top bunk.|
Three girls shared a room.
If walking a mile from campus, students had to be in groups of 3 or more.
There was no riding in an automobile except with parents, a faculty member, or a woman.
Students could not leave campus on Sunday except to go to church.
|Velma captioned this photo:|
In old room 17
Dates were received in the reception room of Alumnae Hall.
Men had to be on an approved list to date HTC girls.
In 1947, the college finally purchased Wellington Hall. Over the years it served as a dorm, as faculty housing, and finally as administrative offices. In the 1970s, “house mothers” were no longer required in dormitories, so Wellington Hall became the retirement home of the last of those elderly mother-figures who scrutinized the gentlemen callers and offered a sympathetic ear to homesick freshmen. Then in 2006, after 82 years of service, Wellington was razed to make room for the new performing arts building.
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