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Mary LyonJulie Harris restores Mary Lyon to her historic fame as one of America’s leading educational pioneers. From rural Buckland, Massachusetts, Lyon, a gifted student, vowed first to educate herself and then help all able women be educated. She would focus on their “precious time” between girlhood and a teaching career or marriage. Inspired by the model of Amherst College, she took her hopes first to Ipswich Academy near Boston, all the while planning for her dream — the first institution of higher learning for women. Mount Holyoke Seminary opened its doors in South Hadley, Massachusetts, in 1837. As missionary wives or single women, Lyon’s graduates immediately went to China, Japan, the Middle East and Africa as well as to Native Americans and blacks in America’s West and South. Her influence touched, and still touches, the globe (30 min.).


— With Julie Harris
— Producer, Director & Writer – Jean Mudge
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