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A Rough Draft in Stone, 1872-1895

This student-organized exhibition explores the earliest years of Bryn Mawr College from its conception in 1872 and the laying of its foundations in 1879, to its opening in 1885 and through its first decade of operation. It considers the motives and philosophies of the white Quaker men and women who brought the College into being. These earliest years were marked by contestation and compromise, as competing visions shaped the physical and conceptual landscape of the College.

CONTENT WARNING: This exhibition contains imagery and language that relates to issues of white supremacy, colonialism, imperialism, racism, ableism, misogyny, classism, antisemitism, and transphobia.  We acknowledge the effort required to engage with this exhibition, but believe that this work is necessary to change the way we understand the college’s past and present. We thank you for your contributions to this ongoing project.