Leading Women at Champlain: Patricia Conant

Leading Women, an exhibition on view in Miller Information Commons through April 15, celebrates the achievements of seven women who played essential roles in the development and administration of Champlain College. Among those featured is Patricia (Pat) Conant (1937-2013): A Brooklyn, New York native and mother of two, Conant graduated from the University of Vermont in 1957 with a Bachelor’s […]

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Leading Women at Champlain: Lola Aiken

Leading Women, an exhibition on view in Miller Information Commons through April 15, celebrates the achievements of seven women who played essential roles in the development and administration of Champlain College. Among those featured is former Trustee Lola Pierotti Aiken (1912-2014): The child of Italian immigrants, Lola Aiken grew up in Montpelier, Vermont and was the valedictorian of her […]

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Leading Women at Champlain: Edith Templin

Leading Women, an exhibition on view in Miller Information Commons through April 15, celebrates the achievements of seven women who played essential roles in the development and administration of Champlain College. Among those featured is former faculty member Edith (Eadie) Kyle Templin (1942-2015). Templin grew up in Connecticut and received a B.A. from Smith College and an […]

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Leading Women at Champlain: Elizabeth Durick

Leading Women, a new exhibition celebrating the achievements of seven women who played essential roles in the development and administration of Champlain College, will open in Miller Information Commons on Monday, March 7, 2016 in conjunction with the Women’s Empowerment Initiative. During their lifetimes, the seven women were all leaders, each in their own way, as faculty, staff, and […]

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Style and Sentiment: Victorian Advertising Cards

In the Victorian era, advertising cards exploded in popularity among American businesses and consumers alike. Companies capitalized on new printing technologies, using richly illustrated cards to build brand recognition and convey product information. A fresh and inexpensive method of direct advertising, these cards were distributed free of charge by retailers and snapped up as keepsakes by consumers. A new Special Collections […]

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OCTOBER 4 will mark the 110th anniversary of Grace Goodhue’s marriage to Calvin Coolidge, future President of the United States. Held in the parlor of Grace’s parents’ house on Maple Street in Burlington–now Champlain College’s Goodhue Coolidge House–the wedding was a small affair, with only fifteen family members and close friends attending.

The Goodhue Coolidge house, c. 1899 Coolidge Presidential Library & Museum, Forbes Library, Northampton, MA

The Goodhue Coolidge house, c. 1899
Coolidge Presidential Library & Museum, Forbes Library, Northampton, MA

Mrs. Coolidge later recalled,

The wedding ceremony has seldom united two people of vastly different temperaments and tastes than on the fourth of October, 1905, when Mr. Coolidge and I made our marriage vows standing in the bay window in the parlor of my father’s home. The afternoon sun shone in through the lace curtains and the fragrant clematis which some of my friends had brought in and arranged so that it trailed over the windows.

Calvin and Grace Coolidge's Wedding Invitation, 1905, Champlain College Archives

Calvin and Grace Coolidge’s Wedding Invitation, Champlain College Archives

None of the wedding guests likely realized that eighteen years later, Calvin Coolidge would become president of the United States.

For more on the Coolidges and the history of the Goodhue Coolidge House, view the new exhibition in the Coolidge Reading Room in the Coolidge House at 312 Maple Street.