Revitalized Tradition Honors Legacy of Henry Fowle and Pauline Durant.

April 17, 2013
letters and cards wishing happy founders' day to Wellesley

In commemoration of the 143rd anniversary of Wellesley College’s charter, outgoing College Government President Marjorie Cantine `13, along with members of the College Government President’s Council (CGPC), are reviving an old Wellesley tradition, Founders’ Day.

The reinvigorated event takes place today, April 17, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Tishman Commons and is intended to be a celebration of the legacy of Wellesley College’s founders, Henry Fowle and Pauline Durant.

Wellesley’s past, present, and future will be celebrated through artwork, artifacts, and old photographs that have been collected over the college’s history. Birthday cards, sent in by alumnae and trustees from around the world, will be on display, and students will be able to share their own best wishes for Wellesley’s future at the event.

Several departments, including Economics, Biology, Geosciences, and the President’s Office, have contributed artifacts to be displayed at the event.

The Office of Resources has generously contributed a birthday cake for the event. The Wellesley College Chamber Singers will lead the community in Wellesley’s Alma Mater and Happy Birthday. Cake and song are scheduled for 7:45 p.m.

Wellesley College was chartered on March 17, 1870—a date that, in 2013, conflicted with Wellesley’s spring break. This 143rd (+ one month) birthday party for Wellesley was made possible by SOFC, CLCE, and the Wilson Lectures, the Office of Resources, the President’s Office, and the Alumnae Association.

Happy Birthday, Wellesley!