The author writes that the founding of Connecticut College in 1911 deserves its own attention, and that as a historian of education, she could tell the story while setting it within a wider context of higher education. She takes us through the founding, adding a wide-angle perspective, and ends with a speculation on why this story seems so less present than it should be in the daily life of this campus. What does the Centennial mean for how Connecticut College understands its past and its present? What value is there in examining its history bit by bit over the course of this wonderful year of recognition? . . . "we must use the strength of the past as a base for constructing the future. There is much power in this history, and I am delighted that we are focusing our lens on it."
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Eisenmann '75, Linda, "Centennial Founders Day Keynote Address: Refocusing Our Lens: The Founding of Connecticut College in Historical Context" (2011). Centennial Speeches. Paper 1.
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