In 1844, a small gymnasium was built between Seminary Hall and the Boarding House (Old Metcalf Hall). It is believed to be the first freestanding gymnasium built at any women’s college in the U.S. In 1878, Mrs. Wheaton donated the… Read More »
1844 - 1878First Gymnasium
1850 - 1876Caroline Cutler Metcalf
Mrs. Caroline Cutler Metcalf was one of the few truly historically influential members of the Wheaton community. Hired in 1850, at age 41, to replace Margaret Mann, she remained at Wheaton for 26 years, providing superior leadership until 1876.
Professor J. Lewis Diman, D.D., Professor of History and Political Economy at Brown University, gave the Commencement address.
The Wheaton Seminary Alumnae Association held its first meeting after graduation exercises on July 13. Mrs. Metcalf was elected the association’s first President. Plans for the association were formulated in 1869 by the Class of 1870.
The Reverend Albert Hale Plumb, D.D., of Chelsea, Massachusetts, gave the Commencement speech. An alumna would later write, “We shall never forget Dr. Plumb’s impressive messages to us on Commencement days. He taught us how to live, and I say… Read More »
Mrs. Metcalf tutors Harry Cobb, son of the Steward and Horsemanship teacher. He is the first of about ten young Norton men who enroll during the period of 1872 to 1878, to prepare themselves for admission to college. None of… Read More »
The Rev. Alfred Emerson (1812-1896) served as Wheaton Seminary Trustee from 1872 to 1893 and Treasurer from 1880 to 1891. He and his wife were among Eliza Baylies Wheaton’s closest friends and advisors. Emerson provided fundamental leadership for the Seminary… Read More »
The Reverend George Harris of Providence, Rhode Island spoke at Commencement. The Rev. Dr. George Harris, D.D., LL.D. (1844 – 1922) was born in East Machias, Maine, graduated from Amherst College in 1866 and from Andover Theological Seminary in 1869,… Read More »
Annie Austin Emerson, W1871, taught in the mathematics and English branches in 1873 and 1875-76.
Reverend E.B. Webb of Boston, Massachusetts, offered the Commencement address.
A program of continuing education through home study is offered to alumnae in the subjects of literature, history, natural science, music, and drawing.
1874 - 1917Observatory/ Cheese Box
In 1874, to celebrate the Seminary’s 40th Anniversary, Mrs. Wheaton purchased a 4″ refracting telescope (which is in the Archives) from the famed London firm of John Browning. Local workmen built a small observatory to house it.
Reverend Alexander Twombly of Boston, Massachusetts speaks at Commencement.
Student, Amelia Pond compiles a list of “Rules and Regulations of Wheaton Seminary,” which can be considered typical of seminary life.
Alumnae raise money for scholarships for the first time, establishing an endowment of $10,000 in honor of Principal Caroline Cutler Metcalf’s 25th anniversary.
1876 - 1879Ellen M. Haskell
Named the 8th official principal of Wheaton in 1876, Miss Haskell brought a different approach and demeanor to the school. Students remembered her as a “Christian Gentlewoman,” carrying herself with elegance and charm.
Reverend Michael Burnham of Fall River, Massachusetts speaks at Commencement.
Reverend John L. Withrow speaks at Commencement.
Reverend Daniel Merriman Pastor emeritus of Worcester, Massachusetts speaks at Commencement.
A traveling photographer visits Norton, taking numerous pictures of Wheaton buildings and students’ room.