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Lucinda Darling Colman (1835-1930) was one of three women in the first class to graduate from Lawrence University in 1857. She wrote this account of her life in her late eighties and nineties, from about 1920 to 1930. In this work, she recalls Lawrence in its earliest days, including memories of classes and student activities, the Academy building fire in 1857, and the first Commencement ceremony. She also recounts her family history; her childhood in Brockport, New York and Racine, Wisconsin; her marriage to Henry Colman and raising their four children; and her extensive travels around the country from 1906 to 1923. Her travels included a trip to California that coincided with the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 as well as trips to the eastern United States, during which she saw Andrew Carnegie speak and met President Taft.

Henry Colman, also a Lawrence graduate of 1857, was a Methodist minister and a Lawrence trustee from 1871 until his death in 1927. Both he and Lucinda remained actively involved in supporting Lawrence throughout their lives. Colman Hall, constructed in 1956, was named in honor of Lucinda.




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Typewritten manuscript owned, and scanned copy provided, by the Seattle Public Library.

For more information about Lucinda Darling Colman, see the Colman Family Collection in the University Archives.

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