December 2014 Articles

The Light of Learning

October 26, 2014, marked the 128th time Bryn Mawr’s upperclasswomen welcomed first-year students with the light of learning in our oldest tradition, Lantern Night.

The class of 1890 was the first to receive lanterns in an unplanned ceremony, perhaps stemming from the use of lanterns to hunt earthworms for biological specimens. Early on, Lantern Night took place on Denbigh Green but in 1909 moved to the Cloisters.

We thought it would be fun to look back at the various lantern designs in the College collection, which can be found on the third-floor landing of Canaday. Many thanks to Archivist and keeper of all things Bryn Mawr, Lorett Treese ’73 and to our models: Serena Dunlap ’16, Jenna Myers ’14, Natalie Zamora ’14, and Diana Campeggio. Photographs by Kate McCann.

 

1899 – Believed to be the oldest in the collection.

1899 – Believed to be the oldest in the collection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Undated

Undated

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1905

1905

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1906

1906

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1915

1915

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1919

1919

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1920

1920

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1926

1926

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1932

1932

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1936-– Until 1938, each class had a different design.

1936-– Until 1938, each class had a different design.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1939 – This design became the standard.

1939 – This design became the standard.

Comments on “The Light of Learning”

  1. Beautiful! My finally and utterly fell apart. How do I get another one, dark blue?

  2. Hi Diana — replacement lanterns can be obtained through the Bookstore by calling 610-526-5323.

  3. I love this article. The historic lanterns are fantastic. Not that I don’t love mine (I’m class of ’86 and my color is dark blue) but some of the other designs are really wonderful. Thanks so much for sharing them with us. 🙂

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