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      Free Public Walking Tours of Vassar College in Poughkeepsie

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      October 26, 2019

      Saturday  10:00 AM (on various days)

      124 Raymond Ave
      Poughkeepsie, New York 12604-0002

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      Free Public Walking Tours of Vassar College

      Free public walking tours of the architecturally renowned Vassar College campus will be held on five upcoming Saturdays: October 5, 12, 19, 26 and November 2. On each day, tours will begin at 10:00am and 1:00pm from the front entrance of the college’s Main Building, and run for approximately 90 minutes. Highlights will include such historic locations as Main Building, Thompson Memorial Library, and the Vassar Chapel.

      The tour leaders will be Colton Johnson, College Historian and Professor Emeritus of English (10/5), Leslie Offutt, Associate Professor of History (10/12), David “DB” Brown, Retired Dean of Students (10/19), Randolph Cornelius, Professor of Psychological Science (10/26), and Chris Smart ’83, Associate Professor of Chemistry (11/2).

      Tours are held rain or shine, and all ages are invited. To sign up or for more information, please contact the Office of Communications at (845) 437-7400.

      With a design inspired by the Tuileries Palace in Paris, Main was the largest building by square footage in the United States when the college opened for classes in 1865, and it is now a National Historic Landmark. Thompson Memorial Library is consistently named one of the world’s most beautiful libraries and is a leading example of collegiate Gothic architecture. Its stunning and sizable stained-glass window depicts the first woman to receive a doctorate, Elena Lucrezia Cornaro Piscopia, defending her dissertation in 1678. The Vassar Chapel boasts such eye-catching features as stained-glass windows by Louis Comfort Tiffany, an angel-headed hammer beam ceiling, and a massive Gress-Miles organ with 5,710 pipes.

      The Vassar campus is also a designated arboretum. It features over 200 varieties of trees and thousands of plantings all told, so fall colors will abound during the tours.

      Categories: Education | University & Alumni

      This event repeats on various days:

      Event details may change at any time, always check with the event organizer when planning to attend this event or purchase tickets.