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Hidden Lives: Exploring Women's History

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July 5–July 18, 2015

This program seeks to engage you in understanding women's history and also in discovering what it was like to be a young woman in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

If you have ever wondered what it would be like to handle Sylvia Plath's and Gloria Steinem's personal papers and get an intimate feel for the time in which they lived, we invite you to join us!

A Typical Day

Your typical day will involve lots of collaboration with Smith faculty, Smith undergraduates who serve as teaching assistants and other high-achieving teenage girls like you.

During the day, you'll move between your classroom and a variety of local sites. On campus, you'll work in the Smith College Archives, which houses one of the world's largest collections of women's history documents. You'll also work in the Smith College Museum of Art, as well as Smith's historic clothing collection, the rare book and manuscript collection and the botanic garden. You'll also take field trips to other locations, including museums, archives and cemeteries.

After Classes

Once classes are over, you'll participate in a variety of activities. You might take a lesson in 19th-century dance, go on a storied ghost walk or join other Smith summer program students for organized athletic and artistic activities.