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Hidden Lives: Exploring Women's History

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July 10–23, 2016

Archives are filled with secrets. Sometimes they emerge from a letter no one has touched in 100 years. Sometimes they appear in dim photographs unearthed from a jumble of papers. Sometimes they speak from the most personal or mundane of objects: a grocery list, a pair of eyeglasses, a lock of hair.

In Hidden Lives: Discovering Women's History, you will have the exciting opportunity to experience the Smith College Archives over the course of two weeks. Smith College has fascinating and unique collections that offer rare insights into women's history. To ensure a personalized experience and optimal time for exploration, participants may be split into two groups once they arrive on campus.

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 take field trips to other locations, including museums, archives and cemeteries.