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Title Monnet Hall Porch - Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, OH
Object Name Transparency, Slide
Place Ohio/Delaware County/City of Delaware/Elizabeth Street
Description Monnet Hall Porch - Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio
Picture taken from a Postcard

Mary Monnett Bain (Mary Monnett; September 21, 1833 in Ohio – July 30, 1885 in Osawatomie, Miami County, Kansas), following her mother's death, came into a very large sum of money. She is known for the construction of Monnett Hall in 1856, a cutting edge, Midwestern 19th century female college, built at a time when many Ohioans still lived in log cabins and most colleges did not accept women or did not provide boarding for them if they wanted to study away from home. The college (and Mary's building - a grand Second Empire styled Victorian building) was absorbed into Ohio Wesleyan University (OWU) after a few decades, but addition upon addition made the building grow to mammoth size. Monnett Hall provided the female dormitory space for all of OWU women students for decades, until it was abandoned in the 1960s and torn down in the late 1970s. Mary Monnett's donation of initial funding for the building provided generations of women with a kind of freedom she herself never enjoyed.
Source: Wikipedia, July 14 2016
Print size 2" x 2"
Catalog Number FIC2016.1.433