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February 19: Barnard's Founder

Annie Nathan Meyer, the key founder of Barnard College, was born on this day in 1867 into an illustrious colonial Sephardic New York family (Emma Lazarus was among her cousins). Although Meyer was an active opponent of women’s suffrage — which brought her into direct conflict with her activist sister, Maud Nathan — she personally […]

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February 18: Mother of Exiles

On this day in 1879, U.S. design patent #11023 was granted to Frederic Auguste Bartholdi of Paris, France for “a female figure standing erect upon a pedestal or block . . . The body is clothed in the classical drapery or stola . . . The right arm is thrown up and stretched out with […]

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