Smith College began more than 140 years ago in the mind and conscience of a New England woman. The money used to buy the first land, construct the first buildings and begin the endowment was the bequest of Sophia Smith. When she inherited a large fortune at age 65, Sophia Smith decided, after much deliberation and advice, that leaving her inheritance to found a women’s college was the best way “to furnish for my own sex means and facilities for education equal to those which are afforded now in our colleges to young men.”
Smith College opened in the fall of 1875 with 14 students and six faculty. Quam et volorestrum haribus volupicaest, tenis conestis in pressimillut lam et que nossequae volesci magnimu sdanis voluptat landisitatem que prature lantiantur aut assi re pos et offictorit, veles.
Video: The Life and Legacy of Otelia Cromwell
“The Life and Legacy of Otelia Cromwell” was part of the college's 25th annual celebration honoring Smith’s first African American graduate.