A college student begs for cookies from home in 1867

Sixty-year-old version of letters written home by modern college girl

The complaints and comments heard from college students in the nineteenth century do not sound all that different from those heard today. Students wrote home about teachers and classes, looked forward to school breaks, and begged for care-packages filled with goodies from home. Opportunities for women to attain higher education began to increase in the mid-nineteenth century. Wisconsin was home to several female colleges (in addition to co-ed universities), including the Wisconsin Female College which opened its doors in 1855. These letters, written by a young woman from Ripon in 1867, reaffirm the old adage that the more things change, the more they stay the same.

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Creator: Milwaukee Journal
Pub Data: Milwaukee Journal. 8 April 1934.
Citation: "Sixty-year-old version of letters written home by modern college girl." Milwaukee Journal. (8 April 1934). Online facsimile at:  http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/search.asp?id=1132; Visited on: 5/13/2021