Special Collections & Archives Exhibit – All Together Now: Social Gatherings in Bowdoin History


Now on view in the Hawthorne-Longfellow Library is a new exhibit curated by Special Collections & Archives student assistant Laura Hernandez ’17.

All Together Now: Social Gatherings in Bowdoin History explores the traditions of Ivies, the Thorndike Oak, Anna Lytica, and Phi Chi and displays objects found in the College Archives.

The exhibit will be on display through April 2016 and is located on the third floor of H-L.

Ivy Hop Dance Cards

While doing some research on Bowdoin Traditions, I came across these elegant and memorable objects that were a big part of the Ivy Dance. These were dance cards used by young women during the Ivy dance dating back to the 1800s. It was customary for women to carry their dance cards with them and write the names of their prospective partners next to a chosen song. They are beautiful symbols of a different Bowdoin. Today, the Ivies tradition is celebrated with concerts that unite the entire school allowing that all its students be part of the largest dance card ever – Laura Hernandez ’17


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