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Vassar College’s Special Collections Library acquires the lifetime works and papers of internationally renowned artist Werner Pfeiffer

Pfeiffer’s work has been shown in more than 100 group exhibitions and over 75 solo shows internationally. When he began to consider archiving his large body of work and personal papers, Vassar was a natural fit. A long-time resident of New York’s Hudson Valley region, he already had a relationship with Vassar (Pfeiffer’s works were the subject of an exhibition, Re-Examining Books, in 2012, both at the library and at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center)


Thanksgiving Feasts of Yesteryear

According to the Vassar Online Encyclopedia, “As the students only had a day off for Thanksgiving, very few chose to leave campus. Emma Logan McCoy described the event to her parents in 1872. Apparently, they ate an elaborate turkey feast at dinner, which was followed by a dance. President Raymond then read “The Merchant of Venice” until eight, when the students went to a reception with the teachers in the president’s parlor where the vocal teachers sang and the instrumental teachers played. The students were served ice cream in the dining hall at the rather late hour of ten-thirty before they were told to go to sleep.”

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