Scavenger Hunt & Instagram Challenge

50th Anniversary of Coeducation scavenger hunt
October 26, 2020 6:00 AM–October 30, 2020 11:59 PM

In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Coeducation at Union, Schaffer Library is presenting a scavenger hunt / Instagram challenge, with a $50 prize winner!


The hunt begins October 26th and ends October 30th at midnight (12:00 a.m.).


In order to be considered for the prize drawing, you must complete the following numbered instructions. For each, upload your photo to Instagram and tag @SchafferLibrary and include the hashtag #UnionWomenHH

  1. The Faculty Women’s Club was started in the 1920s as a means for the wives of faculty members to engage with each other socially and plan campus events, and the Club existed until 1976 when it was disbanded. The club members met on the second floor of Hale House. Take a picture of yourself outside of Hale House.
  2. Anne Perkins, sometimes called “the Dutchess,” was the wife of Maurice Perkins, a faculty member. Her daughter Rose Perkins was involved in the women’s suffrage movement. In 1866, Mrs. Perkins started a garden for vegetables and flowers which is now called Mrs. Perkins Garden. Where is it located? Take a photograph of yourself there.
  3. Julia Benedict spent her life at Union College and, according to the Encyclopedia of Union College, was known to fire shots to scare away trespassers in Jackson’s Garden. She was the daughter of faculty member Isaac Jackson, namesake of Jackson’s Garden, and a friend of Anne Perkins. Take a photograph of yourself in Jackson’s Garden.
  4. The modern dance program was started in 1969 by Gail George, who was a modern dance therapist and wife of Professor Carl George. Take a photograph or video of yourself doing a dance move in or near the dance studio.
  5. The first woman to earn tenure and become the first full professor in 1973 at the College was Ruth Anne Evans, who was a librarian. Take a photograph of yourself in the library.
  6. Professor Deirdre Hill Butler was the first Woman of Color to earn tenure at Union College. She is, among many other things, affiliated with the Africana Studies Department which is located in Lippman Hall. Take a photograph of yourself there.
  7. Catherine Lorillard Wolfe was a philanthropist in New York City, and her donation to Union College in 1877 established its first collection in the art department. Take a photograph of yourself in front of a work of art there.

Good luck!


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