Photo of the Week

1902

Meet Miss 1902:

Dr. Mary Lynch Johnson said that the class members all wore white for Class Day, but the dresses were not all alike. This dress, with long skirt, long sleeves, and high collar, is typical of the style in 1902. The College was chartered in 1891 as Baptist Female University and graduated the first two classes, 1902 and 1903, under that name.  To view the virtual doll gallery online, please click here.  _______________________________________________________________

You and your family are invited to join the Meredith College Young Alumnae for an afternoon tea and doll tour in the Johnson Hall Rotunda on Sunday, April 28th from 2-4pm. The event will begin with a seated tea, which will include light refreshments, followed by a guided tour of the Margaret Bright Doll Collection. A representative from the Meredith College Archives will be present to share the history of the doll collection and answer any questions. Children are encouraged to bring their dolls to share their own stories.

There is no cost for the event, but space is limited, so please RSVP to alumnae@meredith.edu by April 23rd to reserve your seat.  When submitting you RSVP please include the names and ages of your guests!

Meet Alice Jo Oliver!

August 21, 2008
Dear Journal,
When my grandmother gave me this journal for graduation and told me that just like when she was at Meredith, I would want to record all of my memories and experiences before I forgot, I accepted it graciously but thought “I’m never going to take the time to write in this”.  But here I am, one week into my college experience and I feel this overwhelming need to record all the amazing things that have happened just in this short period of time.  When my parents and I brought my first boxes of things up to my new dorm room I was overwhelmed by the brightly colored and glittery signs covering everyone’s doors with pictures of daisies and rings, teacups and angel wings.  I couldn’t help but smile when I got to my door and was greeted with a beautiful sign of my own, complete with illustrations of all the wonderful traditions yet to come, signed with love from my big sis. Just this small gesture eased some of the anxiety I was feeling about being on my own.  I’ve only been here a week and already I feel like this is home.  How strange is it that just a week ago five of us sat in the parlor homesick and missing our families?  In a way, it feels like that was just a dream and we have finally woken up amongst friends, in a place that feels comfortably like home.  Sometimes I wish I could rewind my life and go back to move-in day so that I could take it all in with the serenity I feel now.  But I guess that is part of the journey to get where I am… and where I’m going….where we are all going.
I promise to write again soon, my grandmother would be so proud!
Love Always,
Alice

November 6, 2009
My second Cornhuskin’ has gone by in a flash and it felt just as exciting as the first!  I can’t believe how many weeks we spent practicing and how I learned all those dances AND somehow remembered all the words to the Canterbury Tales at the same time!  When my mom bought me a set of pots and pans for cooking mac-and-cheese in the parlor I bet she never thought I was going to be banging them together, dressed in all black as I ran down the halls of Heilman with the rest of my class! Our theme for Cornhuskin’ was Night in the Rotunda; kind of like Night in the Museum except all the dolls come to life.  After the parade we serenaded our Big Sis class at the rotunda and even though almost everyone began to tear up, they were happy tears.   My big sis has been such a huge part of my first two years and although I’ll miss her when she leaves, I can’t wait to get a little of my own.  All my old high school friends think I’m crazy when I tell them we stayed up until 2am the night before practicing our dance to Thriller in the parking lot!  Of course, everyone here understands…further proof that this is the place I am meant to be.  Although my body may never fully recover, all of those late-night practices truly paid off….our Thriller routine was incredible!  Actually, everything about tonight was incredible.  Our song, our skit, our costumes, and winning 2nd place!  I’m not sure we’ll be able to top how amazing this year was but I can’t wait to try next fall!
XOXO,
Alice

October 22nd, 2010
I never understood the hundreds of pictures the classes before me would take holding up their hands to sport that shiny black ring until I put mine on tonight.   I finally carry with me a symbol of my sisters distinguishing us as an elite group of women all bound by the spirit of Meredith.  As I stepped out of the elevator onto the top floor of the Capital City Club I felt as if I had been immediately transformed into the glamorous and sophisticated women that this ring would distinguish me as. Elegant and glittering decorations only added to the magic of the night that truly become evident when we stopped to watch the firework display from the fair over the Raleigh skyline.  It truly had become a magical night at the top.  When I slid my ring from its box and onto my right hand I felt connected not only with everyone else in my class, but also with the generations of women who had come before me.  I long for the day when someone recognizes me as a Meredith woman by ring as I have heard other graduates speak of time and time again.  This ring represents everything I have worked for and everything I will become later in life; while other jewelry has and will be a gift from others and will represent different milestones in life, this ring will be with me always and forever remind me of long days spend studying under the oak trees, of giant corns parading down the front drive, of searching through bushes for a crooked stick, and of the sisterhood I share with thousands of other women.
With love always,
Alice

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When we met last June to start planning we immediately agreed upon two things: her name, and that what we wanted her to represent first and foremost was how classic and timeless our class is.  We chose Alice to represent not only the Alice in Wonderland tradition that we experienced this year but also to represent all of the traditions that have been so important to our class during our time here.  Jo is, of course, in honor of our 8th president, Dr. Joe Allen.  And Oliver was chosen to celebrate our original class advisor Amanda Oliver, who led our class for three years with enthusiasm and lots of love.

As many of you know, the class doll was traditionally dressed in a white class day dress in which everyone had the same style.  At some point that tradition changed to include more current styles and lots of accessories.  We wanted to combine both the past and present in that we would represent the style of our class and our graduating year but that we would bring the tradition back to its roots.  This year was especially monumental in that Meredith welcomed our 8th President, Dr. Jo Allen.  Coinciding with Dr. Allen’s vision for the college and the theme for the inaugural ceremony, Remembering our Roots and Extending our Reach, we wanted this doll to embody our class, Dr. Allen, and the point of history that Meredith is at right now.

Like the first class dolls to be added to the cases in Johnson hall, Alice Jo Oliver is wearing a white class day dress and will be presented not with accessories and symbolic objects, but by herself.  Her only belonging besides her ensemble is her journal.  You just heard entries from her first three years at Meredith and as you might imagine, she has one more to write before we graduate that you will hear at class day.

In addition to thanking Dr. Jo Allen and Amanda Oliver for the influence and support they have had in our class, we would also like to recognize and thank Brandon Stokes and Meredith Moody for stepping in and helping our class finish out our senior year strong.  The class of 2012 exemplifies the traditions of Meredith and we hope you love Alice as much as we do.

-Christina Mendenhall and Emily Pappas, Class of 2012 Class Doll co-chairs

Alice Jo Oliver, Miss 2012

Christina Mendenhall and Emily Pappas, class doll c0-chairs
with Alice Jo Oliver

Welcome to Meredith, Annie Ross Hartford!

It is with pleasure that the Class of 2011 announces the senior class doll: Annie Ross Hartford. This young woman’s name is of special importance. Her first name, Annie, hails from our senior Cornhuskin’ skit’s lead character who brought us all together for one last dance.  Her middle name is in honor of our class advisor, Peggy Ross, a woman who has provided guidance and support to us over the past four years. Finally, Annie’s surname, Hartford, is named in honor of Dr. Hartford and her final years of service to Meredith.   Annie’s clothing and accessories are all chosen specifically to draw attention to cultural trends and important moments of our college years. She is dressed in a comfortable yet fashionable outfit of a white tank, a navy blue cardigan, skinny jeans, and sparkly silver TOMS. However, the tag on her TOMS appropriately reads MCG. Her outfit is accessorized by trendy long necklaces and a scarf and classy pearl earrings.  In her hair she is wearing a Corn headband; she just can’t get enough of that wonderful time of year! Of course, her right hand is outfitted with her onyx; it is the only jewelry she can’t leave home without. Annie is also carrying a Longchamp bag with all of the essentials: her Cam Card in a Vera Bradley ID case just like the one her Big Sis got her on move in day, her keys to Apartment 2011 as one of the first residents to move into The Oaks, and sunglasses. She needs something to protect her eyes from the bright future she sees ahead!

Situated next to Annie is her toy box where she keeps all of the items that remind her of her most treasured memories at Meredith. This toy box, even the Think Green at Meredith and Meredith Athletics stickers on the outside are important. Although these 11 items could never take the place of her years at Meredith, they will remind her of the sweet memories and traditions she has to carry with her. First, Annie has a soda can to remind her of 2011’s sense of accomplishment over four years of Can Art victories.  Just looking at the can reminds her of iPods, recycling bins, guitars, and rocket ships. In fact, her freshman year Cornhuskin’ was such a remarkable experience that her iPod, the second item in the toy box, is set to play “Knock on Wood” so she can start a Dance Revolution whenever she wants. Next to the iPod is Annie’s scrapbook with tickets to those special events like Tea for Two, Guardian Angel Dance, Charming Evening, Ring Dinner, and Senior Parent Night. Each ticket carries enough memories to fill pages.  When Annie looks at the next two items in the toy box, her class charm on its black ribbon and a unique rope that is half of a daisy chain and half of a tug-of-war rope, she has fond memories of sophomore year. Although Annie is always sad to think about when her Big Sis left, these two items remind her of how wonderful the transition to an upperclasswoman and role model really was.

And, of course, she can’t forget how the odds were always in her favor when it came to tug-of-war! Annie’s toy box wouldn’t be complete without at least a few items showing her ODD spirit. Her tye-died t-shirt and black glove that she wore at Class Day should be enough to remind her of those Odd Balls and the way they always encouraged her to throw her hands up once every night in November.  The next three items in the toy box are from Annie’s last years at Meredith. The crook with its rainbow ribbon bring back both memories of flashlights and grids of campus as well as the exhilaration she felt when it was found with only 17 minutes to spare.  The paintbrush with its rainbow-painted bristles is a reminder of the countless hours spent with classmates painting Cornhuskin’ props and the tunnel. A few paint drops are even left-over from when she worked tirelessly to repaint the tunnel to show how Meredith girls can work through any obstacle, even vandalism. Finally, the coozie is from Annie’s final days at Meredith where she and her friends worked together to give back to the place that given so much to them through their generous donations to the Senior Class Gift.  The last and maybe most important item in the toy box is the spirit stick. While Annie never wants to forget a Cornhuskin’ dance or speaker at a traditional event, she knows she will never forget the way the class of 2011 bonded over the years and became friends, then sisters, and then family.


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