Henrietta Hooker's Two Careers, from Botany to Breeding Buff Orpingtons

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Learn about the remarkable Henrietta Hooker and her prize-winning chickens in a talk by Robert Herbert, Mount Holyoke College Professor Emeritus of Art History.

Henrietta Hooker was one of several teachers of Mount Holyoke’s faculty who rose to prominence in the last quarter of the 19th century. Hooker made her mark as a gifted and popular teacher of botany. However, she had a wholly different second career. She retired from teaching in 1908 to give all of her time to the breeding of chickens in South Hadley. In 1920, she competed in the annual National Inter-Collegiate Poultry Contest at Madison Square Garden and her Buff Orpington won first prize. Hooker donated the prize money to Mount Holyoke and, in return, President Mary Woolley gave the chicken "free rein" of the campus.

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Event image: One of Henrietta Hooker's chickens in 1912.

Monday, October 7, 2019 at 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Dwight Hall, Archives Reading Room

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Gatherings & Meetings

Event Topic

Academic, Research, Sustainability

Event Audience

Students, Faculty, General Public, Staff


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Julie Russell left a positive review 10/6/2019

I thought this was great and I learned a lot. Thank you. Yeah Yoke!