HWS founder Georgia Campbell appears in the upper left corner of this archival photograph shared courtesy of the Campbell family. We don't have positive identifications on most of the women shown here, but they are believed to be members of Georgia's extended family on her mother's side. Her mother, Otelia Campbell, is seated just below Georgia.
It is always fascinating to take a peek into the lives of our founders. Photographs from the time period can be scarce, so the ones that do emerge are important artifacts. We thank the Campbell family for their generosity in sharing this lovely image.
Looking through the information we gathered from the HWS archives at Tremlett College, we realized we neglected to include this image in the previous slideshow illustrating the time at which our founders were in attendance at the school. This photograph most likely dates to 1898 or 1899 and shows a science class underway. The students are engaged in an exploration of the properties and mechanisms of static electricity. We know the science classes at the time were very hands-on. It looks like quite a bit of fun.
It's difficult to tell, but the young woman in the back working at the chalkboard may well be Georgia Campbell, one of the HWS founders.
Our research into the special archives led to the semi-fictionalized account of the HWS founding in the mystery novel The Library of Lost Trees.