The Mount Vernon Seminary and College was a private women's college in Washington, D.C. It was purchased by George Washington University in 1999, and is now known as the Mount Vernon Campus of The George Washington University. Mount Vernon Seminary and College. Active.
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Mount Vernon College Catalog, 1970-1998; Yearbooks, 1911-1998. The name of the yearbook changed several times during Mount Vernon's history. While the Junior College existed as a separate entity (1927-1968), there were separate yearbooks for it and the Seminary. All of the Mount Vernon yearbooks have been scanned and are available through the Internet Archive. Mount Vernon Seminary
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The legacy of Mount Vernon Seminary and College (MVSC) is as strong as ever. The commitment to women’s education, a hallmark of MVSC, has continued to grow since the school merged with GW in 1999. Today, young women come from all across the country to take part in the unique opportunities available through the Women’s Leadership Program and other programs.
Elizabeth Somers accepted private pupils in her home at 204 F Street, Washington, D.C. She began teaching private students in her home at the request of prominent statesmen following the Civil War. Gatherings attended by authors, poets, musicians, politicians and diplomats complemented formal studies.
Mrs. Somers officially opened her school and named it Mount Vernon Seminary after the church of her brother (Thomas Eddy), Mount Vernon Place Methodist in Baltimore. Intended as a “Family and Day School for Young Ladies,” Mount Vernon Seminary offered a six-year course, including two post-high school years.
The Mount Vernon Seminary Society was founded. Its stated purpose was “the binding together of M.V.S. students in carrying out some useful charitable work.” The Society supported the Kindergarten at Neighborhood House in Southeast Washington.
Mrs. Somers was named President and Mrs. Adelia Gates Hensley was named Vice-President. The Mount Vernon Seminary was reorganized. The first Montessori “House of Childhood” was inaugurated at Friendship House and was supported by the Society.
Mrs. Somers retired. Mrs. Hensley, a teacher with the school since 1884, was named the 2nd President of Mount Vernon Seminary.
Mount Vernon Seminary incorporated as a non-profit organization. Miss Jean Dean Cole was named Vice-President.
The school moved to Nebraska Avenue, which had the capacity to house 130 resident students. Founder's Day was instituted to honor Mrs. Somers's eightieth birthday. This day has been celebrated every November 5th since then as the school's birthday.
As a memorial to Mount Vernon's founder, alumnae built the Elizabeth Somers Chapel and dedicated it on May 24th.
Miss Cole resigned as President but retained her status as Headmistress. George W Lloyd, who had been with the school since 1930 and was the head of the Junior College, was named as the 4th President of the College.
The United States Navy took over the Mount Vernon Seminary campus on Nebraska Avenue “in the interest of the war effort.” But the Board of Trustees decided that “every effort should be made to insure the continuity of the school.” Mount Vernon began the search for a new campus.
The 38.6-acre Mount Vernon Seminary for Girls campus includes 16 buildings, generally brick with Georgian Revival or simple Colonial Revival detailing. Six of these date to the period between 1916 to 1942, when the complex was first developed and used as the Mount Vernon Seminary for Girls, the first non-sectarian female boarding school in Washington, DC, whose curriculum was progressive for its time.