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April 6, 1917

Beyond Vassar

In response to the sinking of American vessels, the United States declared war on Germany, thus entering World War I.

At Vassar, 638 students were already enrolled in 12 preparedness courses: first aid, home nursing, surgical dressing, motor repair, wireless, relief work, home economics, shorthand, bookkeeping, typing, cataloguing and filing.

On this day Maria Dickinson McGraw ’67 presented an American flag to the college, along with a fund of $1,867 to endow it. Her son, Capt. Stanley McGraw, raised the flag.

The Years