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July 21, 1955

The Vassar Summer Institute for Family and Community Living marked the completion of its 30th annual session with a celebration in Main Building. Begun in 1926 as an extension of the innovative study field called Euthenics, the institute altered with the times, reflecting the country’s changed needs during wartime and, more recently, the rise of community organizing and the recognition of new communities within towns and cities.

By 1955, the number of its “alumnae/i”—women, men, students, and children who enrolled over the years—was more than 3,500.

The Years