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    A New Day For Vassar’s Herbarium

    The Vassar College Herbarium is almost as old as the college itself.  It was established in 1865 by Professor of Natural History Sanborne Tenney, one of the nine original faculty.  Just as Maria Mitchell’s observatory was key to providing a top-notch education in astronomy; collections of animals, plants, minerals, etc. were essential for studying Natural History, which at the time encompassed much of what we now call the Natural Sciences.  Collecting plants, pressing them, and affixing them to pages of a book to make a personal herbarium was a popular activity for Victorian women, so it is likely that some of Vassar’s first students came already well acquainted with the…

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    NSF Grant Will Help Vassar Share Botanical Data

    Herbaria, catalogued collections of pressed and dried plant specimens, enable scientists to learn about ecosystems of the past. But the data on where and when the plants lived and died can also provide vital insights about the future. Thanks to a grant from the National Science Foundation, the clues contained in these collections at Vassar and other nearby institutions will soon be available to researchers worldwide. Read More (You will leave this site)