$500K Matching Fund Challenge for MHC Alums

Honoring Frances Perkins 02 and Mount Holyoke Alums

To discuss a pledge or gift of securities, contact
Laura Chaney, Development Director
(207) 563-3374

Susan Bateson ’76

“I was inspired to launch this challenge to help us name the Education Center at the Frances Perkins Homestead in honor of Mount Holyoke alums to recognize how much we value our alma mater and its tremendous influence on our lives. Mount Holyoke College was instrumental in shaping Frances Perkins’ values, drive, and sense of purpose —preparing her to be so effective, despite the huge obstacles she faced. She continues to inspire others to do important work in support of the ‘public good.’ Many Perkins Center award winners, including the three MHC alums whose remarks are excerpted in the video on this page, have spoken of how Frances inspired them to dedicate their lives to public service, and encouraged us to continue to share her story through our education programs. I want every visitor to the Frances Perkins Homestead to be reminded of that.”

—Susan Bateson ’76

Funds to be matched: $500,000!

Read Mount Holyoke College’s alums magazine Summer 2021 article on Frances Perkins

Fannie Perkins at Mount Holyoke College.

Class President Fannie Perkins leading Ivy Day procession, Mount Holyoke College 1902

Frances Perkins’ life changed forever as the result of an economic history course that she took while she was an undergraduate student at Mount Holyoke College. President of MHC Class of 1902, Perkins has received numerous posthumous awards and honors: a USPS 15 cent stamp, the U.S. Dept. of Labor Washington D.C. headquarters is named the Frances Perkins Building, and Mount Holyoke College created the Frances Perkins Program for students over the age of 24 to pursue their education. She has been inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame and the Labor Hall of Fame.

Frances Perkins’ homestead in Newcastle, ME, continuously occupied since the 1700s by her ancestors and descendants, is a National Historic Landmark now owned by the Frances Perkins Center. This national treasure, with its planned Education Center, will become a place where new generations of leaders can learn and be inspired by her pioneering achievements for the betterment of all Americans.
Shining a light on Frances Perkins' legacyFinally getting her due