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WES founder Mary G. Slocum

The "Quiet Work"

Mary G. Slocum, the wife of William F. Slocum, an early president of Colorado College, founded The Woman's Educational Society (WES) in 1889.  Mary used the phrase "a quiet work" in 1897 to characterize WES' accomplishments, from capital projects to equipment purchases to lectures to scholar support. Among its lengthy list of quiet works are the following highlights:

  • Built the first women's residence, Montgomery Hall (1890-91)
  • Gave a complete infirmary (1936), and helped equip the present one
  • Furnished the Special Collections study room in Tutt Library (1974)
  • Endowed the Southwest Studies lectureship "Women in the West" (1989)
  • Improved congregational lighting in Shove Chapel (1994)
  • Purchased a commercial stove to aid CC students who ran a community soup kitchen in Shove Chapel (1994)
  • Raised more than $110,000 in a campaign for the WES Scholarship fund (2005-2008)
  • Contributed $6,100 to the Richard F. Celeste Scholarship Fund, which was matched by the Walton Family Foundation (2011)
  • Published A Quiet Work Continues: WES in its Second Century (2014)
  • Celebrated its 125th anniversary (2014)


The Woman's Educational Society Newsletter, NewsFocus, (available in PDF format) provides a succinct update on WES activities and accomplishments. For example, did you know that in fall 2017 a WES Scholar embarked on a study abroad adventure to Tuscany, Italy, with support from WES?

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Montgomery Hall was Colorado College's first residence hall for women and was WES' first capital project.


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