Fancy a tour of the President’s House?

Fancy a tour of the President’s House?


[MUSIC PLAYING] Nothing ever seems to
be average around here. It’s quick pace. It’s changing. And when there’s no
events or guests arriving, maintain the house
and always look ahead. Well, there’s a lot
of unique things, a lot of things
that are, I think, from the past that are true. You have big rooms,
very little closets. It’s actually 22 rooms. But I count the basement
because it’s finished as well. One of my favorite
spots, sure, it would be in the front
entryway, the foyer. To me this is like
the hub of the house. There’s many happy hellos,
and there’s long goodbyes. And this is William Morris
wallpaper that everybody seems to know and comment on. The other reason I
like it here is I hear wonderful stories
by greeting and meeting alums and different guests. So the paper comes
all the way up here. All the lead that you see in all
the windows on the second floor and down on the first
floor are all original. We’re going to come
up to the third floor. I’m upstairs with the guests. And this is my office. It’s a nice little corner. And if I could, I’ll show you
this lovely photo of the house. And this is around 1910. And this here would
be the library now. And the house was built in 1908. And it was by Mary Woolley. And it always
interests me, and it made me sad to think that,
after 37 years and everything that she had done,
she never came back once she retired because, it
was my understanding, that she was so angry with the
trustees because they had voted in a man. And she just couldn’t
understand why there was not a woman alum that would take the
presidency, that they would not vote in. So this is our Frances
Perkins guest room. We have her name on the door. And we’re underway
right now just putting some finishing
touches on this room. We’re going to have some
art coming to the house. And this has a great view of the
backyard, that it’s all tiered. And again, we try and keep
all the amenities here for all the guests. For Mary Woolley, we put her
name on the door here as well. We have her portrait. And all our guests always need
a place to lie out their– at the end of a busy day at
Mount Holyoke with meetings, we’d like to have
all the amenities that a nice hotel would have
or a nice bed and breakfast. And they all seem very,
very pleased to be here. It’s my understanding that, when
Mary Woolley built the house, that the third floor was for
her partner Jeannette Marks. And this was Jeannette’s area. And I actually have a photograph
downstairs of this room. And it pretty much is
the exact same way, with the exception that the
ceiling has all open beams. It was just a great space. Lots of different spaces,
and this is our kitchen. The kitchen is very active. Willits does a
wonderful job here, putting all the meals together,
all the hors d’oeuvres. And it serves also as a very
nice spot for the family. Ah, first dog– close that door. I’ll bring her in here. Come here. Come here, Cleo. Come here, sweetie.
[SMOOCHING] Come on. That a girl. Sorry. There we go. We have lots of events. We have speakers
out here for music. We put an additional bar here. The yard is tiered. It abuts the Evergreen Cemetery. We’ve had as many as 1,100
people in the backyard. And they’ve had a grand time. It was lovely, everybody
very appreciative to be here. People are really
honored, and they’re so pleased to come to
the president’s house that you want it to
really be everything that they hope it is. And I take a lot of
pride in the house. And I think it’s a lovely home. And the college has
done a wonderful job at maintaining it
over the years. [MUSIC PLAYING]


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