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Sophia Through the Years

A look at the continuing relationship between Sophia Smith and the college she founded


Recipe for Sophia Smith's Soft Molasses Cookies (makes 7 1/2 dozen)
From the Smith College Madeleine, 1972

1 1/4 c. Sugar
2 1/4 c. Molasses
2 1/4 c. Shortening
1 1/8 c. Sour Milk
3 1/2 tsp. Soda
2 1/4 tsp. Ginger
2 tsp. Cinnamon
2 3/4 qts. Flour

1. Heat molasses, melt in shortening, and add sugar. 
2. Cool. Add sour milk and flour, which has been sifted with other dry ingredients. 
3. Roll out, about 1/3" thick, and cut. 
4. Bake at 350 degrees for 5-8 minutes.


Smith College has no "yell," its president announced officially some time ago, but the young ladies of the college are sometimes, in moments of excitement, heard to utter a cry which sounds thus: "Rah! Rah! Rah! Soph-i-a-Smith!"
--Hampshire Gazette, 1896


"The men have been telling us that Sophia was a wishy-washy old maid and I'm just trying to give credit where credit is due. I think she was a more determined woman than even her own family admitted..."

--Jacqueline Van Voris, "Hetty and the First Hundred Years," Smith Alumnae Quarterly, November 1971


"Sophie"-- lyrics by Sarah S. Mermann '76. From a pamphlet of Smith College songs.

"Sophia in Funderland" -- A whimsical booklet written by the the Alumnae Office for the College's Annual Fund, ca. 1929.