|Photograph captioned "Mount Holyoke students play rink polo in 1896 on the covered skating rink given by John D. Rockefeller."|
The rink's opening was celebrated by a carnival in February of 1896. Each corner of the rink was decorated with class colors. A local band provided music for the carnival. The students cheered for their classes and dorms, and sang a skating song written for the carnival by Margaret S. Geddes of the class of 1897. In a personal letter from 1896 regarding the carnival, a student wrote: "It is really intoxicating (or must be, for I did not skate) to go skimming around to music, especially if you have a man to hold you up. We had a goodly number of Amherst youth to share our pleasure and they must have found Holyoke a decidedly gay place."
|Buildings pictured from left to right: Brigham, Safford, Porter, Rockefeller skating rink, with Lower Lake in foreground.|
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Samantha Snodgrass, Class of 2018, is a volunteer student assistant in Archives and Special Collections.