1.a young and inexperienced person considered to be presumptuous or overconfident. 2.a young person who annoys older people by being very confident and acting like someone important
The Story of the Windham Whippersnapper
That year, 1951, in a sleepy hamlet in southeastern Vermont a visionary named Walter F. Hendricks founded the Vermont Institute of Special Studies with his wife and twelve original students. The school's initial
Part 1. History of Windham College from one Whippersnapper's Perspective
It all began in 1951. Post WWII, when the mood of the country was one of cautious optimism. A normal transitional period that followed a great war that followed a great depression that followed a period of great excess and violence that followed WWI “The war to end all wars,” that followed a post Victorian haze. Sure, there was a little thing called the Korean “War” going on, but who’s to quibble when all things are relative and hadn’t Einstein defined that in 1905? After all, only 40,000 Americans died in action in Korea and the country was ready for the blissful era of butterflies and roses that has followed ever since.
In 1964 Eugene Winslow took over as college president and embarked on an ambitious campaign to build a new
mid-century modern campus and with the board of trustees enlisted the most prolific mid-century modern architect in history to do the design. The design became much maligned and even to this day it sparks heated debate among usually tolerant alumni, many of whom would almost go so far as to say Edward Durrell Stone should have been
Windham Trustee & Nobel Prize Winner Pearl S. Buck with President Kennedy
aim was to help foreign students improve their English language skills to enable them to meet the requirements for attending U.S. institutions. In 1954, the institution was renamed Windham College and began offering courses in the liberal arts and sciences, earning accreditation in December, 1967. Who knew at the time that the place would come to embody the liberal in liberal arts?
taken out behind the Quonset Hut and shot. After all, he had the dubious distinction of having designed Radio City Music Hall, the Museum of Modern Art, the Kennedy Center and thousands of other deplorable institutions. Who the hell were they anyway to implement such a stand alone, iconic and functional campus when everyone knows a group of clapboard buildings more akin to a maple syrup farm would have been much more suitable?
Despite the controversy, the student body swelled to almost a 1000 in the late 60’s and early 70’s. They came like pilgrims from the four corners of the world (mostly from New Jersey). Many enrolled to avoid another pesky little situation in Southeast Asia. The government had discovered by that time that not calling something a war made it as if it almost wasn’t happening. A clever strategy that continues to this day!
Original rendering of Windham College campus by Edward Durrell Stone said by many to have been rejected by schools in Arizona, Nevada, Florida and as a moon colony
Edward Durrell Stone, Facebook Whipping Boy, in front of his namesake dormitory
Windham College became known as a “party school” and indeed the party raged on for many if not even most. But a funny thing happened at that small aforementioned penitentiary-like campus in the drab, colorless landscape of Putney, VT. An unbelievably talented and distinguished faculty was assembled to teach there and somehow those cunning bastards managed to trick unsuspecting students into receiving a quality liberal arts education, many of whom came to the school not being able to spell cat even if you spotted them the c and the a!
And then there was the administration Wow!!!.........well… maybe that should be another discussion……
Typical night at Shamans' Bar
By the mid ‘70s the student population had dwindled significantly. Little issues like the draft and that “thing over there” had been ended under the nefarious Nixon. Then a great recession and energy crisis ensued, crippling Shamans' Bar’s ability to keep the heat on, further driving away those seeking “higher” education. President Carter, to his great credit, in a nationally televised speech suggested everything would be alright if everyone would just put on another sweater. Somehow the great man was not
By 1978 it was all over. The doors of Windham College were padlocked and it was closed forever, stranding dozens of poor Iranian immigrants in the freezing cold who had come there only seeking the best education “money could buy”. Today Landmark College inhabits that bleak, undistinguished (unpainted) campus in the dreary hills of the Connecticut River valley.
1978: The death of Windham College
So far, anthropologists have found no concrete correlation between Einstein and the three U.S. presidents who served during the Whippersnapper era.
2014: Archeological Ruins of Windham College
reelected to a second term.
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