Introduction

When Hats Off to Smith Day: The First Fifty Years was published in 1983, the Smith College Club of Minnesota was celebrating the 50th year of the event known as Smith Day in the Country. Edited by Katherine (Tukie) Chrisman, Hats Off to Smith Day tells the story of how the regular fall meeting of the Smith Club was transformed into a high-profile social and fund-raising event, providing scholarships to Minnesota women at Smith.

The next chapter of the Smith Day story, Gloves Off for Smith Day: 1983 to 2008, recounts the transformation of Smith Day over the last 25 years, driven by changes in women's lives and urban living in the ever-changing Twin Cities. But whatever the era, all these stories of Smith Day reflect the values of Smith College and its alumnae: dedication to women's education, service, inclusiveness, creativity, fellowship, and fun!

However Smith Day evolves in the coming years, we know these values will endure. And we hope that future Smith Day proceeds will continue to build the endowed scholarship fund, which now exceeds $2 million. Here's to the next 25!

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