By Louise Chipley Slavicek
Ladies Explorers chronicles the lives of six intrepid girls whose starvation for experience and information pressured them on paths of discovery around the globe. Their discoveries not just introduced shops of data on issues starting from historical dinosaur fossils to existence in Tibet, but additionally challenged the validated roles of ladies of their fields. The daughter of a prosperous planter, Alexander used her inheritance to fund examine for her passion--the common sciences. a variety of dinosaur species were named in her honor, and her legacy maintains on the college of California at Berkeley's museum of paleontology, for which Alexander supplied money and donated specimens.
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17 3 Student of Nature Samuel Alexander’s desire to forsake the country of his birth for Oakland, California, seems to have been motivated in part by his concerns for his five children, who ranged in age from 3 to 17 years old in 1883. Oakland is nestled along San Francisco Bay, an area celebrated for its cleansing ocean breezes and mild temperatures, which seldom rise above 75 degrees Fahrenheit even in July or August. Samuel considered the Bay area’s temperate climate “invigorating,” promoting good health and stamina among the local population.
Often accompanied by music, these exercise routines were designed to provide young women with a moderate physical workout while at the same time promoting grace of movement and correct posture. In 1888, during Annie’s second year at Lasell, the school’s physical education program expanded and became significantly more rigorous when a “natatorium” (swimming pool) was constructed on campus and all students were required to learn how to swim. By the late 1880s, more strenuous athletic programs, including rowing, swimming, and tennis were beginning to gain acceptance at other women’s schools as well, as new ideas regarding women’s health and physical capabilities began to take hold and long accepted ones regarding “ladylike” versus “unladylike” activities came to be viewed as old-fashioned.
After arranging for her father to be buried in the town of Livingston, a few miles away from the falls, Annie embarked on the long and lonely journey back home to California. 43 5 Alaskan Explorer and Museum Founder Annie Alexander was devastated by the loss of her beloved parent. On the one-month anniversary of Samuel’s death, she wrote to Martha and Mary Beckwith from Oakland: I have felt so terribly alone. It is a month today since my darling father died and was buried. It doesn’t seem as if I could ever make it seem true.