As a teen, I spent many a day strolling past the Victorian mansions that lined the streets of the towns and cities in Western Pennsylvania. The robber barons of the early 20th century erected magnificent homes with elaborate gardens in order to flaunt their wealth to all who passed by, the fragrance of the late summer blooms teasing those who were not invited into the inner garden. It is fitting and ironic how many of these mansions, once home to the richest families in the world, became the great halls of the colleges and universities of the city, throwing their gates of knowledge open to all who dared enter and walk toward the light of understanding. The wealth of education, not money became their true contribution.
May 15th, 2018
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