Activist, poet, and author of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” Julia Ward Howe, visiting the college as a guest of Maria Mitchell, lectured in the Observatory on "Is Polite Society Polite?" Mrs. Howe was a frequent guest at the college. In her journal for January 1883 she spoke of "a peaceful day at Vassar College.” She was also present at the dedication of the Chapel, Nov. 4, 1904.