Town-Gown Relations

Town-Gown Relations

Miriam Riley Weimer (Class of 1940) reports in an interview that college relations with the town of Carlisle were "very good." Some "townies" attended Dickinson College, and women in town welcomed students into their homes. She admits, though, that some "town girls" thought the college women were snobs. According to Weimer, town and college boys did not share the same type of relationship as town boys did not like college boys. Weimer approximates that there were only 100 women and 400 men at college during the late 1930s; with this disproportionate ratio, "town boys didn't have a chance." Weimer recalls that male students did not approve of female students dating town boys.