Quartz, a pub covering trends and happenings in business, has a weekly Obsession on a particular topic. I was amused to see that this weeks’ obsession was cranberries.
And why amused, you may ask. Because of the contributions to the Alma Mater of the Makepeace family.
Members of the family have been responsible for raising the cranberry to a daily part of the life of peoples world-wide instead of a sugar-infused berry sauce at Thanksgiving. We drink them in many forms and eat them out of little sacks as a treat and diet addition.
The Williams link. Charles D. Makepeace Williams 1900 and Treasure for many years. At our 50th reunion in 2006, Denny Makepeace ’56, his grandson and namesake, gave a rundown on the doings of the family and some very particular descriptions of activities at his grandfather’s Williamstown house. We were in that house, now the Oakley Center, and laughed at the stories, especially the one about dancing on the piano and leaving heel marks on the polished top. And the piano was with us in the room. The convivial talk is a part of the oral history of Williams.
I do wonder if the Williams community recognizes the importance of continuity and tradition, and has an appreciation of the personal histories and commitments that have shaped this small college.