At Cornell College, literary societies held meetings and hosted public programs for the campus and Mt. Vernon community. Events were intellectually stimulating as well as social, and included debates, interpretative and dramatic readings, poetry, essay orations and musical performances. (Adapted from Finding Aid to the Literary Societies Collection, developed by Stephanie E. Schmeling.) Pictured here are scanned archival posters advertising Cornell College Literary Society speeches, readings and other performances by students between about 1890 and 1910.