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Rushlight, Wheaton's literary and visual arts journal, was founded in 1855 by Lucy Larcom (1824-1893), who taught from 1854 to 1862 at what was then known as Wheaton Female Seminary.

For the first few years of its existence, Rushlight served as both a newspaper and literary magazine.

When Larcom named Rushlight, she proposed as a brief motto this couplet:

A Rushlight flickering and small, is better than no light at all.

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