In 1868, my aunt went to Harvard! She went to visit Maria Mitchell, who was the first American, period, to discover a comet! My aunt had seen news clippings of "Miss Mitchell's Comet" when she was a young girl. Since she knew that she was going to be meeting Maria after her visit to Connecticut to meet Harriet Beecher Stowe, she had a dark blue version of Harriet's gift constructed. This was because Aunt Matilda felt that her childhood hero would appreciate that the Lizette Blue Velvet Jacket reflects the depth and endless beauty of the night sky!