Poughkeepsie, NY: Eastman College, May 18, 1878. An invite for the Eastman College's First Grand Excursion, otherwise known as "Poughkeepsie to the Ocean" (via news articles at the time). The students were to travel on Saturday, May 18, 1878, on the steamer Mary Powell, all the way to New York City from Poughkeepsie, via the Hudson River. Along the way they were to stop at variety of locations so that the students could enjoy the "delightful and picturesque scenery of the famous Hudson, as well as its cities, villages, palatial residences and places of historic interest." Two of the specific locations to visit mentioned in the invite were West Point and the prison Sing Sing. The Eastman College Band would provide the entertainment for the students on the excursion. The college itself was first known as Eastman National Business College, and later shorted to Eastman Business School, than Eastman College, was founded in 1859 by Harvey G. Eastman (cousin to George Eastman of Kodak fame). The school eventually became affiliated with the New York Business Institute before closing in 1931. The back of the invite has a black and white engraving of the Steamer Mary Powell "passing through the famous highlands of the Hudson". Single fold. Measures 6 1/4" x 5 3/4" (folded), 11 1/2" x 6 1/4" General wear. Crease folds.