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The following events are sponsored by the Worcester Women's History Project. To to find out more about the events listed here, please call 508-767-1852, or e-mail info@wwhp.org.

Please join us in celebrating National Women's History Month, March 2003

An Evening of Letters and Songs

Sponsored by: Worcester Historical Museum and the Worcester Women's History Project

6:30 - 8:00 p.m., Thursday, April 3, 2003 Salisbury Mansion, 40 Highland Street, Worcester, Massachusetts

"My Very Dear Friend": A Personal View of Abby Kelley Foster

In the 19th century, Abby Kelley Foster--the famous abolitionist and women's rights activist--exchanged many letters with family, friends, and other noted reformers. Fortunately, much of this correspondence was saved, giving us access to their intimate thoughts on private matters and issues of the day. The Abby Kelley Foster Letters Project, a new WWHP initiative, is gathering, selecting, editing and publishing Foster's correspondence.

The event at the Salisbury Mansion, will offer a sneak preview of some new insights into Abby Kelley Foster's character revealed by her letters. The evening includes a dramatic, costumed reading of the correspondence of Abby Kelley Foster and other abolitionists. Letters include those archived at Worcester Historical Museum and others that the WWHP has located at the American Antiquarian Society and manuscript repositories in Washington, D.C., New York, Boston, Cambridge and other cities.

In addition, the Uppity Women Singers, a WWHP group, will celebrate Foster's life with songs about abolition, woman's rights, and the continuing struggle for full human equality.

For more information, call Worcester Historical Museum at 508-753-8278.

Admission: Adults $5. Members of the museum and the Worcester Women's History Project, and under 18 are free.

Panel Discussion on "Women's Activism and Leadership, Yesterday and Today"

Saturday, March 22, 2003, 2:30pm to 4:30pm, Worcester Public Library, Saxe Room

Please join us for a lively and stimulating afternoon with activists and leaders willing to share stories about their experiences, reflect on the changes they have witnessed in the community, and offer advice on how best to meet the challenges ahead.

Our panelists bring a wealth of experience: Vera Dowden Baldwin, first woman Dean of Worcester State College, Worcester Women's Club member Eleanor Hawley, first woman Director of Human Rights Commission in Worcester and Nipmuc Tribal Leader Barbara Kohin, former City Councilor and president of the Worcester League of Women Voters Ruth Rodriguez, director of Centro Las Americas and delegate to the UN's Nairobi Conference on Women Earleana Yelverton, president of NAACP of Worcester and member of the city's committee on hate crimes

Gathering songs by WWHP's Uppity Women Singers, director Lisa Cohane and manager Nancy Avila

Free and Open to the Public -- Light Refreshments



  • "Angels & Infidels" Curriculum
    Pre and Post Curricular Materials based on "Angels & Infidels", a dramatic presentation of the First National Woman's Rights Convention by Louisa Burns-Bisogno

  • "Making the World Better" Curriculum
    Designed for middle and high school students, the curriculum focuses on two of these women: abolitionist and suffrage leader Lucy Stone (1818-1893) and African-American abolitionist Sarah Parker Remond (1824-1894).

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