On Saturday, May 21, 2016, at 11 am in Polhill Park, the City of Beacon, New York, is dedicating the Margaret Fuller Marker at the Beacon Visitor’s Center. This is the former site of the Van Vliet boardinghouse in then Fishkill Landing where women’s rights activist Margaret Fuller resided for seven weeks while writing Woman in the Nineteenth Century, the first American feminist book, in the fall of 1844.
I had the privilege of being the agency representative for the city to apply for the marker through the Pomeroy Foundation and provide the primary source documentation. This is a wonderful collaboration with Elizabeth Evans, Assistant to the Mayor, the Mayor and City Council, who voted unanimously for the marker, Robert Murphy, President of the Beacon Historical Society, and Teri Pahucki of the local Unitarian Universalist church. I’ve been invited to be the keynote speaker, which is an honor.
Margaret was on her way from Boston to New York City to become the first woman reporter for newspaperman Horace Greeley’s New York Tribune from 1844 to 1850 in New York and Europe. Published by Greeley, Woman in the Nineteenth Century encouraged men as well as women to free themselves from their stereotypical roles to be who they are. Margaret herself struggled with and encouraged this sacred marriage within.
As part of our movement toward the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote in New York State 2017 and nationally in 2020, this Margaret Fuller Marker will be part of the Women’s Rights and Suffrage History Trail. Please come out and celebrate this extraordinary woman whose life and work inspired the 1848 Women’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, New York.
I just found out that due to the West Point cadet graduation this weekend, accommodations are at a premium, so there are no special rates. Please get your rooms as soon as you can. I hope to see you there!