Monday, March 9, 2009

Celebrate Women's History Month in Salem

National Park Service Celebrates Women’s History Month in Salem with a Presentation by Bonnie Hurd Smith

Salem Maritime National Historic Site will host Boston Women & the Law: a Virtual Tour through Four Centuries of Boston Women's Legal History at the Salem Visitor Center on March 22 at 2:00 PM.

Women's struggles to achieve legal rights and participate fully as voters, attorneys, and judges is a centuries-long story that is still playing out today. From Quakers and "witches" who were hanged in colonial Boston to the state's first woman Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court, there are dozens of colorful stories to tell—some of them with ties to Salem!

Join Bonnie Hurd Smith, author and creator of the Salem Women's Heritage Trail, for a virtual tour of the walking trail she created for New England Law | Boston during its Centennial year in 2008.

Learn about the women who were early religious dissenters, abolitionists, suffragists, attorneys,
judges, and elected officials, as well as those of both sexes who advocated for female education,
equality, and economic independence.

This program will be held at the Salem Visitor Center, 2 New Liberty Street, Salem at 2:00 PM on March 22, 2009. The program is free and open to the public. Smith’s book will be available for purchase through the National Park Service’s non-profit partner, Eastern National, and she will be glad to sign books after the talk. For more information, please visit Salem Maritime’s web site at, or call 978-740-1650.

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