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Local Historians Lead Walking Tour Highlighting Margaret Fuller's Life in Boston


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LOCAL HISTORIANS LEAD WALKING TOUR HIGHLIGHTING MARGARET FULLER’S LIFE IN BOSTON

“MARGARET FULLER’S FOOTSTEPS IN BOSTON”

Saturday May 1st from 10:00 – 11:30 A.M. rain or shine

Boston, MA, April 14, 2010 – On Saturday May 1st, join historian/authors, Bonnie Hurd Smith, and Mary Howland Smoyer, for a walking tour of the sites in downtown Boston where Margaret Fuller lived, worked and visited. The tour, “Margaret Fuller’s Footsteps in Boston,” will take place on Saturday May 1st from 10:00-11:30 A.M., rain or shine.  Participants should meet at the Boston Common Marker (at the Park Street station).  Tickets are $10/person payable the day of the tour.

As a girl, Margaret Fuller attended Dr. Park’s Lyceum for Young Ladies in Boston.  As a young woman, she taught classes at Bronson Alcott’s Temple School on Tremont Street, attended Rev. William Ellery Channing’s Federal Street Church, heard lectures and attended art exhibitions.  Fuller became the first editor of the Transcendentalist journal the Dial, at Ralph Waldo Emerson’s request.“

Boston is where Fuller really propelled herself onto the national stage,” says Bonnie Hurd Smith.  “When Emerson published her essay ‘The Great Lawsuit: Man vs. Men, and Woman vs. Women’ in the Dial after Fuller stepped down as editor, her bold insights into the status of women led to her landmark book Woman in the Nineteenth Century, a far-reaching audience, and a position of international influence as a correspondent for the New –York Tribune.”

Fuller published her own work in the Dial and Present, another Boston periodical, gaining a national reputation as a critic and commanding intellect.  She interacted with some of Boston’s brightest stars, including Julia Ward Howe and James Freeman Clarke. The philosophical, historical, and political “Conversations” Fuller held at Elizabeth Peabody’s bookstore on West Street attracted Lydia Maria Child, Ednah Dow Cheney, and Caroline Healey Dall, among many others.

The walking tour is part of a year-long series of events celebrating Fuller’s life and work.  For a complete list of the other programs in the series, please visit: www.margaretfuller.org.###