MARY LOUISE BOOTH
"AN EVENING WITH AN EXTRAORDINARY 19TH CENTURY WOMAN"
WITH TRICIA FOLEY
SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 2020 - 5:00PM-7:00PM
AT THE GARDEN CITY HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM
TO CELEBRATE WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH. A TALK, EXHIBIT, BOOK SIGNING AND RECEPTION WITH AUTHOR TRICIA FOLEY. THIS EVENT WILL INSPIRE AND ENTERTAIN! WOMEN OF EVERY GENERATION (AND LIBERATED MEN!) WILL ENJOY HEARING ABOUT AND RELIVING THE LIFE OF THIS WOMAN WHOSE INFLUENCE IS FELT TO THIS DAY.
Tricia Foley, magazine editor, designer and author first found the name Mary L. Booth on a small wood-shingled house, c 1830, in the hamlet of Yaphank, Long Island where she had just bough a similar house one door away. Intrigued, Tricia set out to learn about her. Over 25 years, the story unfolded with amazing details of her life. From a small rural village on Long Island to her adolescence in Brooklyn, through the Civil War, to the international publishing world during the Gilded Age, Booth created a life of her own, accomplished and lauded as a successful writer and independent woman.
Who was this woman, Mary L. Booth, who received letters from President Lincoln and Édouard de Laboulaye, the “Father of the Statue of Liberty?” She knew everyone who was anyone in the 19th-century – writers, statesmen, poets, artists. She was the Secretary of the Women’s Rights Convention with Susan B. Anthony in 1855, an esteemed author who wrote the first History of the City of New York in 1859, and was the founding editor of Harper’s Bazaar where she reigned for 22 years. She translated more than 40 books – from history to poetry, fairy tales to economic treatises, working with the leading French writers of the day; she kept up her correspondence with them throughout the Civil War and for the rest of her life. She was a suffragist and abolitionist who counted among her friends Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Louisa May Alcott, and Oliver Wendell Holmes. And so much more.
Come to The Garden City Historical Society on March 28th to meet the author and hear the extraordinary story!
Price - $20 Admission, $25 for the book, which can be ordered in advance and will be signed by Ms. Foley
About Tricia Foley
Tricia Foley, principal of Tricia Foley Design in New York, specializes in all aspects of home design and restoration. Known for her simple, classic style, her work includes residential design, magazine editorial, book publishing and branding, She is now putting this experience to work on historic preservation projects in exhibition design and 19th century house restoration.
Clients have included The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Gettysburg Foundation, The American Folk Art Museum, Wedgwood, Ralph Lauren Home, Waterworks, Target, Bloomingdale's and Macy's Home Stores.
A former magazine editor, whose work has been featured nationally and internationally, she has also authored 10 design/lifestyle books.