The City of Beacon, NY will hold a dedication ceremony to install the Margaret Fuller Marker at Beacon’s Visitor Center/Polhill Park located at the intersection of 9D and Main Street on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 11:00 am. This marker commemorates the historic visit of women’s rights activist Margaret Fuller to then Fishkill Landing in 1844. Fuller, the most respected woman in American literary circles, wrote her seminal book “Woman in the Nineteenth Century,” while staying at the Van Vliet boarding house, located somewhere near Main Street, within walking distance of the river. Her “pamphlet on women” profoundly impacted the women’s rights movement, inspiring the 1848 Women’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, New York.
Historical Connections, a collaboration with the Beacon Historical Society and the Howland Public Library, will feature a new display about Margaret Fuller during May at the library. A mystery question was posted on the display case: What is the significance of the magnolia flower? The answer: Fuller wrote an essay called “The Magnolia of Lake Pontchartrain,” in the transcendental magazine that she edited called The Dial in 1841. The essay was considered “a mystical narrative of feminine self-reliance and empowerment.” For the full text, visit The Magnolia of Lake Pontchartrain
Margaret Fuller Display at Howland Library
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