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Elizabeth Leonard
Philanthropist Elizabeth Leonard (1823-1901) left an insightful legacy to the town of Rochester. In 1876, she donated money for the first Rochester Free Public Library.
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Lighting the Way – Historic Women of the South Coast tells the stories of commitment, determination and perseverance of women from a wide range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

“Women’s contributions have often been heard as whispers in history,” said Christina Bascom, the project’s designer. Spurred on by tales of a Petticoat Society, a group of women from throughout the community are bringing these stories to life on the SouthCoast. “We are unearthing remarkable stories of women’s personal callings that required grit, tenacity and enduring commitment to their families, community and country. These stories will inspire, motivate and inform generations to come.”

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Ada Woolley Sullivan
Mary T. Vermette
Rosemary S. Tierney
Martha Bailey Briggs
Emma Louise Piper
Lydia Grinnell Brown
Edith Guerrier
Elizabeth Piper Ensley
Mary Ann Hathaway Tripp
Ellen Kempton
Mary Santos Barros
Sara Ann Delano
Amelia Piper
Marial M. Harper
Mary Rotch
Charlotte White
Louise E. Strongman
Kathleen Comiskey Roberts
Harriet Didriksen
Mary Ann Flanagan Hayden
Cecil Clark Davis
Elizabeth Payson Prentiss
Geraldine Gomes
Mary Hudson Onley
Laurinda C. Andrade
Caroline Leonard Goodenough
Elizabeth Leonard
Helen Worthing Webster
Rosamond Guinn
Nora Ouimette Duprey
Sarah R. Delano
Sylvia Ann Howland
Clementina “Tina” Ponte
Mary J. “Polly” Johnson
Maria Alves
Ora M. DeJesus
Mary Ricketson Bullard
Hetty Green
Jennie Horne
Rebecca L. H. Taber
Helen Elizabeth Ellis
Rachel Howland
Annie Holmes Ricketson
Rosalind Poll Brooker
Emma Hall
Elizabeth Taber
Marie Equi
Mary Schwartz
Theresa Dougall
Mabel Knipe
Huybertie Hamlin
Suzanne Marjorie Stockard Underwood
Cara Leland Rogers
Juan Bennett Drummond
Maria (Maja) Capek
Sarah Rotch Arnold
Jane C. Waters
Betsey B. Winslow
Phebe Hart Mendall
Emily Howland Bourne
Awashonks
Margaret Xifaras
Helena de Kay Gilder
Sylvia Ann Howland Green Wilks
Elizabeth Carter Brooks
Theodosia Chase
Belmira Nunes
Lena Britto
Gladys Heuberger Sherman Ellis
Rosetta Douglass
Mary Hall Leonard
Amelia Jones
Eulalia Mendes
Noelie Houle
Eliza Bierstadt
Loretta Bourque
Valentina Almeida
Lillian B. Lamoureux
Laura Keene
Martha Bush Gray
Tryne Costa
Florence Eastman
Marian Shaw Smith
Elizabeth Barstow Stoddard
Elizabeth Terry Delano
Archangela Fortes
Margaret Ryckebusch
Rita Lopes
Dora Bastarache
Carrie Lee
Florence Waite
Cornelia Grinnell
Mary Elizabeth Hartley
Sister Rosellen Gallogly
Harriet Jacobs
Lillian Ross
Alice Howland Macomber
Sister Aurora Helena Avelar
Alberta Mae Knox
Carol Haney

Lighting the Way – Historic Women of the South Coast tells the stories of commitment, determination and perseverance of women from a wide range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

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