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

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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