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

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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