A local Women’s History event is set for Wednesday, March 21st at 7 pm, at the Warren County Historical Society, 50 Gurney Lane, in Queensbury.
This Women’s History Month event, which is free and open to the public, features talks by three local women on three notable women in local history Harriet Leonard Colburn, Jeanne Robert Foster, and Frances Garnar Kinnear. Light refreshments will be served following the presentation.
Harriet Leonard Colburn (1856-1935) was the daughter of women’s rights activist Cynthia Van Name Leonard, and sister of actress and singer Lillian Russell. Hattie moved to Schenectady, NY in 1900 with her husband who worked for General Electric. There she taught piano, and was active in the local women’s clubs. Schenectady native, Darlene Lee, discusses her research into the Leonard women and her upcoming book.
Jeanne Robert Foster (1859-1970) was born in Johnsburg, NY. She was an actress, model, journalist, and editor before turning to narrative verse first published in 1916. She was friends with Ezra Pound and other literati of the time. Author Sandra Weber is set to present a program of readings and portrayals to tell the story of this remarkable Adirondack woman.
In “The Life and Times of Frances Kinnear” teacher and writer Maureen Jones will tell the story of Frances Garnar Kinnear, whose family owned and ran one of the most successful businesses in the area in the late 1800’s – 1900’s. Frances was a well-educated adventurer and successful businesswoman in her own right. Her achievements ranged from creating a camp for girls in Lake Luzerne to driving an ambulance as a volunteer in World War II.
For more information, call the Warren County Historical Society at (518) 743-0734.
A version of this article first appeared on the Adirondack Almanack.