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LexSeeHer QUILT 

First LexSeeHer Digital Quilt unveiled July 4, 2021

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women's visibility banners 

Join us July 22, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.
for the unveiling ceremony.
Meet near Buckman Tavern.

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LexSeeHer has formally launched our fundraising campaign. We are thankful to the 400+ people who joined as ​Monument Founders. Each gift will make women visible:
 

  • 2021 Self-Guided Women's History Trail - Explore "In Her Shoes"
     

  • 2021 Visibility Banners in Lexington Center in partnership with Girl Scout Troop 66265
     

  • 2022-23 Permanent monument in Lexington Center to honor women and women's contributions to Lexington & to America
     

  • 2023 "Firsts" plaque will memorialize women in Lexington who were the first to serve in a variety of roles as elected officials and leaders
     

  • Ongoing LexSeeHer Speaker Series amplifies the significant accomplishments of women 

Details can be found on our Donors page, and contributions may be made online or by check. Our partnership with Lexington Historical Society launched on Patriots' Day 2021. Lexington Historical Society is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization and contributions are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.

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Explore
"IN HEr sHOES"

Enjoy our expanding self-guided tour! Learn more about the women's history hidden in plain site as you discover the wonderful contributions women have made in Lexington. From educational pioneers who attended the Normal School, to abolitionists and suffragists, women's stories are waiting for you!

Start with a look at the CVS windows on Massachusetts Avenue. There you will find a wonderful timeline filled with important contributions made by Lexington women, especially with respect to women's suffrage!

Women's Visibility Banners in Lexington Center!

On your next visit to Lexington center, make sure to look up!

Thanks to each and every member of Girl Scout Troop 66265, everyone can learn more about 42 women who have made amazing contributions across time.

 

You can learn more about the project's stages, and get a closer look at the banners.

 

LexSeeHer is actively seeking volunteers who would be excited to join us in learning more about all of these women. Email us to join the Research Team!

 

Honorees were inspired by (a) Lexington Historical Society's BOLD Women of Lexington exhibit (now on view at Buckman Tavern) and (b) community nominations.

ARTIST ANNOUNCEMENT From the Steering Committee

LexSeeHer issued a nationwide Call to Artists on May 1, 2021 to invite artists to collaborate in the design of a new monument for Lexington, Massachusetts to honor contributions made by women across time. With no visible monuments dedicated to women, in 2020 the LexSeeHer Steering Committee echoed the historic words first declared by Abigail Harrington the morning of April 19, 1775 and then carried forward by Lexington suffragists: “Something Must Be Done!”

 

LexSeeHer received stellar submissions in response to the Request for Qualifications. Artists across the Commonwealth and the country were passionate about the project. LexSeeHer’s Steering Committee was inspired by many proposals and is pleased and proud to announce three finalists.

Each highly qualified artist brings powerful experience to the table, and offered distinct and engaging ideas in the RFQ process. Further, each reflected her commitment to engage with the intellectual, historical, social and practical aspects of this project.

 

The LexSeeHer Monument finalists, in alphabetical order by first name, are:

Ann Hirsch   http://annhirschstudio.com

Linda Serrao http://lindaserrao.com/index.html

Meredith Bergmann https://meredithbergmann.com
 

Please join us in learning more about each artist this summer by visiting their websites and exploring their work. LexSeeHer expresses appreciation for our Advisory Board for assistance in this exciting project.

 

Follow LexSeeHer’s progress at lexseeher.com.

JULY Calendar:

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It's time to see women

in Lexington, MA

LexSeeHer is a dedicated group of volunteers, who are organizing to establish the first monument to recognize women's contributions in Lexington across time.  The monument will seek to convey the important economic, social, and political impact women have had over more than three centuries. It will also raise questions about what “liberty” and “freedom” have meant to women from the 18th century to the present. 

 

Lexington Historical Society has partnered with LexSeeHer as a fiscal sponsor to help support this important initiative. Donations to the LexSeeHer monument project are held by Lexington Historical Society and overseen by both entities. Lexington Historical Society is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and contributions are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.

From the Steering Committee

JULY 2021

From the Steering Committee,
 

Known across the globe as the birthplace of American liberty, Lexington residents are coordinating to make visible the many women who have contributed throughout time. 

 

Women's Visibility Banner Unveiling July 22, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.
We need not wait for a permanent monument to highlight amazing contributions Lexington women have made to their community, country and professional fields!


Join us in raising banners this summer to make 40 women visible! Thanks to Girl Scout Troop 66265 and a five-month open nomination process, we have wonderful women to honor and fascinating stories to tell!

Many of the women included in the 2021 Visibility Banners are also included in Lexington Historical Society's exhibition: Bold Women of Lexington.We encourage everyone to visit - whether in person, or virtually. The exhibition spotlights the urgency of discovering the inspirational lives of historic women, as well as our living legends!

June Adds 300+ Founders
More than 100 people joined in as Founders during May 2021 and more than 300 joined in June! These early contributions supported our Call to Artists. Together we can make sure that as residents and visitors walk through Lexington's town center they see evidence in the built environment that women were - and still are - important here in Lexington. All women!

 

Support LexSeeHer With A Fun Visit To The Buckman Tavern Gift Shop!
Check out the cheerful new LexSeeHer items at the Buckman Tavern Gift Shop! Pens, pencils and necklaces offer great ways to support LexSeeHer and make women visible. Each LexSeeHer purchase at the gift shop supports both Lexington Historical Society and the LexSeeHer initiative make women visible.
 

Check out each milestone as we work together to make women visible!  

Explore this website for ways to get involved, and join us on Facebook or instagram.

Milestones

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March 8, 2020

Kick-Off

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Girl Scouts from Troop 66265 helped kick off at Depot!

Community outreach:  open event held at The Depot. Girl Scout Troop 66265 staffs information table and gathers first community pledges and petition signatures for Town Meeting Citizens' Petition.

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August 20, 2020

Submit Papers for Citizens' Article

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Papers submitted to Town Clerk's office!

Community outreach: signature collection for Citizens' Petition.

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August 26, 2020

Women's Equality Day

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Signatures certified!
Speaker  series begins.

Community outreach: Free Speaker Series open. Petition in circulation for Art. 7

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Fall 2020

Brainstorming

Selection of First Collaborative 

Projects

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Monument

Women's history trail

Street banners + more!

Community outreach: open for submission of ideas & suggestions.

Visit Tourism Committee.

Reach out to Monuments Committee.

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Fall Special Town Meeting 2020

Citizens' Article

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View debate (scroll to minute 8:00)
 

View Article 7 motion

View presentation

Community outreach: Speaker Series continues, special guests add new ideas.

Minuteman Article

On October 20, 2020 Lexington Town Meeting members voted (almost unanimously!) to approve Article 7 and support the establishment of a monument to honor the contributions women have made to Lexington.

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February 2021

Site Exploration: Cary Library

 

January 6 - Cary Library Executive Trustees Meeting

February 3 - Cary Library Executive Trustees Meeting

Event:
Galentine's Day Tea 2/14/21

 

Email us for information!

Nominations Due by Friday February 26, 2021

Extra extension to Feb. 28 midnight!

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Cary Library Trustees deliberate and while supportive of the project, determine Cary Library is not available as site for proposed new monument. Notes include upcoming streetscape work, location of quiet reading room, new signage, and existing trees and benches.

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Celebration of International Women's Day - March 8th with historian Dr. Emily Murphy.

 

March 2021

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Site Exploration continues

March 2, meeting with Town Manager, Jim Malloy and Select Board Chair, Doug Lucente.

March 9, meeting with David Pinsonneault, Director of Public Works

Speaker Series continues with "Women on Wednesdays"

 

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April 2021

 

Special 
Watercolor Workshop with Caitlin Cass

4/11/21

 

Patriots' Day Partnership Launch with Lexington Historical Society

Continuation of Banner Project with Girl Scouts

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May 2021

Research Team Meets

Call to Artists

Invitation to Become A Founder

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Focus Groups

Community brainstorming

Digital Quilt Launch

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June 2021

Call to Artists

Meeting with Select Board

Meeting with Monuments & Memorials Committee

Digital Quilt Project Continues

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February 2021

Site Exploration: Cary Library

 

January 6 - Cary Library Executive Trustees Meeting

February 3 - Cary Library Executive Trustees Meeting

Event:
Galentine's Day Tea 2/14/21

 

Email us for information!

Nominations Due by Friday February 26, 2021

Extra extension to Feb. 28 midnight!

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Cary Library Trustees deliberate and while supportive of the project, determine Cary Library is not available as site for proposed new monument. Notes include upcoming streetscape work, location of quiet reading room, new signage, and existing trees and benches.

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Celebration of International Women's Day - March 8th with historian Dr. Emily Murphy.

 

March 2021

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Site Exploration continues

March 2, meeting with Town Manager, Jim Malloy and Select Board Chair, Doug Lucente.

March 9, meeting with David Pinsonneault, Director of Public Works

Speaker Series continues with "Women on Wednesdays"

 

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April 2021

 

Fundraising Kicks Off with Special Watercolor Workshop with Caitlin Cass

4/11/21

 

Patriots' Day Partnership Launch with Lexington Historical Society

Continuation of Banner Project with Girl Scouts

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May 2021

Research Team Meets

Call to Artists

Invitation to Become A Founder

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Focus Groups

Community brainstorming

Digital Quilt Launch

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June 2021

Call to Artists

Meeting with Select Board

Meeting with Monuments & Memorials Committee

Digital Quilt Project Continues

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July 2021

July 4 - First LexSeeHer Digital Quilt Unveiling

July 7 - Request for Qualification Finalists Announced

Research Team Continues

Legendary Lunches

Women's Visibility Banners Are Coming!

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August 2021

Visit

Women's Visibility Banners in Lexington Center

August 26, 2021

Women's Equality Day

Anticipated celebration with Girl Scouts in Troop 66265

Save the date!

Explore In Her Shoes

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September 2021

 

Speaker Series Continues

Explore New In Her Shoes Sites

 

October 2021

Announcement of Monument Artist Winner

 

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November

December 2021

New Digital Quilt Squares Announced

 

Speaker Series Continues

 

Winter 2021/2022

Speaker Series Continues

 

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March 2022

March 8th
Celebration of International
Women's Day

August 26, 2022

Women's Equality Day

Anticipated date of new monument!

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Workshop with Caitlin Cass!

Special thanks to author & illustrator Caitlin Cass who shared a very special workshop with LexSeeHer on Sunday April 11. Ms. Cass shared her techniques with us and did a special demonstration featuring historic Lexington women. 

Ms. Cass shared images from her monumental work, Women's Work Suffrage Movements 1848 - 1965. Learn more about Ms. Cass at her website:  www.caitlincass.com

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