IT'S TIME TO see women in Lexington, MA JOIN US & MAKE HERSTORY!

Where do Lexington's trailblazing "Ladies" belong?
LexSeeHer believes women's contributions should be celebrated in significant and important locations that are accessible!  

LexSeeHer is a dedicated group of volunteers in Lexington, MA, who seek to establish the first monument that will depict real women in the Birthplace of American Liberty.  The monument will 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. 

Show your support for the concept and location of the new monument: 
Write a letter to the Select Board, sign the petition, or both!  Become part of our history by lending your voice. And we would welcome your financial contribution as well!

July 2022

Join our Summer Sew Along! 
The Community of Endowment of Lexington has granted LexSeeHer special funding to help create 45 aprons for the upcoming August 27th Spinning Tableau. To get involved, email us at lexmonument@gmail.com.  We provide supplies, thanks to CEL's generous funding. Help us recognize the 45 courageous women who defied their King in 1769.

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"Something Is Being Done!" Meredith Bergmann, Sketch 2022

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MEREDITH BERGMANN selected by LexSeeHer as designer for new monument

Community reactions to Ms. Bergmann's elegant and inclusive monument design "Something Is Being Done!"

"Lovely design. Inspiring and uplifting."

"Exciting display. Love the fact we are celebrating women of Lexington! A nice area to sit and rest and reflect.

"Thank you for making history more complete - and so beautifully! Bravo to all."

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From Celeste Freeman, LexSeeHer Advisory Board Member

LexSeeHer advisor and public school educator Celeste Freeman summed up her reaction to Meredith Bergmann’s concept this way: “‘And when I meet Thomas Jefferson, I’ma compel him to include women in the sequel!’ This musical line from Lin Manuel’s Hamilton has been reverberating in my mind when I think of how gates and gatekeepers are often used to keep people out both physically from spaces as well as the pages of what we think of as of known history. One of the exciting aspects of this project is that this gate is actually an invitation—an opening to everyone to visually see a more expansive view of what we think of as settled history. When I think of the role of generations of unsung women like my grandmothers who serve as both guardians and gatekeepers of history, I can’t think of a more meaningful and symbolic way to capture how our founding mothers have shaped our nation. I see it as a portal to the past, present, and future.”

QUICK LINKS:​​​

2022 CALENDAR:​​

  • 7/6  Summer Sew Along
    Noon - 1:00 p.m.

  • 7/13  Summer Sew Along
    Noon - 1:00 p.m.

  • 7/20  Summer Sew Along 
    Noon - 1:00 p.m.

  • 7/25  Summer Sew Alon
    Noon - 1:00 p.m.

  • 8/27 Spinning Tableau
    1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

  • 10/22  LexDoingGood
    10 am - 1 pm at the Lexington Community Center on Marrett Road, Lexington
    Organized by the Community Endowment of Lexington

MONUMENTAL UPDATES!

Thank you to our community supporters:

  • Association of Black Citizens of Lexington

  • D.A.R. Lexington Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution

  • CAAL Chinese American Association of Lexington

  • CALex 

  • Chamber of Commerce (Lexington)

  • Indian American Association of Lexington

  • KOLex - Korean-American Organization of Lexington 

  • Lexington Arts and Crafts Society

  • Lexington Field and Garden Club

  • Lexington Historical Society​

  • LexPride

  • Lextinas

  • Merriam Hill Association

  • New England Sculptors Association

  • Pilgrim Church Council

The town of Lexington is steps closer to gaining a monument honoring women’s contributions throughout history. LexSeeHer announced our selection of renowned artist Meredith Bergmann for the project in November 2021.

LexSeeHer President, Jessie Steigerwald, said, “Meredith Bergmann distinguished herself by proposing an innovative, inclusive concept that beautifully conveys the many interconnected ways Lexington women have advanced liberty.” A preliminary sketch depicts the design in place in the center of historic Lexington, alongside Massachusetts Avenue and near the following landmarks: Buckman Tavern, the Lexington Battle Green, Cary Memorial Library, the Visitors Center and the Minuteman Bikeway.

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Amber Iqbal, Nominations Subcommittee Member and Steering Committee Founder, commented, "I love this design and the diversity of the women chosen. Meredith portrays each of the historical women elegantly, showing both their struggles and triumphs." Learn more about the women on our website.


Why a monument? “As the ‘Birthplace of American Liberty’, Lexington offers a wealth of history about men’s courageous acts,” observed Michelle Tran, LexSeeHer's Secretary and Steering Committee Founder.

 

MarthaLeticia Valencia, co-chair of the Events Team, shared, "Meredith's preliminary sketch depicts many of the women who have contributed to the history of Lexington."

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From Meredith Bergmann:

“I’m thrilled— it’s such an honor to have been selected to work with the remarkable women of LexSeeHer on this celebration of the history of the bold women of Lexington. I am grateful that LexSeeHer chose my design, and I look forward to working with the community.”
 

Photo credit: Michael Bergmann

LexSeeHer proposes a privately funded monument for a highly visible location in our community. We are following the local government process to seek approval for the new monument. Recent updates:

  • 12/28/21: Commission on Disability voted unanimously in support of proposed monument, plaza and site

  • 1/22: Monuments & Memorials Committee voted in support of budget threshold of 90%.

  • 2/3/22: Center Committee voted unanimously in support of proposed monument.

  • 2/10/22: Historic Districts Commission voted in favor of Certificate of Appropriateness with request for follow-up on specific issue, including axial rotation.

  • 2/14/22: LexSeeHer and HDC liaison held site visit to review axial rotation.

  • 3/1/22: LexSeeHer provided presentation at Council for the Arts.

  • 3/31/22: Tourism Committee votes in support of monument but opposes sitting at "Site 15".

  • 4/7/22: Monuments & Memorials Committee takes two votes (a) in support of monument (b) not in favor of Site 15. Chair suggests LexSeeHer find "less offensive" site.

  • April - May  Site Visits
    Gathering input on possible alternate sites.

  • May / June: Requested opportunity to present to Select Board with monument at Site 15. Feedback from community stakeholders indicated there is widespread support for Site 15, and that alternate site have drawbacks (and less support).

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“Meredith’s commitment to social justice and historical redress through sensitively conceived public art is exactly what we are looking for,” commented Betty Gau, a LexSeeHer Steering Committee Founder. “We are thrilled to work with her on this exciting project for Lexington and women everywhere.”

The work recognizes that “liberty” means different things to different people: Freedom from British tyranny, enslavement, and gender norms, for example. And freedom to live our authentic lives and pursue our passions.
 

The monument covers Lexington history from the years just preceding the Battle of Lexington to 2020.  Visit www.MeredithBergmann.com for examples of Ms. Bergmann's work.

1769 Spinning Tableau: 45 Women bring history to light 

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LexSeeHer honors the 45 courageous women who defiantly protested unjust British taxation on the colony.

IT'S TIME TO see
women
in Lexington, MA

LexSeeHer is a dedicated group of volunteers in Lexington, MA, who seek to establish the first monument that will depict real women in the Birthplace of American Liberty.  The monument will 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. 

LexSeeHer QUILT 

Founders Digital Quilt 
Making more women visible!

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LexSeeHer Teams​​​

Get involved by emailing lexmonument@gmail.com

 

All teams welcome new volunteers: Communication Team meets Monday afternoon

  • Communication Team

  • Research Team

  • Events Team 

2021 WOMEN's Visibility banners with Troop 66265

Community members responded to our 2020 Open Nomination period and brought forward inspiring women were selected for our Digital Quilt Project and some were selected for street banners.

Please turn the carousel to see all of the banners and visit the Founders Digital Quilt.
Click on a banner to the far right and the wheel will spin.

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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 is helping make women visible:
 

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

  • 2021 & 2022 Visibility Banners in Lexington Center in partnership with Girl Scout Troop 66265
     

  • 2023 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!

Updates

Bringing a new monument to the birthplace of american liberty

LexSeeHer preferred monument site.

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Tableau Vivant 

45 courageous women took part in the
1769 Spinning Bee Tableau 
August 27, 2022

See the 2021 Spinning Tableau

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