IT'S TIME TO see women in Lexington, MA
HELP BRING A MONUMENT TO WOMEN TO
THE BIRTHPLACE OF AMERICAN LIBERTY
LexSeeHer makes Lexington women's contributions visible in significant, accessible, and important locations! On July 25, 2022 the Lexington Select Board voted unanimously in support of our proposal to site the Something Is Being Done! monument designed by Meredith Bergmann in the Birthplace of the American Liberty. This will be the town's first monument to recognize women in the central historic district.
We invite you to join this exciting adventure as a volunteer, and as a financial supporter!
The monument celebrates women's economic, political, intellectual, social and cultural contributions. Lexington women have made contributions to the community and country across three centuries.
Meredith Bergmann's design invites an exploration of the concepts of “liberty” and “freedom.” What have these ideals meant for women from the 18th century to the present?
"Something Is Being Done!" Meredith Bergmann, Sketch 2022
From Celeste Freeman, LexSeeHer Advisory Board Member
LexSeeHer advisor 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.”
September 21 at Noon
Speaker Series: 'Democracy is not a spectator sport!'
LexSeeHer celebrates 2022 Women's Visibility Banner Honoree
Celebrate "Living Legend" and Disability Rights Advocate Victoria Buckley. Learn about Lotte Scharfman, past President of the League of Women Voters of Lexington. Panel includes Margaret Coppe, Town Meeting Member and community leader.
10/8 Discovery Day!
Find us at the town's popular community event!
10 am - 1 pm at the Lexington Community Center on Marrett Road, Lexington
Organized by the Community Endowment of Lexington
View the monument sketch
Learn about the honorees
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
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
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
Merriam Hill Association
New England Sculptors Association
Pilgrim Church Council
1769 Spinning Tableau: 45 Women bring history to light
The monument includes many untold stories about Lexington women since the town's incorporation in 1713. The monument's plaza is in the shape of a spinning wheel, and a central figure remembers the 45 Lexington "Ladies" who participated in the August 31, 1769 Spinning Match. This event was hosted by Anna Harrington, and was a practical and political event years before the famous Battle of Lexington.
"Spinning Tableau" Scene from the 2021 Spinning Protest Anniversary event held by LexSeeHer in partnership with Lexington Historical Society.
LexSeeHer is thankful to the 400+ people who joined as Monument Founders and Plaza Patrons.
Each gift makes women visible:
2021 & 2022
Visibility Banners in Lexington Center in partnership with Girl Scout Troop 66265
Permanent monument will honor women and women's contributions to Lexington & to America
2024/2025 "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
Get involved by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
All teams welcome new volunteers: Communication Team meets Monday afternoon
"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!