Founders Quilt Guide

LexSeeHer's first Women's Visibility Digital Quilt is a collaboration that follows the tradition of "quilting bees". Women would gather together to sew quilt tops or help finish a quilt. Quilting incorporates color, design, math and textile skills.

 

Martha Wood volunteered to design the first Founder Squares and selected a Bear's Claw, Wheel, and Star pattern. Founders who contributed at the Heroine level were invited to select a square and designate a special woman they wished to honor.  You can find a table below that includes the name of all honorees, and some information about some of the women.

If you honored someone in this quilt, and would like to add information about the honoree, please email: lexmonument@gmail.com.

If you would like to join this digital quilt project, email lexseeher.quilt@gmail.com. New squares available beginning October 5, 2021. 

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Marianne P. Taylor 

Nancy Dolberg

Jane Hill Told

Kate Barbadoes

Elizabeth "Bettie" Hewitt Clarke

Alice "Mickey" Hinkle - Sandra Shaw

Frieda G. Oliner - Marian Cohen

Linda Kennedy - Lauren 

Wendy Greene - Valerie Overton

Margaret Tullop - Christina

Janet Haas

Ann Solomon Burdoo

Robin H. Cohen - Deborah Strod

Ellen Dana

Betty Gau - Dave, Linnea, Reed & Pierce

Andrea Ilene Boyles - your loving cous

Mindelle Kaplan Seltzer - Judith Zola

Mary Keenan - Kathy Jacob

Yunqing Lin - Melanie

Anne Grady

Shirley Tufts Lane

Celeste Freeman

Gilda Rose Cocco

Martha Wood - Jamie Wood

Julia Robbins Barrett

Mary K. MacGillivray - Donna Hooper

Marjorie Sorli - Cheryl Fouche

Sonia Liberman - The Liberman-Watt Family

Emily Murphy

Michelle - Jessie

Jessie Steigerwald - Michelle Tran

Corinne Steigerwald - Andrea Schnall

Erica McAvoy

Nancy - Betty & Dave

Adeline - BJ

Meaghan Murphy - Joyce Murphy

Sheila Violette - The Violette-Franks

Stacey Fraser

Robyn Piasecki O'Donnell

Sarah Pilsbury Harkness

Judy Zabin

Hope Farley Edwards - Laura Atlee

Agnes Ross - Paul Ross

Sarah McDonough

Janice A. Fiola - Laurie Fiola

Elizabeth Mubarek

Judith Hensle

Amy Horsburgh

Catherine Jean Hart - Jean & William Hart

Leona Martin - Jill Smilow & Howard Brick

Karen Ekblade Kelley - Jan Hurd

Melanie Thompson - Carrie & Marc St. Louis

Sandhya Bahuguna - Anwiti Bahuguna

Catherine Sheehan - Ann Boese & David Sheehan

Dr. Margaret Inners Hart - Jean & William Hart

Margo Lacey - Claudia Quigley

Phyllis Atack Ferlinz - Sandra Ferlinz Valenti

Nella Alberta - Lauren Alberta-Wszolek and Matthew Wszolek

May Rosmarin - MS

Mary Virginia Koch - Elizabeth Radcliffe

Sylvia Margolis - Alan & Gail Fields

Serena Wolfson - Sarah & Nathaniel Wolfson

Sally Hays Krum - Wendy Krum

Marcy Ostrow - Robert & Natalie Warshawer

Wellington Women - Hepsibah, Louisa, Caroline, Eliza, Nancy, Adeline, Hannah

Barbara, Becky, Sue, Betty, Cathy, Diane, Jonina, Kathy, Leslie, Lynn, Nancy, Polly Jo, Shailu, Susan, Tracy

Pat Costello

Mai-Huong - David, Michael, Michelle

Ruth Edna Schuh Kelley - Peter and Beverly Kelley

Marianne P.  Taylor 

Marianne P Taylor (1930-2008). B.S. in Physical Education, minor in Dance, from Sargent College, Boston University, 1951.
Beginning in 1953, Ms. Taylor taught International folk dance, Scottish and English country dance classes, workshops and school programs throughout the United States and Canada and as a guest teacher at folk dance camps in Japan, Australia and Switzerland. An avid traveler, she co-led small group dance-focused tours in Bulgaria, Portugal, Scotland, Iceland and on a schooner in the Greek Islands.


She received her teacher's certification in Scottish Country Dance from the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society in 1957, the RSCDS Scroll of Honour in 2005, and served as artistic director of the Boston branch Royal Scottish Country Dance Demonstration Team for 25 years.
She moved to Lexington in 1957, raised five children, taught creative dance classes for preschoolers for over two decades in the 1950s, 60s & 70’s and performed the first liturgical dance at Sacred Heart Church. She led weekly movement classes at the Doctor Perkins School, a special education school.


Co-Founder of the Folk Arts Center of New England in 1975, with then-husband Cornell S Taylor, she served as its vice president and later as program director through 2004.


Ms. Taylor was the recipient of the Boston Dance Alliance’s 2007 Dance Champion Award for Immeasurable Contribution, Texas International Folk Dancers LifeTime Achievement Award, the 2008 National Folk Organization Preserving our Heritage Award, among others.


Also, she was a member of the Ralph Page Legacy Committee, New England Folk Festival Association, Co-Founder of the New Hampshire Strathspey and Reel Society (president from 2004 - 2008), Artist-in-Residence for the primary middle and high school programs through the New Hampshire State Council of the Arts, pianist for contra, Scottish and other ethnic dance genres, regular member of the Scottish dance band, Tullochgorum, played monthly with Lamprey River Band at a contra dance in Dover, NH, musician/caller at Deerfield town hall contra dances (which she began in 1991), played regularly with the Strathspey and Reel Society of New Hampshire and several other groups, and was a recording musician on several Scottish Celtic music CDs.
 

Jane Hill Told

From Ann Lee: My mother is my shero!

Kate Barbadoes

Kate Barbadoes is featured in the Lexington Historical Society "Something Must Be Done" exhibit. LexSeeHer was inspired by her story. Visit the exhibit to learn more!

Elizabeth "Bettie" Hewitt Clarke

LexSeeHer learned about the inspirational Bettie Clarke through our community nomination process. 

Alice "Mickey" Hinkle - Sandra Shaw

Mickey Hinkle was an author and an editor of the Lexington Minuteman.
Her carefully researched book, “Prince Estabrook, Slave and Soldier” described the life of Estabrook, a Black Minuteman who fought in the American Revolution. He is honored with a memorial located at Buckman Tavern.

Frieda G. Oliner - Marian Cohen

Frieda G. Oliner was an exceptional woman, the core of her family. She raised two accomplished children, who always knew she cherished them, supported a highly successful and world-renowned husband, loved her children-in-law like her own, took care of her parents as they aged and supported many generations of an extended family. She was the rock on which they were anchored and the glue that held all together.

Frieda was an accomplished art historian, returning to school to earn her undergraduate and graduate degrees after her children had earned theirs. Her sense of humor and optimism about life were infectious and made life better for all who were privileged to know her. Smart, kind, dedicated, reliable and knowledgeable, she was a favorite relative, co-worker and friend for those who had the privilege of knowing her. She had an uncanny knack for knowing the right thing to do and best way to do it. Family and friends learned so much from her – and not just how to master practical tasks. She opened others to new experiences through her aesthetic sensibilities, and her life taught how one appreciates and cares for others.

Ever open to new experiences, when Frieda moved to Lexington in her seventies, she immediately became immersed in the life of the Town. She volunteered in the library at her grandchildren’s school, shared her experiences growing up with history students, participated in classes at the Senior Center and served on the Board of the Council of Aging. She brought energy and excitement to each of these activities.

Frieda lived both a difficult childhood, during the Great Depression, and a fortunate adult life, and she never let the hard part hurt the charmed part. She considered herself blessed. In truth, it was all those who knew her who were blessed. She was, and remains, a model woman, and more broadly, a wonderful human being, one whom we should all aspire to emulate.
 

Linda Kennedy - Lauren 

Honoring my mother who loves to quilt.

Wendy Greene - Valerie Overton

Margaret Tullop - Christina

I was touched and moved by Margaret Tullop's strength and perseverance. She never gave up. She is an amazing example of what we women can do, no matter what the situation is

Janet Haas

Ann Solomon Burdoo

Robin H. Cohen - Deborah Strod

My mother, Robin H. Cohen, made music and treated every person with respect and kindness. She adapted, she suffered, she was inspirational and imperfect, an infinite font of love and support and belief in me (really in everyone). As a teacher, she listened, and created environments where people could learn as themselves, and follow their own questions. She told me stories and took beautiful pictures and helped me see the world. I carry her with me. I remember her making a quilt square for a friend, embroidering tiny, faded, rainbow-spectrum squares to frame a mushroom - so it is fitting she have a quilt square in her honor, too.

Ellen Dana

LexSeeHer learned about the inspirational Bettie Clarke through our community nomination process. 

Betty Gau - Dave, Linnea, Reed & Pierce

Andrea Ilene Boyles - your loving cous

My beloved cousin Andrea died at age 60 of late-diagnosed Stage 4 pancreatic cancer in May 2020. Unable to come together and mourn the loss, her extensive network of family and friends treasure their memories of her compassion, generosity, and astonishing ability to plant and nurture the seeds of friendship.

Celeste Freeman

Mary Keenan - Kathy Jacob

Yunqing Lin - Melanie

Anne Grady

LexSeeHer learned about the inspirational Bettie Clarke through our community nomination process. 

Shirley Tufts Lane

LexSeeHer learned about the inspirational Bettie Clarke through our community nomination process. 

Mindelle Kaplan Seltzer - Judith Zola

Mindelle, or Mindy, is my mom. She is 85 years young, and she is amazing role model for me and my children. She has worked for most of her life, and she is still a family counselor. She loves the arts, especially theatre, painting and sculpture. Thank you, mom, for being such a fantastic mom and grandmother. We love you!

Gilda Rose Cocco

Martha Wood - Jamie Wood

Julia Robbins Barrett

Julia Robbins Barrett (1819 - 1900) was the daughter of East Lexington businessman Eli Robbins and Hannah Simonds Robbins. Julia served as her father's secretary in arranging speakers for his hall, known today as the Stone Building. Active in the abolitionist movement, Julia worked at the Boston Female Anti-Slavery Society Fair. After studies at the Boston School of Design, she was employed as a carpet designer at the Lowell Mills. After her marriage to Concord farmer John Barrett, she was active in the campaign for municipal suffrage.

Mary K. MacGillivray - Donna Hooper

Loving matriarch, guiding light, steadfast and virtuous woman who led her life with grace, dignity and selflessness. Her kindness and gentleness inspired and were admired by those who knew and loved her.

Marjorie Sorli - Cheryl Fouche

Sonia Liberman

          - The Liberman-Watt Family

Sonia Liberman is a lifelong educator, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, friend, holocaust survivor ,community organizer and women's rights advocate. Orphaned at a young age and then hidden by a brave Polish family who saved her life, Sonia emerged from the Holocaust determined to rebuild her life, to start her own family, and make the world a better place. She has accomplished all that and more.

Emily Murphy

LexSeeHer honors Erica McAvoy for her work in supporting the Lexington Historical Society "Something Must Be Done" exhibit and her detailed research into the 1769 Spinning Bee, women suffragists in Lexington, and her commitment to researching textiles to understand the material culture of Lexington's community in the 18th century.

Michelle - Jessie

Jessie Steigerwald - Michelle Tran

This pair of friends honored each other.

Corinne Steigerwald - Andrea Schnall

Jessie Steigerwald honored her mother and mother-in-law for their ongoing strength and inspiration.

Erica McAvoy

LexSeeHer honors Erica McAvoy for her work in supporting the Lexington Historical Society and LexSeeHer collaboration to make women visible.

Nancy - Betty & Dave

Adeline - BJ

Meaghan Murphy - Joyce Murphy

Sheila Violette - The Violette-Franks

Shelia has contributed to many vital activities in Lexington, from supporting a myriad of school-related events to helping to care for community members with life-threatening illnesses who lack local social support.

Stacey Fraser

LexSeeHer honors Stacey Fraser for her work in supporting the Something Must Be Done exhibit at Lexington Historical Society and for supporting collaboration with LexSeeHer to make women visible.

Robyn Piasecki O'Donnell

Sarah Pilsbury Harkness

LexSeeHer learned about the inspirational Bettie Clarke through our community nomination process. 

Judy Zabin

Hope Farley Edwards - Laura Atlee

Agnes Ross - Paul Ross

 

Sarah McDonough
LexSeeHer honors Sarah McDonough for her work in promoting a deeper understanding of the lived experiences of Lexington women across time through her work at Lexington Historical Society and her collaboration with LexSeeHer to find innovative ways to bring these stories to light. We are especially inspired by her research on Ruth Buckman and Mary Sanderson.

Janice A. Fiola - Laurie Fiola

Janice A. Fiola - an educator, social activist, sister, daughter and friend

Elizabeth Mubarek

LexSeeHer honors Elizabeth Mubarek for her work in supporting the Lexington Historical Society's "Something Must Be Done" exhibit and working to make women's lives visible in our community.

Judith Hensle

Amy Horsburgh

LexSeeHer honors Amy Horsburgh for her work in supporting the Lexington Historical Society and LexSeeHer collaboration to make women visible.

Catherine Jean Hart 

Leona Martin

 

Karen Ekblade Kelley 

 

Melanie Thompson

Sandhya Bahuguna 

 

Catherine Sheehan 

Dr. Margaret Inners Hart

Margo Lacey

Phyllis Atack Ferlinz 

Nella Alberta 

May Rosmarin 

Mary Virginia Koch 

Sylvia Margolis 

Serena Wolfson 

Sally Hays Krum 

Marcy Ostrow

 

Wellington Women - Hepsibah, Louisa, Caroline, Eliza, Nancy, Adeline, Hannah

Barbara, Becky, Sue, Betty, Cathy, Diane, Jonina, Kathy, Leslie, Lynn, Nancy, Polly Jo, Shailu, Susan, Tracy

Pat Costello

Mai-Huong 

Beverly Kelley