Ada Clapham Govan

Significance: 

Author, ornithologist, conservationist, Boston Globe columnist.

Her writing explored the mental and emotional health benefits

of connecting to nature and wild birdlife. Gifted her backyard

acreage to the town of Lexington for a bird sanctuary to protect

various Massachusetts species. Voted one of the ten most

outstanding women of the 20th century in the Boston area.

Birth: 

Death:

June 16, 1885- Hartford, CT

April 11, 1964- Boca Raton, FL

Buried in Monroe Cemetery, Lexington, MA

Obituary:

Marriage:

David Govan, 1903

Children:

4- two survived to adulthood- Malcolm, Betty, Jeanne and David

Places Lived:

Hartford, Lexington, MA, Florida

Connection to Lexington:

Lived here, worked here, wrote here, raised her family here

Wikipedia: 

Book Titles:

Education:

Employment:

Wings at my window

Did not graduate from high school

Writer- weekly column in the Boston Globe,  wrote bird notes and poems under the pen name, Of Thee I Sing
Birder

Quotation:

“birds had not only taken possession of our back yard; they had taken possession of my heart as well.”

Link to page in Notable American Women:  

Inclusion in the Lexington
Historical Society Exhibit?  

Additional Info:

Preliminary Sketch
- Meredith Bergmann
Ada Clapham Govan