This month's Book Chat features a special conversation with Mary Keenan, author of the newly released book Petitions: A Patriot Legacy!
In pre-Civil War America, the most effective grassroots method of enacting change was the humble petition. Particularly for women who were unable to vote, this was an invaluable tool to create a better society for themselves and others. Keenan explores these documents that enacted civil action on topics such as abolitionism and women's suffrage.
$10 members, $15 nonmembers
Mary Keenan, Clerk of the Lexington Historical Society for ten years, again focuses on the 19th century to remind everyone of Lexington's continued leadership in the growth of the United States.
Honored as Lexington's Secondary School Teacher of the Year, she has also been recognized by the Lexington and the MA DAR, MA Council for Social Studies, and the New England History Teacher's Association. With an A.B. in History and an Ed.M. from Tufts, Mary began her 35-year teaching career in Lexington at William Diamond Junior High, continuing at Jonas Clarke Junior High and Lexington High School.
The author for ancillary materials for Holt Rinehart & Winston's Discovering American History, her biography In Haste, Julia about East Lexington's Julia Robbins was the outgrowth of her research and curriculum work on the role of women in history.