History Of Women in Northampton From 1600 To 1980 - Northampton, MA
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1
N 42° 19.107 W 072° 37.979
18T E 695055 N 4687847
Quick Description: A 3216 square foot mural depicts the history of women, both known and unknown, in Northampton from 1600 to 1980.
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 9/18/2011 3:05:19 PM
Waymark Code: WMCKW0
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
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Long Description:
The Hestia Art Collective of five local artist created this huge mural in downtown Northampton. It depicts women of all walks of life who made a contribution to the history of Northampton. The figure on the left is Susanne Lathrop, a painter who along with her sisters opened a studio called the Northampton Salon in 1886. On the extreme right is Sojourner Truth an abolitionist and women's rights activist. In between are women from the past, both known and unknown.

The original mural was created in 1980 and updated in 2003 to include six contemporary women. Peace activist Frances Crowe, former Northampton Mayor Mary Ford, current Mayor Clare Higgins, domestic violence activist Yoko Kato, coach Agnes "Gush" Valenta, former Smith College President Ruth Simmons, and Jessie Benoit, a friend to the homeless and needy.


The collective was named after the Greek goddess Hestia, the keeper of the eternal flame. The group included and included Linda Bond, Mariah Fee, Susan Pontious, Rochelle Schieff, and Wednesday
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City: Northampton

Location Name: Verizon Building - 61 Masonic Street

Artist: Linda Bond, Mariah Fee, Susan Pontious, Rochelle Schieff, and Wednesday

Date: 2003

Media: paint on brick

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