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City of Beacon Plans Dedication Of Margaret Fuller Historic Marker

Beacon resident Debra Kaye, composed the musical piece based on Margaret Fuller’s poem Freedom and Truth (1859) that will be performed during a special ceremony honoring Fuller,
Beacon resident Debra Kaye, composed the musical piece based on Margaret Fuller’s poem Freedom and Truth (1859) that will be performed during a special ceremony honoring Fuller, Photo Credit: Contributed

BEACON, N.Y. -- The City of Beacon will hold a special ceremony to unveil a historic marker dedicated to women's rights activist, Margaret Fuller on Saturday, May 21. The marker commemorates the historic visit of the noted American journalist and critic to then Fishkill Landing in the Fall of 1844. 

Fuller lived in Beacon for seven weeks while writing America's first feminist work, "Woman in the Nineteenth Century." The book’s publication profoundly impacted the women’s rights movement, inspiring the 1848 Women’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, N.Y..

 The ceremony will be held at the Beacon Visitors Center in Polhill Park at 11 a.m. and will include a keynote by Margaret Fuller scholar, theologian and educator, Michael Barnett, along with remarks by other local leaders. 

Barnett earned his master of divinity magna cum laude at Moravian Theological Seminary in Bethlehem, Penn., and his master of education, master teacher certification in Social Studies, at Gwynedd Mercy University. 

The event also features a musical piece commissioned for the commemoration by the Beacon Arts, featuring soprano Kelly Ellenwood and violinist Kathleen Bosman. The piece was composed by Beacon resident Debra Kaye, based on Fuller’s poem Freedom and Truth (1859). 

Beacon Open Studios Weekend commences directly after this event at noon on Saturday, May 21 and runs through May 22.

The Beacon Historical Society will also presents an exhibit on Fuller’s life at the Howland Public Library, 313 Main St., on view through the end of May. 

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