Harriet Hanson Robinson – Mill Girl to Malden

Please join us on Tuesday, August 6th at 6:30 p.m. for a lecture on the life of Malden resident Harriet Hanson Robinson presented by Allison Horrocks of the Lowell National Historic Park.

Over the next year, many communities will celebrate the passage and ratification of the 19th Amendment, which extended the right to vote to women in the United States. This talk will explore the life story of Harriet Hanson Robinson, a suffragist and activist who once lived in Malden.  While in Lowell, Harriet Robinson contributed to The Lowell Offering, an operatives’ magazine. Yet it was during her years in Malden that Robinson became more connected to a wider world of abolitionists, woman’s rights advocates, and intellectuals. At 23 Harriet married William Stevens Robinson, a journalist and anti-slavery activist, and moved to Malden.  Robinson was the first woman to speak before the Select Committee on Woman Suffrage in Congress.  She and her daughter, Harriet Lucy Shattuck, organized the National Women’s Suffrage Association of Massachusetts. This talk will put Robinson’s life in historical context, providing insight into the broader social movements that surrounded her and the particular challenges she faced as a woman who reinvented herself several times.

Allison Horrocks, Ph.D. is a public historian who works as a Park Ranger at Lowell National Historical Park in Lowell, MA. Since answering a local newspaper advertisement seeking volunteer guides more than a decade ago, Allison has worked as an interpreter in a range of historical sites and house museums. Her primary areas of interest are women’s history, education, and public service. In addition to her work with the National Park Service, Allison has been involved with a range of local historical projects, including lecturing at teachers’ workshops and creating a women’s history trail.

This lecture is part of Converse 2020, brought to you with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.  For more information, please contact the Malden Public Library at 781-324-0218.