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Keep Margaret Fuller's Spirit Alive

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The Margaret Fuller Bicentennial Committee would like to thank everyone who hosted the traveling display “Why Margaret Fuller Matters,” celebrated Margaret Fuller Sunday, and created or participated in the many programs that were part of the Bicentennial all over the country. You have helped make this Bicentennial both rewarding and memorable.

The final Boston-area event was held on May 25, 2011, at Max and Dylan’s Restaurant at 15 West Street in Boston, the former Peabody Book Room, where Fuller offered several of her famed “Conversations." We are happy to report that the Boston Landmarks Commission voted unanimously to designate 13-15 West Street a Boston City Landmark, with a recommendation to pursue national designation for the site. There was no owner opposition to this listing, and no protests to the nomination. This is happy news after three years of waiting. What this means is that any attempts to demolish or take the building further away from its original configuration will have to go through a process of scrutiny that will hopefully give the public time to defend the site. It does not make the building invulnerable, but it does establish a first line of defense. Be sure to visit the site next time you’re in Boston.

Although our scheduled program has come to an end, we would like to remind you of the extensive resources that will remain on our website: www.margaretfuller.org.

  • The Education Project Committee created exciting new Learning Activities that are now available for use in secondary schools, libraries, and community groups. Experienced educators, Linda Stern and Elizabeth Kovacs, leant their talents and hard work to develop a series of ten activities to introduce high school students and adults to Margaret Fuller. Dorothy Emerson edited the activities and arranged the necessary permissions. You can find THESE activities at: http://bit.ly/sg42iK.
  • The traveling display, “Why Margaret Fuller Matters,” created by author and designer Bonnie Hurd Smith, remains available for display in your location and may also be viewed on our website as an informative addition to any educational program. These text-and-image panels have traveled around the country over the past year and a half to various libraries, community organizations, and Unitarian Universalist congregations. To view the display online, highlight the "Resources" tab a www.margaretfuller.org and select "Traveling Display - text" from the drop-down menu. Complete the reservation form available online at: http://bit.ly/rLhMLU to arrange to bring the display to the location of your choice.
  • Many other resources can also be found on the website, including biographical material, chronology, bibliography, worship materials, and answers to frequently asked questions.

In addition to the resources on our website, there are other lasting resources created by the Bicentennial:

  • YouTube videos of many of our Conversations and other programs. Go to: http://www.youtube.com/user/FullerBicentenniel.
  • Study guide for Barry Andrew's The Spirit Leads (Skinner House). The guide was developed by writer and educator Polly Peterson and is now online on the UUA website: www.uua.org. It provides a thoughtful session plan which will help study groups make the most of their reading and discussion of this work.
  • Trail guide, “Margaret Fuller’s Footsteps,” is a 24 page booklet with a glossy, color cover including sites and pictures of locations where she lived, worked, visited, or was honored over the course of her life. The booklet is available for purchase at: http://www.uuwr.org/new-store/books.

You can help keep Margaret Fuller’s spirit alive by making use of these resources and letting others know about them.

Thank you again to everyone for helping to create such successful celebrations.