Lucretia Crocker


Pioneer Educator and Innovative Administrator

As the first woman appointed to the Board of Supervisors of the Boston Public School System (1876), Lucretia Crocker pioneered the method of teaching mathematics and the natural sciences during her decade-long tenure. Earlier, she was among the first women elected to the Boston School Committee, and a strong advocate for higher education for women.

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Euphemia Goldsborough


Confederate Nurse and Smuggler from Maryland

Euphemia Goldsborough exemplifies the Southern woman committed to the Confederacy. Against all odds and at great risk to her own personal safety, she smuggled necessities into Southern hospitals and Northern prisons. Her story is one of courage, compassion and endurance.

Image: Euphemia Goldsborough at age 38

Early Years
Euphemia Goldsborough was born June [Read More ...]

Charlotte Bradford

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Matron in Civil War Hospitals

Born June 20, 1813 in Duxbury, Massachusetts, Charlotte Bradford was the daughter of Gershom and Sarah Hickling Bradford. Charlotte was well educated, and her family was socially connected and accepted into high society, although they were middle class.

Image: Gershom Bradford House
Duxbury, Massachusetts

Brothers Gamaliel and Gershom Bradford each built houses in Duxbury [Read More ...]

Ida McKinley


First Lady of the United States

Ida Saxton McKinley, wife of William McKinley, 25th President of the United States, was First Lady from 1897 to 1901. She and her husband developed a unique way of coping with her epileptic seizures during her public appearances, and the love they shared during the early years of happiness endured through more than twenty [Read More ...]

Black Civil War Nurses


African American Nurses in the Civil War

Nursing was not a woman's job before the Civil War, but by 1865, there were over 3,000 nurses serving the Union and Confederacy. In the North, most women nurses worked in military hospitals.

Image: Black nurses with the 13th Massachusetts Infantry
The 13th Mass fought in numerous battles, from the Shenandoah Valley [Read More ...]

Slyder Farm


Farm on the Gettysburg Battlefield

John Slyder married Catherine Study in Carroll County, Maryland on September 25, 1838, and the couple soon moved to Gettysburg. In the 1840s the Slyders resided on South Washington Street in town, and John went into business with a local potter named Edward Menchey.

An 1847 an advertisement in the Adams Sentinel also listed Slyder's [Read More ...]