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From Sea to Shining Sea, Katharine Lee Bates, an American Feminist in the 19th Century_2018-01-10_334.html

Saturday, February 3, 3-5 pm

Ever think “America the Beautiful” should be our National Anthem? I certainly do. Come meet Melinda Ponder (Class of ’66), coordinator emerita of English and Women’s programs at Pine Manor College, who will discuss her fabulous new biography, Katharine Lee Bates: From Sea to Shining Sea. Bates graduated from Wellesley in 1880, and went on to teach English at Wellesley. She wrote the poem that became America the Beautiful.

Melinda will discuss Wellesley’s role in her life, including in the genesis of the poem and Bates’ other achievements as a writer, teacher, and social activist who set an example for female independence in late 19th century America. Melinda will be glad to sign any books, paperback or hardcover, that you have already purchased through Amazon or bookstores, and she may have extra books on hand. Tea will be served (and maybe some wine). At Barbara Poore’s house 236 58th Ave S, Saint Petersburg, FL 33705. Please RSVP by January 26 to, or by text or phone to 727-453-8086.