UNCOVERING WESTERN NEW YORK'S

Hidden History.

“The term “Hidden History” is used when the history of a hitherto neglected group begins to appear: as, for example, in the case of black history, women’s history, lesbian and gay history…The phrase is not simply used to describe the group’s emergence into mainstream history: it also has an explicit message that these groups have lacked a history because society has been unwilling to see them as a separate group with particular rights. Groups hidden from history are hidden for three reasons. They are hidden because of prejudices against the group in the past, because of modern prejudices; and because of the absence of records.”

Anne Lawrence, Women in England in 1500-1760: A Social History

 
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Honoring Women in Public Spaces

 

Our built environment is filled with spaces that celebrate our male leaders. Our public places are often decorated with monuments that honor only our masculine heroes. Yet this is slowly beginning to change. In the past twenty years, monuments to women have been incrementally added to our cityscapes. Now Western New York will honor our pioneering women.

United States

8%

5,193 Public Statues
394 Statues to Women

Great Britain

17%

925 Public Statues
158 Statues to Women
(110 allegorical, 29 to Queen Victoria)

Buffalo, NEW YORK

2%

106 Public Statues
2 Statues to Women

US National Parks

2%

411 Parks
9 Parks Dedicated to Women

The Monuments

The first three in a series of  statues and plaques to pioneering women from Western New York will be designed and placed throughout WNY in this inaugural project. These women were leaders in their communities and the country. Their inspiring lives and careers deserve to be celebrated.

Monuments in their honor will unveil their hidden histories.

 

LOUISE BLANCHARD BETHUNE, FAIA
aRCHITECT

The first professional woman architect in the United States, Louise Blanchard Bethune was a national leader in the architectural profession during the Gilded Age. A staunch advocate for equal pay for equal work, Bethune advocated for co-education and design excellence in educational design.

MARY BURNETT TALBERT
CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER

An internationally respected civil rights leader, Mary Burnett Talbert was an anti-lynching activist, suffragist, preservationist and educator. She was an early member of the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs, which helped organize the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

...SUGGEST A MONUMENTAL WOMAN

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monument Locations

 

Three monuments to pioneering local women will be designed and placed
throughout Western New York. 

Locations will be announced soon!