Monday, April 29, 2013

Olympia Brown remembered

            The New York History Review has just published my article, “Remembering Olympia Brown: Pioneer Minister and Advocate for Equal Rights for Women.”

            Olympia was the first woman in U.S. history to become a fully ordained minister with a degree from a regularly established theological school. She spent the rest of her 91-year-old life preaching and crusading for women’s rights.

            This summer marks the sesquicentennial of Olympia’s history-making achievements, both of which took place in the North Country. She was ordained in the Universalist Church in Malone, NY on June 25, 1863, and graduated from the Theological School of St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY two weeks later.

            The New York History Review has been published since 2006 by Diane Janowski as an online magazine with an annual printed issue. It carries articles touching on various aspects of local New York State history and fills a void in the history publishing world.


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