Celebrate Women’s History Month

Portrait of Sally Foster Otis

March is Women’s History Month, and Historic New England is offering special tours to celebrate.

On Saturday, March 25, visit Otis House in Boston for a special Ladies of the House tour. Discover the stories of a diverse range of women who lived in the 1796 Beacon Hill mansion: a politician’s wife (Sally Foster Otis, whose portrait is shown here), an early female physician, and sisters who transformed the property into a boarding house. Learn more and buy tickets.

Sunday, March 26, is Women’s History Day in Salem, Massachusetts. Historic New England’s Phillips House offers special tours focusing on the women who lived and worked at this beautifully designed Chestnut Street mansion. Learn more.

Earlier in March, Historic New England and the Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail presented a lecture and performance about Ona Judge. Judge was an enslaved woman owned by George Washington. Her escape led her to the New Hampshire Seacoast and Governor John Langdon House. Erica Armstrong Dunbar’s new book, Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge, tells her story. To learn more, listen to this report from New Hampshire Public Radio.