A woman who did it all
Mary Louise Booth will be the subject of a talk this Saturday at the Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society.

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A woman who did it all




Author Tricia Foley spent years researching Mary Louise Booth, the 19th-century author and founding editor of Harper’s Bazar (now Harper’s Bazaar) — the first women’s weekly magazine — who championed women’s rights, was an abolitionist, and met with influential artists and politicians. Foley, who was instrumental in preserving Booth’s family home in Yaphank when she lived there herself, now resides in Brookhaven hamlet. She wrote a book on Booth last year, “Mary L. Booth: An Extraordinary 19th-Century Woman,” on Booth’s fascinating life. Foley will give an overview talk along with a book signing this Saturday, March 16 at 5 p.m. at the Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society at the Brown Building on Bell Street, Bellport. The event is free.

Booth owned a townhouse on Park Avenue, knew president Abraham Lincoln and was pivotal in getting the Statue of Liberty built at a time when the country was going through massive changes. “We’ll have a lot of visuals,” Foley said. “The talk is 45 minutes with a question-and-answer period afterwards. I still continue to look things up about her and find things.”

After the talk is the book signing and the BBHS’s popular wine and cheese reception, where people can continue to talk with the author and catch up on the area, the arts, and life in general. To sign up for the talk, visit www.bbhmuseum.com.