Wreath Laying Ceremony at Mount Auburn Cemetery

Sunday July 18th, 2010, 12:30 P.M.

Cambridge, MA, June 25, 2010 – A commemoration of the life and legacy of author, reformer and Transcendentalist, Margaret Fuller Ossoli, takes place Sunday July 18th at Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge MA.  Actors will appear in costume to pay tribute to this significant woman.  The doors of Mount Auburn’s Bigelow Chapel will open for a reception at 12:30.  Bree Harvey, Director of Education and Visitor Services for the cemetery, will welcome guests promptly at 1:00 P.M.   Rev. Rosemarie Smurzynski will lead the Memorial Service and Eric Huenneke will provide the music.  After the service, participants will walk to the Fuller family lot for a wreath-laying ceremony at 2:00 PM. 

In a brief forty years, Margaret Fuller left a dramatic and lasting legacy.  She died tragically when the ship carrying her, her husband, and their young son, sank off the coast of New York’s Fire Island.  Though a memorial in her memory was erected in the Fuller family lot at the cemetery, historical evidence suggests that a memorial service to celebrate her life was never held.  The July 18th celebration will allow people to pay a much belated tribute to this groundbreaking icon.

The actors participating in the program are as follows: Jessa Piaia as Margaret Fuller, Wendell Refior as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Rob Velella as James Freeman Clarke, Dorothy Emerson as Elizabeth Peabody, Richard Smith as Henry David Thoreau, and Deborah Goss as Julia Ward Howe.

This event is part of the Bicentennial’s Conversations Series, supported by a grant from Mass Humanities and modeled after the “Conversations” Margaret Fuller offered for women (and later men) in Boston in the late 1830s and early 1840s. The event is co-sponsored by the Margaret Fuller Bicentennial Committee and the Friends of Mount Auburn and is part of a year-long series of events celebrating Margaret Fuller’s life and work.  This event is FREE and open to the public. 

PRESS CONTACT: Beckie Hunter            
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Witty, romantic play celebrates Margaret Fuller Bicentennial

Theatre@First presents a one-weekend revival of the successful 2006 production of local playwright Carole Braverman’s The Margaret Ghost, in honor of the 200th anniversary of main character Margaret Fuller’s birth.  Performances June 17-20, 2010 in the beautiful new theatre at The First Church in Belmont, 404 Concord Ave., Belmont, MA.  Tickets are available through www.theatreafirst.org.

On June 19th at 6:30pm the public is invited to a special Gala Performance.  A wine reception will be followed by a conversation with playwright Carole Braverman and director Elizabeth Hunter in the tradition of Margaret Fuller’s Conversations for the Women of Boston.  The performance starts at 8pm and both of these talented women will be available during intermissions to answer questions.  After the show, the audience will have the opportunity to meet the actors portraying Fuller and her contemporaries, including Ralph Waldo Emerson and Nathaniel Hawthorne.

The Margaret Ghost is a witty, engaging look at the struggles of a woman too intelligent to fit into the narrow role of a nineteenth-century woman, and too passionate to settle for less than the full human experience.  From the parlors of Cambridge to the streets of Rome, The Margaret Ghost follows Fuller as she searches for truth, beauty and love amid the tides of history.

Carole Braverman’s plays have been produced in New York, London, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and various other venues. The Yiddish Trojan Woman won London Weekend Television’s “Plays on Stage” award and has been published by Dramatists Play Service, and in anthology. The Margaret Ghost was originally produced by the Berkeley Repertory Theater, where Braverman was Playwright in Residence from 1983–85. In addition to writing plays, Braverman taught English at Phillips Academy in Andover for 27 years.

Theatre@First is Somerville’s largest community theatre and has filled a vital role in the vibrant Davis Square arts community since its founding in 2003.  For more information about Theatre@First visit www.theatreatfirst.org

The Margaret Ghost is just one of a year-long series of events celebrating the Margaret Fuller Bicentennial.  For a full listing of events visit www.margaretfuller.org.



Thursday, June 17, 8pm

www. theatreafirst.org

Friday, June 18, 8pm

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GALA - Saturday, June 19, 6:30pm reception; 8pm performance

MATINEE - Sunday, June 20, 3pm


The First Church in Belmont, UU

4040 Concord Ave, Belmont, MA











In conjunction with our current exhibition, Woman in the 21st Century: Margaret Fuller, and the Sacred Marriage, the Pierre Menard Gallery is pleased to announce:

A Conversation between Kate Millett and Curator Lisa Paul Streitfeld:The Sacred Marriage in the American Canon,

Saturday, June 5th, 4pm

Author and artist Kate Millett who became world famous 1971 with the publication of Sexual Politics, will discuss the “Boston Marriage” and its relationship to the development of the American canon and the “sacred marriage” mythology ruling the integration of gender opposites in her art.

Fuller’s trademarked “Conversations” will be revived in the gallery as a method of chronicling the historicity and living presence of this 21st century icon.

Schedule of “Conversations” with Curator Lisa Paul Streitfeld:

Friday, June 11, 7pm, Jessica Lipnack: The Sacred Marriage in the 1960s

Saturday, June 12, 4pm, Elinor W. Gadon: The Sacred Marriage in Antiquity

Saturday, June 19, 4pm, Aldo Tambellini: The Sacred Marriage in the 21st Century

Sunday, June 20, 2pm, Collaborative Performance Painting by Michael Manning and

Mark Wiener. Performance will be broadcasted live on YouStream.


Closing Event:

Saturday, June 05, 4pm, Kate Millett: The Sacred Marriage in the American Canon


Woman in the 21st Century: Margaret Fuller and the Sacred Marriage

 The Pierre Menard Gallery 

May 23rd –June 20th, 2010 

Opening Reception: Sunday, May 23rd, 2010, 6:00pm    

Pierre Menard Gallery is pleased to announce Woman in the 21st Century: Margaret Fuller and the Sacred Marriage, a groundbreaking multimedia group exhibition held in conjunction with the Margaret Fuller Bicentennial. 

The exhibition runs from May 23rd – June 20th with a reception and celebration of Fuller’s 200th birthday on Sunday, May 23, at 6:00 pm, including a Mask Tale Performance by Suzanne Benton.  

What does the female prototype of the 21st century look like?  What are her characteristics?  How will we recognize her presence in our lives?  

Woman in the 21st Century: Margaret Fuller and the Sacred Marriage seeks to answer these questions as it explores the coding and iconography surrounding the re-emergence of the “sacred marriage” (hieros gamos) archetype foreseen by Margaret Fuller in Woman in the Nineteenth Century.  “This exhibition is a culmination of a decade spent chronicling a new movement,” says curator Lisa Paul Streitfeld, a former newspaper critic.  “I want to share with the public my surprise and delight of Margaret Fuller’s genius in placing the “sacred marriage” archetype into the American canon.  She broke through the barriers of time in order to make an empowering mythology real for women.” 

Fuller’s trademarked "Conversations" will be revived in the gallery as a method of chronicling the historicity and living presence of this 21st century icon: 

                June 05, 4pm; Kate Millett The Sacred Marriage in the American Canon 

                June 11, 7pm; Jessica Lipnack: The Sacred Marriage in the 1960s

                June 12, 4pm; Elinor W. Gadon The Sacred Marriage in Antiquity

                June 19, 4pm; Aldo Tambellini: The Sacred Marriage in the 21st Century 

There will be a Collaborative Performance Painting at the closing reception on June 20, from 2 – 5 pm. 

The exhibition will include 32 artists covering a full range of media: Carl Apfelschnitt, Josef Astor, Vincent Baldassano, Suzanne Benton, Dianne Bowen, Dove Bradshaw, Laurel Jay Carpenter, Walter M. Crump, Linda DiGusta, Rikki Ducornet, Harlan E. Gruber, Heide Hatry, Selma Karaca, Renee Kahn, Marni Kotak, Yuliya Lanina, Michael Manning, Kate Millett, Richard Move, Francine McGivern, Aaron Olshan, Tanya Ragir, Grace Roselli, Daniel Rothbart, Carolee Schneemann, Nancy Spero, Tatyana Stepanova, Aldo Tambellini, Marina Tsesarskaya, May Wilson, Martha Wilson and Mark Wiener. 

Pierre Menard Gallery                                                                                                                       10 Arrow Street, Cambridge, MA 02138                                                                                             617-868-2033                                                                                                                                          pierre@pierremenardgallery                                                                                                                www.pierremenardgallery.com

Gallery Director: Andrea Kalinowski          






In 2010-2011, the Margaret Fuller Bicentennial offered the Conversations Series, modeled after the "Conversations" that Margaret Fuller offered for women (and later men) in Boston in the late 1830s and early 1840s. Each focused on a different aspect of Fuller’s thinking and took place in a venue connected with her.

Time for conversation followed the presentations. The goal of the series was to engage people in thinking about how the issues that concerned this trailblazing woman relate to our lives today. The traveling display, “Why Margaret Fuller Matters,” was available for viewing at most of the Conversations.

These programs were supported in part by grants from Mass Humanities and the Fund for Unitarian Universalism.

Saturday, May 15, 2010, 2 PM. “Why Margaret Fuller Matters to Young Women Today” at Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House, where Fuller was born, with Laurie Crumpacker, Professor of History and Department Chair, Simmons College. Co-sponsored by Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House and the Cambridge Women’s Heritage Project.

Sunday, May 16, 2010, 2 PM. "Margaret Fuller in Groton: Shaping a Life, Framing a Mind" at First Parish Church, Unitarian Universalist, Groton, which is co-sponsoring the event. Panel discussion with Marcia Synnott, Professor of History, University of South Carolina; the Rev. Dr. Dorothy Emerson, co-chair, Margaret Fuller Bicentennial; and Fritz Fleischmann, Professor of English, Babson College.

Saturday, June 19, 2010, 6:30 PM. “Portraying Fuller and Friends on Stage” at The First Church in Belmont, Unitarian Universalist. Gala Reception and Conversation, preceding a performance of the play “The Margaret Ghost.” Conversation with playwright Carole Braverman, director Elizabeth Hunter, and Andrea Humez, who portrays Fuller in the play. $25 ticket includes the Gala, Conversation, and the play. Co-sponsored by Theatre@First.

Sunday, July 18, 2010, 1 PM. “A Celebration of the Life of Sarah Margaret Fuller Ossoli” at Mount Auburn Cemetery Bigelow Chapel. Reception, Memorial Service, and Wreath-Laying, with appearances by Jessa Piaia as Margaret Fuller, Wendell Refior as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Rob Velella as James Freeman Clarke, Dorothy Emerson as Elizabeth Peabody, Richard Smith as Henry David Thoreau, and Deborah Goss as Julia Ward Howe. Co-sponsored by Friends of Mount Auburn. July 19 is the anniversary of Fuller’s death.

Thursday, August 19, 7 PM.  “Margaret Fuller and Edgar Allan Poe: A Conversation” at the Old Manse, in Concord, with Jessa Piaia as Fuller and Rob Velella as Poe. Co-sponsored by the Old Manse. $5 admission.

Thursday, October 21, 2010, 7:30 PM. “Margaret Fuller in Italy” at First Parish Unitarian Universalist in Concord. Lecture and slideshow presented by the Rev. Jenny Rankin, based on her travels to Rome to research Margaret Fuller’s experiences in Italy and retrace her steps. Co-sponsored by First Parish and the Transcendentalist Council of First Parish.

Sunday, November 7, 2010, 3 PM. “The Radicalization of Margaret Fuller” at Arlington Street Church, Boston. “'Clouded by Secret Sin': Margaret Fuller and the Darker Side of Woman in the Nineteenth Century;” with John Matteson, Professor of English at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY, and Pulitzer Prize winning author of Eden's Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father; “Margaret Fuller and 1848: Forging a United Radical Tradition” with Daniel McKanan, Ralph Waldo Emerson Unitarian Universalist Association Senior Lecturer in Divinity at Harvard Divinity School and author of a forthcoming 200 year history of religion and radical politics in the United States, which includes Margaret Fuller’s friendship with Italian revolutionary Giuseppe Mazzini; Rev. Kim Crawford Harvie, Moderator. Co-sponsored by Arlington Street Church.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010, 12 Noon. “‘My own path leads a different course’: Margaret Fuller and her Boston Conversations” at the Boston Athenaeum, with Megan Marshall, Assistant Professor at Emerson College, and author of The Peabody Sisters: Three Women Who Ignited American Romanticism.
Co-sponsored by the Boston Athenaeum.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011, 6 PM. “What Margaret Fuller Did for Feminism” at Max & Dylan’s Restaurant, 13 West Street, Boston, former site of the Peabody Book Room where Fuller held her Conversations. Keynote speaker is Phyllis Cole, Professor at Penn State, Brandywine, and author of Mary Moody Emerson and the Origins of Transcendentalism. Opening remarks by Megan Marshall, Assistant Professor at Emerson College, with an appearance by Jessa Piaia portraying Margaret Fuller, a slide show by Lynn Hyde “Preservation of the Peabody Book Room,” and a review of the 18-month Bicentennial by Dorothy Emerson. Dinner tickets, $50.