Eliza Cabot Follen Honored in Lexington

Eliza FollenCome celebrate one of our founders!
May 15 and 18

“Something Is Being Done,” the first monument in Lexington to celebrate the economic, political, intellectual, social, and cultural contributions made by women, will be opened to the public in May 2024. Eliza Follen is one of the women featured in the monument designed by sculptor Meredith Bergmann. Information and tickets about the opening events on May 15 and May 18 are here. Curious to learn more? Read more about the life of Eliza Follen and see a list of her writings.

One more note: Eliza Follen and her son, Charles Christopher Follen, are buried in Mount Auburn Cemetery, along with other members of the Cabot family. You can find the location if you search the Mount Auburn Cemetery website, but there is no headstone because they were buried in an underground tomb. (There is an in-ground granite slab that reads: Cabot, but it is very hard to find.)  Anne Engelhart and Carolyn Kingston would be happy to show you the gravesite if you’re interested.


More from the Organizers:

On May 15, 2024, LexSeeHer and our Town will kick off a weeklong celebration of the unveiling of the Town’s first Women’s Monument and you’re invited!

There are various SPECIAL Children’s events throughout the week. No RSVP needed, just come!

All Events: All events are free and open to the public

All the “First Look” at the Monument events can be found here: https://www.lexseeher.com/firstlook.

Wednesday, May 15

  • Unveiling Ceremony– Wed. May 15th from 10:30 – 11:30 am, Visitors Center Lawn. Limited number of tickets are left; get on public waiting list via this link:  https://www.lexseeher.com/firstlook. You can also watch our Livestream that day at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5zhh6xW7rs
  • Guided Tours of the Monument– Wed. May 15th at 2:00 and 3:00 pm, Visitors Center Lawn
  • Children’s Activities– Wed. May 15th from 3:00 – 4:30pm, Visitors Center Lawn – Abbott’s Frozen Custard (starting at 3:15pm), entertainment (starting at 3:30pm) and children’s activities and crafts the entire time

Friday, May 17

  • Open House: LexSeeHer Under the Stars and enjoy our Cookie Tower (starts at 2pm) and Dessert Bar (starts at 5:00pm)– Fri. May 17th drop in anytime between from 2:00 – 8:00 pm, Visitors Center Lawn
  • 2:00 pm Guided Tour
  • 3:00 pm Guided Tour
  • 2:00 – 5:00pm Children’s Activities
  • 5:30 – 8:00 – Grab dinner at a local restaurant and bring it to the Tent to enjoy the company of fellow Lexingtonians and the awe-inspiring presence of the new Monument. We’ll be providing an array of delectable desserts  in a Cookie Tower and Dessert Bar  for everyone to savor. We’ll pay tribute to Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, an astrophysicist and distinguished resident of Lexington whose groundbreaking discoveries revolutionized our understanding of the cosmos, with a variety of astronomy and STEAM-related activities for all ages to enjoy. It’s a fantastic opportunity for families, friends, and neighbors to come together and appreciate the intersection of science, culture, and history in our town.

Saturday, May 18

  • 1:15 – Dance Performances
  • 2:00 – Dedication Day with the sculptor Meredith Bergmann – you can watch our Livestream at: at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4pbCXQJE0k
  • 3:00  – Dance Performances
  • 3:00 – 5:00 – Children’s Activities

Volunteers Needed:

With 350+ guests coming to the Ceremony, we urgently need volunteers to help with that event and other activities in our weeklong celebration. Here’s the link to the Signup Genius with all the dates and times help is needed:

Volunteer Sign-Up:  https://tinyurl.com/LexSeeHerMonument

We hope you’ll both volunteer for and come to some of our MONUMENT-al events starting May 15th!