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Rediscovering a woman of conscience

In her new book, Margaret Pearmain Welch (1893-1984): Proper Bostonian, Activist, Pacifist, Reformer, Preservationist, Elizabeth Fideler introduces readers to a highly accomplished woman from a bygone era. According to Fideler, Welch was a debutante, world traveler, socialite, and dancer who “defied the mores of her social set and got away with it.” Though she provoked gossip and newspaper mentions for her divorce and remarriage to a prominent Bostonian who was also divorced, Welch was a writer, lecturer, lobbyist, fundraiser, opinion shaper and indefatigable activist for women’s suffrage and land conservation, among other topics. Fideler is a trustee of the Framingham Public Library and a research fellow at the Center on Aging & Work at Boston College. Read an interview with Fideler in the Boston Globe.