New England Yearly Meeting

A community of Quakers and Quaker meetings across New England.

Book Talk & Signing


Sunday, May 20, 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm


Beacon Hill Friends House
6 Chestnut St
Boston , MA


The Beacon Hill Friends House is pleased to welcome author Elizabeth F. Fideler for a book talk on her new biography, Margaret Pearmain Welch (1893-1984): Proper Bostonian, Activist, Pacifist, Reformer, Preservationist.

In a bygone era when twentieth-century Proper Bostonians mixed Beacon Hill formalities with countryside pleasures, Margaret Pearmain Welch (1893-1984)—cofounder of Framingham Friends Meeting (Quaker) and a Beacon Hill resident for nearly 60 years—defied the mores of her social set and got away with it. She was the epitome of everything expected and much that was scandalous. Margaret was the quintessential socialite who established Waltz Evenings in her Louisburg Square drawing room and also the beauty whose marriages and divorces caused ostracism. At the same time, she worked tirelessly on women’s suffrage, reproductive rights, world peace, environmental protection, monetary reform, land conservation, and more. A descendant of seventeenth-century dissenter Anne Hutchinson and just as independent, she embraced Quaker ideals of religious tolerance, conscientious objection, and civil liberties, as well as worship without the benefit of clergy.

Elizabeth F. Fideler (EdD, Harvard University) is a Research Fellow at Boston College’s Center on Aging and Work. Liz will speak about Margaret Welch and read from her recently published book about Margaret’s life and legacy. Copies of the book will be available for sale at the event.

Contact Information


New England Yearly Meeting of Friends

901 Pleasant Street, Worcester, MA 01602

(508) 754-6760 - [email protected]