Saturday Evening Girls

Immigrant artists and scholars of Boston in the early 1900s. An illustrated lecture by Dr. Dorothy E. King.

Saturday Evening Girls at the beach.

Photo courtesy of University Archives and Special Collections at UMass Boston

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present a special lecture entitled, Saturday Evening Girls: Immigrant Artists and Scholars in Boston in the Early 1900s on Saturday, May 21 at 2:00 p.m. The lecture will be presented by Dr. Dorothy E. King, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Penn State Harrisburg. Joanne Riley, archivist at UMASS Boston, and Roz Kramer, daughter of pioneer Saturday Evening Girls (SEG) researcher Barbara Kramer, will also participate. 

This program is $10 for CAM members / $20 for non-members (includes Museum admission). Space is limited; reservations required. For more information, email Tickets can be purchased by calling the museum at 978-283-0455 x10 or online at Eventbrite.

The Saturday Evening Girls was a social club organized in Boston in 1899 to assimilate young immigrant women into American culture. Girls—who met Saturday evenings—were introduced to literature, art, and history. They were also given the opportunity to make and decorate ceramics at the Paul Revere Pottery. In 1906, a summer camp was built for the girls’ use at Wingaersheek Beach in west Gloucester.

Dr. Dorothy E. King, a native of York, Pennsylvania, holds an EdD from Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. King began conducting her research on the Saturday Evening Girls in 2013. In addition to being an educator, Dr. King is a performance poet, playwright, and founder of PenOwl Productions Theater Company. 


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