Notable Women in San Mateo County History
In the 19th century, Abigail Parrott was known for her charitable work from her Baywood estate in San Mateo. She served meals to 300,000 homeless people.
Sybil Easterday achieved fame as one of California’s earliest professional sculptors. This rebellious Coastside artist scandalized her Victorian contemporaries by daring to work in trousers, flannel shirts and men’s shoes.
Pansy Abbott started teaching in San Mateo at age 18. In 1925, she became San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools, a position she held for more than 25 years.
Helen Lengfeld was nationally recognized for her volunteer work during World War II as she traveled all over the country organizing women’s volunteer organizations. A star golfer, she organized the Pacific Women’s Golf Association in 1947.
Costuming for the reenactors will come from the Museum’s education department clothing collection. It is called the “Millie Collection” by the Auxiliary in honor of its founder Millie Hagstrom. Members of the public are encouraged, but not required, to wear period costumes. Hats from the Millie Collection will be available to wear for the event on a first come first serve basis.
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The Cypress Lawn Heritage Foundation Board of Directors: Lewis Coleman, Charles Crocker, James C. Flood, JB McIntosh, Peter T. Pope, Richard T. Thieriot and Michael R. V. Whitman.