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 Helen <I>Osborne</I> Storrow

Helen Osborne Storrow

Auburn, Cayuga County, New York, USA
Death 10 Nov 1944 (aged 80)
Lincoln, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Lincoln, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 120742936 · View Source
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Philanthropist. Daughter of David Munson Osborne, mayor of Auburn, New York and founder of the firm that became International Harvester; granddaughter of Martha Coffin Wright, an organizer of the 1848 Seneca Falls Women's Rights Convention. She married James Jackson Storrow, a lawyer/financier/civic leader, and was known as "the first lady of Boston" due to her generosity and hands-on efforts. She worked with immigrants, sponsoring the Saturday Evening Girls reading club and its Paul Revere Pottery. She was founder and officer of the Women's City Club of Boston (a civic organization) and the Country Dance Society, which introduced English folk dance to the United States. During the early years of the Girl Scouts movement, she was a prominent leader at the local, state, national and international levels. A collection of antique buildings that she moved to the Big E in Springfield, Massachusetts was renamed Storrowton Village after her death; she was considered a pioneer of historic preservation. Her most visible contribution to Boston was the Esplanade and the Storrow Memorial Embankment, made possible by a large donation to the city. She and her sister donated Auburn City Hall to honor their father.

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  • Created by: JCameron
  • Added: 23 Nov 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 120742936
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Helen Osborne Storrow (22 Sep 1864–10 Nov 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 120742936, citing Lincoln Cemetery, Lincoln, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by JCameron (contributor 47933948) .