Did you know that in 1971 the US Congress designated AUGUST 26th as "Women's Equality Day"? That date was selected to commemorate the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. This was a the culmination of a massive civil rights movement which began in 1848 at the first women's right convention in Seneca Falls, NY

Women in American History was an extensive project exhibited in New York and Chicago, which explored the contributions of our founding mothers. Throughout the timeframe Patter Hellstrom visited New York, New Jersey, Washington DC and Philadelphia creating rubbings of historic sites that honor heroic American women for their leadership and courage. The graphite rubbings were incorporated into works on canvas. These works were over-painted with acrylic paint. The Geraldine Dodge foundation and St. Peter’s Preparatory School supported the project.

List of Monuments Visited

New York
Susan B. Anthony Home - Rochester
Susan B. Anthony Grave site - Rochester
National Women's Rights Park - Seneca Falls
National Women's Hall of Fame - Seneca Falls
Elizabeth Cady Stanton Home - Seneca Falls
Wesleyan Chapel - Seneca Falls
Seneca Falls Urban Cultural Park -Seneca Falls
Harriet Tubman Monument - Auburn
Lydia Ludington Monument - Carmel
Trail of Ludington ride - Ludington to Carmel
National Historic Site Val-Kill, Home of Eleanor Roosevelt - Hyde Park
National Historic Site - Home of F.D.R. and Museums (for both) - Hyde Park
Brown Building, site of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire - Manhattan

Washington D.C.

Frances Perkins Building - Dept. of Labor
National Red Cross Building -dedicated to the women of the Civil War
Jane Delano Monument
Capital Building
Suffrage Monument plus Statues of : Esther Morris, Dr. Sabin, Maria Sanford, Frances Willard,
Mother Joseph, and Jaenette Rakin
The National Museum of Women in the Arts
Sewall-Belmont House (National Women's Party Headquarters - Alice Paul)
Nuns in the Battlefield Monument
Plaque to honor Julia Howe
Women's Vietnam War Memorial
Headquarters of the Daughters of the American Revolution
Amelia Earhart's Plane - Air & Space Museum


Plaque honoring Dorothea Dix - Harrisburg State Hospital
Grave of Molly Pitcher - Carlisle

Betsy Ross House
Sarah Frankilin Bache grave
Dolley Payne Todd (Madison) House
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, works by Anna, Margaretta & Sarah Peale
plus paintings by graduate, Mary Cassatt & instructor, Cecilia Beaux
Plaque honoring Frances Ellen Harper, African American Women's Rights Activist
Plaque honoring Meta V.W. Fuller, African American Sculptor
Medical College of Pennsylvania, First Medical School for Women
Woodlands Cemetery, grave site of Mary Grew
Woodlands Cemetery, grave site of Alice Fisher
Alice Fisher Memorial

Sisters in Spirit at Federal Hall - Wall Street NYC 2002 solo exhibition by Patter Hellstrom Federal Hall ~ Wall Street NYC Installation (click to open)