Thursday, September 22

Showtime: 7:00 PM

Chautauqua Community House

$12.00 ($9.00 Concert Member)

Chautauqua Visiting Scholar Edith (Edie) Mayo has been at the forefront of interpreting women’s history for more than forty years.

Ms. Mayo will share stories from her rich career at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History (NMAH) as well as discuss the role of women and reform throughout the nation’s history and their impact on the Chautauqua Movement.

About the Speaker:

Edith Mayo is Curator Emeritus in Political History at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History (NMAH), where she worked for over forty years as a curator and historian.

At NMAH, Ms. Mayo actively collected for the Museum’s holdings in women’s history, politics, civil rights and voting rights, and strongly advocated the importance of 20th century collecting in museums. Mayo was several times elected to the National Council of the American Studies Association. Ms. Mayo taught Material Culture in a jointly-sponsored course for the Smithsonian Institution and American Studies Department at The George Washington University. She lectures widely on women’s history and the First Ladies and served for many years as a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians.

For the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History (NMAH), Mayo has conceptualized, curated and written script for major exhibitions on political history, voting rights and women’s history including: The Right to Vote (1972), a history of voting rights in America; We the People (1975) a Bicentennial exhibition on the American people and their government; We’ll Never Turn Back (1980), an exhibit on civil rights; and We the People: Winning the Vote (1987), exploring formal and informal constitutional processes [voting, campaigns, political parties] which evolved over 200 years.

Ms. Mayo conceptualized, curated and scripted a major exhibition entitled, From Parlor to Politics: Women and Reform in America, 1890-1925, examining women’s reform and politics and its impact on 20th century social policy (1990). She re-conceptualized the Smithsonian’s famous First Ladies exhibition, First Ladies: Political Role and Public Image (1992).

In 1998, Mayo curated and scripted Rights for Women, a major exhibition on woman suffrage, for the World Financial Center in New York City, celebrating the 150th anniversary of the women’s rights movement. In 1999, she was guest curator and script writer for The Pleasure of Your Company, an exhibition for the Museum of Old Salem in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Featuring an outstanding collection of privately-held White House China, the exhibit explored the political impact of the First Lady’s social role in structuring social life in the nation’s capital and crafting the image of the presidency. In 2002, she curated and scripted Enterprising Women, a national traveling exhibition on women business entrepreneurs for the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Research, Harvard University.