Yours for Humanity —Abby

What a year for Abby Kelley Foster! She was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame on October 1 and will be inducted into the National Abolition Hall of Fame on October 22! Please see the articles in this newsletter about the NWHF induction. The NAHOF induction will be in the next issue of the newsletter.

Thanks to Lynne McKenney Lydick and her many years of hard work portraying Abby Kelley Foster in Yours for Humanity —Abby. Lynne’s endless energy for YFH-A has brought Abby Kelley Foster into the national limelight again. We are very proud of Lynne and the wonderful work she does!

On September 30, Lynne portrayed her at Mynderse Academy in Seneca Falls, NY. This presentation was for the National Women’s Hall of Fame’s “Come Talk with Great Women,” a regional educational opportunity. On October 22, Lynne will perform Yours for Humanity —Abby at the National Abolition Hall of Fame inductions. On October 30, Yours for Humanity —Abby will be presented at the Gunn Memorial Library and Museum in Washington, CT. This is a special performance because 171 years ago Abby Kelley Foster was forbidden to speak in this church. On November 4, a presentation will be given for the Shrewsbury Women’s Club at the First Congregational Church in Shrewsbury. In November, there will also be four performances as part of the Worcester Public Schools’ “This is My City.”

Can you suggest venues which might like to present Yours for Humanity —Abby? For example, do you know of any schools, colleges, organizations or programs that are interested in a presentation that involves women’s rights and or abolition. The 150th anniversary of the Civil War is a great time to host YFH-A. We would love to educate as many people as we can about this unbelievable Worcester woman. Please give us information on the name of the school or organization with contact name and email or telephone number. You may call 508-767-1852 or email

Beth Harding

Published Date: 
October 6, 2011