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Helen Farnsworth Mears

Helen Farnsworth Mears

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"Helen Farnsworth Mears" by Susan Porter Green

"Famous Wisconsin Women" by the Women's Auxiliary of the Wisconsin Historical Society



Interesting Fact:

Mears' mother, Mary Farnsworth, was Wisconsin's first published poet.

Study Questions:

  • Helen's sister, Mary, was also very talented. For what is she best known?
  • Helen's statue of Frances Willard is in the Statuary Hall. Who is Frances Willard?
  • Find a photo of the marble sculpture, "Genius of Wisconsin."

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    U.S. historical events that occurred on December 21:

    1620: The Pilgrims land at Plymouth, Massachusetts.

  • December 21

    December 21, 1872: Helen Farnsworth Mears, sculptress, was born in Oshkosh. Her artistic abilities were evident at an early age and she was encouraged by her parents. She was commissioned to create a figure, "Genius of Wisconsin," to represent the state at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Her statue of Frances E. Willard was unveiled in the Statuary Hall of the U. S. Capitol in 1905. Died: February 17, 1916.

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