AUBURN — Anne B. Gass will present the career of her great-grandmother, who campaigned for the right of women to vote.

The talk will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, at the Androscoggin Historical Society, 2 Turner St.

Gass, the author of “Voting Down the Rose: Florence Brooks Whitehouse and Maine’s Fight for Woman Suffrage,” is a direct descendent of the women’s rights activist, Florence Brooks Whitehouse. The book title names the rose as a symbol of the women who opposed women’s suffrage.

Gass is a graduate of Reed College and received a master’s degree from the University of Maryland. She authored an article on the subject in the Maine History journal and regularly lectures on Maine suffrage history, including at conferences, historical societies and libraries.

In her professional life, Gass has continued her great-grandmother’s activist tradition. She is the founder and principal of ABG Consulting, a small business devoted to supporting nonprofits, local and state governments, and foundations in their efforts to help people in need build stable, productive lives. Her clients create affordable housing and provide services that help people who are low income, homeless or refugees, or those who have been incarcerated or have a mental illness.

The talk is free of charge, but donations are welcomed. An elevator is available at the Court Street entrance of the County Building, where the society meets.


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