Pomeroy Historical Marker Dedication Ceremony and Fundraiser

All are invited to the Pomeroy Historical Marker Dedication Ceremony at 5 p.m., Thursday, August 26, 2021 at Lake Erie College (LEC) to honor former College President Mary Evans and her work with the suffrage movement. The dedication ceremony and events will be held outside of historic College Hall and in the building’s Social Parlor. LEC is located at 391 W. Washington St., Painesville, OH 44077. A fundraiser will follow across the street at the Candoren Guest House at 6 p.m.

Thanks to the efforts of Dr. Katharine Delavan, Dean of the School of Education, LEC is installing its first Pomeroy Historical Marker honoring Mary Evans, who was LEC’s first president after receiving its charter. At the dedication, guests will meet Mary Evans through an historical interpretation presented by Women in History, along with Frances Jennings Casement as interpreted by alum Alexandra Strawbridge ‘21. The dedication also includes the unveiling of three interpretive signs and the Women’s Rights Walkway. This will be the first step in installing suffrage displays and signage along the paths at LEC. RSVP at www.lec.edu or the link below for the dedication and events.

Tours of College Hall will include a scavenger hunt to learn new facts about LEC and win prizes. Guests are encouraged to dress in suffrage era attire for a costume contest and there will be a vintage photo booth. Guests will also meet Sojourner Truth and Lucretia Mott as they mingle among the crowd.

Following the dedication and LEC events, all are invited to walk across Mentor Avenue at 6 p.m. to continue their historic evening at Candoren Guest House with events including a Champagne Tea fundraiser. House tours with free tea, lemonade and biscuits will be offered for everyone. There will also be treats for sale to enjoy a picnic on the lawn.

Tickets for the luxurious Champagne Tea at 6:30 p.m. are $75 each, including a menu of tea sandwiches, delicate savories, scones and sweets along with a selection of teas and sparkling wine. Guests will be seated in the historic living room at Candoren, set with vintage china, crystal and linens. A short program will feature an exclusive sneak peek at the 2022 interpretive signs for the women’s rights walkway and upcoming events for the project. Make your Champagne Tea reservations through the link below before 4 p.m. on Wednesday, August 25, 2021.

All funds raised will go to support the work of LEC with its Women’s Rights displays and programming as they preserve this important historic treasure.

For more information, please contact Dr. Katharine Delavan at 440-375-7389 or kdelavan@lec.edu to RSVP to the dedication.