25 March 2014

A Woman of Character, Courage and Commitment: Kate Gleason

Among 2013 National Women’s History Month nominees was Kate Gleason. She was among the first women in the United States to practice commercial engineering.  She employed Beaufort County tradesmen on her local building projects during the deepest days of the Great Depression. To honor Gleason as a woman of character, courage and commitment, we reprise last year’s post about her below: 

Each year National Women's History Month employs a unifying theme and recognizes national honorees whose work and lives testify to that theme. The theme for 2013 is "Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination.”  Among this year's National Women’s History Month nominees is Kate Gleason, born Catherine Anselm Gleason in Rochester, NY on January 9, 1865.   Although Miss Gleason never earned her engineering degree, she practiced engineering – and employed Beaufort County tradesmen on her local building projects during the deepest days of the Great Depression. To honor Gleason’s contribution to Beaufort County, here is a short guide to resources:
Image from our Lucille Hasell Culp Collection
  • Kate Gleason was called a "Godsend" to Beaufort during the Great Depression by former Coroner Roger Pinckney. She hired local workers to build and renovate the Gold Eagle Tavern. She converted houses into apartments. Read this Beaufort Gazette article and other clippings about her in the “Gleason, Kate (1865-1933)” vertical file housed in our Research Room. 
  • Her biography, The Life and Letters of Kate Gleason by Janis F. Gleason, is available in the BDC and all branch our branch library local history sections. Call # B GLE  
  • With the proper passwords, you can even learn about her through our subscription databases!  See your branch library staff for details on how to access our online research resources.  

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