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Democrats recognize Women's History Month

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Mary Coulter, portrayed by Phyllis Belcher, was an architect in the early 1900s. She designed 21 landmark hotels for the Fred Harvey Company.

Tehachapi Mountain Democrats honored Women's History Month by inviting three historic women to speak about their lives. American Association of University Women has a group of members who research the lives of famous women and portray them at schools and service organizations. It was members of that group who came to the TMD meeting.

Phyllis Belcher was Mary Coulter, the architect for Fred Harvey Houses which were built in the early 1900s. You may have seen some of her buildings if you have ever been to the Grand Canyon. They are made of local stone and seem to cling to the edge of the canyon.

Jeannette Crounse was Levina Teerline, a painter of miniature portraits during the renaissance. She said she did not get the recognition she deserved because she was a woman. She was dressed in an elegant renaissance costume.

Diane Bergstrom was Pamela Travers, author of the Mary Poppins books. She described her philosophy which determined the kind of characters she created. She read a passage from her book about Mary Poppin's birthday party which made the audience want to hear more stories.

Tehachapi Mountain Democratic generously donated $300 to American Association of University Women for their Tech Trek program. AAUW sends middle school girls to a week-long math/science camp each summer on a college campus. The girls are chosen from Jacobsen Middle School after interviews with a panel of AAUW members.

Tehachapi Mountain Democratic Club meets the first Thursday of each month at Big Papa's Steakhouse. Dinner is ordered at 5 p.m. with the program beginning at 6 p.m. Call (661) 821-0538 for more information.


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