Please join us as we honor Annie Jump Cannon, the renowned Astronomer from Dover, as we name our SouthGallery in her honor. “Miss Cannon” will be present for you to meet.
We are pleased that Linda Chatfield will be our interpreter as we learn about one of Dover's most famous women. Annie spent her life naming the stars. She was born here in Dover on December 11 and first saw the stars up close with her mother in their State Street home. Annie's home was recently placed on the Register of Historic Places and a bronze plaque was installed this year for all visitors to easily locate her residence, click here: 34 South State St. Dover, DE 19901.
Annie accomplished amazing feats as a young, hearing impaired woman who made tremendous strides in the scientific field at a time when women were not readily received in jobs or positions outside the domestic arena or normal social roles designated for most women of the era.
To learn more about her, we suggest you start with either Wikipedia or this link.
Linda Chatfield comes to us with a wealth of experience in additional to being an accomplished artist, whose work you will find in the Mabel Lloyd Ridgely Gallery located in Parke Greene Galleries, she has created more than a dozen living history personae over the past 30 years. Linda has performed as First Lady Dolley Madison, art patron Louisine Havermeyer, abolitionist and author Lydia Maria Child, indentured servants, a town gossip, planter's wife, and sixties diner waitress emerge from time to time in settings like the Baltimore City Life Museum, Baltimore Museum of Art, Hale Living History Farm (Ohio), the Dickinson Plantation.
Linda holds a BFA from Boston University and an MS Education from Delaware State University. She has worked as a curator, costumer, educator, interpreter as well as Executive Director of three museums in Delaware, New York, and Maryland.
"Miss Cannon" is scheduled to do a short talk at 2:15PM on December 10 during our Gallery dedication and birthday celebration. Check our events page for the full schedule. For information, please call 302.674.1787.