It is with great sadness that the BWHT has to announce the passing of Polly Wells Kaufman on January 22, 2022.
Polly Welts Kaufman was one of the founding members of the Boston Women’s Heritage Trail. She was the leading author of all the versions of the BWHT guidebook. Polly was the former program director of elementary and middle school libraries for the Boston Public Schools. She lived in Maine and taught history at the University of Southern Maine. Ms. Kaufman developed women’s history trails in Portland and Brunswick.
Polly was a Fulbright lecturer in American studies in Norway,.She developed a walking trail to statues of named women in Oslo which was printed in both Norwegian and English.
Polly was co-editor of the book: Her Past Around Us: Interpreting Sites for Women’s History. She was also the author of National Parks and the Woman’s Voice: A History; Boston Women and City School Politics, 1872-1905; and Women Teachers on the Frontier.