Talk on "Kate Gleason," A Most Influential Woman

Recently I was honored to serve on the Beaufort Gazette panel selecting the "Nine Most Influential Beaufortonians" to celebrate Beaufort's 300th birthday on January 17th. It was very difficult to pare down 27 original nominees to 9 finalists. One of the original 27, Kate Gleason, is the topic of the next Beaufort County Historical Society meeting on Feb. 10th.

The original nomination read: Kate Gleason — Catherine Anselm "Kate" Gleason (November 25, 1865 - January 9, 1933) was an American engineer and businesswoman known both for being a revolutionary in the predominantly male field of engineering and for her philanthropy. Her father was the owner of a machine tool company, later named Gleason Works, which later became (and still is) one of the most important makers of gear-cutting machine tools in the world. She moved to Beaufort in 1926, where she built the Gold Eagle Tavern, developed Colony Gardens on Lady's Island and was a main benefactor for the opening of Beaufort Memorial Hospital.

Beaufort County Historical Society is hosting Janis Gleason on February 10th. She will speak on the Life and Letters of Kate Gleason at Noon at the Beaufort Yacht & Sailing Club, Meridian Rd., Beaufort, SC.

About the Author

Grace Cordial has been responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Beaufort District Collection at the Beaufort County Library since 1999.  The Beaufort District Collection exists to acquire, preserve, maintain and make accessible a research collection of permanent value which records the history, culture, and environment of our part of the South Carolina lowcountry.  Besides the research room, Cordial manages the “Virtual BDC:” the BDC web pages, the Online Obituary Index, two digital collections, a new BDC.BCL Facebook page, and the Connections blog.  
Among her duties is to coordinate or present programs about local history, Gullah culture, and our coastal environment, including occasional instructional sessions about how to perform historical and/or genealogical research.