The Life & Letters of Kate Gleason
by Janis Gleason
Tuesday May 10th, Greece Town Hall, 7:00 p.m., One Vince Tofany Blvd, 14612
Kate Gleason was the first woman to be accepted into Cornell’s engineering program. While she did not finish at Cornell, she is credited with helping her family’s small business grow into a nationally recognized machinery producer. During her presidency at the First National Bank of East Rochester, Gleason started eight businesses, one of which built affordable homes for working families. She continued her construction efforts while rebuilding Berkeley, Calif., and the French village of Septmonts. Kate Gleason continued the activist role of her mother, Ellen, supporting women’s suffrage and bequeathing much of her estate to philanthropic causes after her death in 1933.
Janis Gleason, a former board president of Writers & Books, is the author of this first definitive look at the life of Kate Gleason and her pioneering steps in the fields of business and engineering at a time when few women were allowed to be active in either. Her research over the past two decades has taken her from Rochester, to California, to South Carolina, and to France. Currently serving as vice president of the Gleason Family Foundation, Janis Gleason has won numerous awards for her contributions to literary arts and civic organizations. She is married to James S. Gleason, the grand-nephew of Kate Gleason and the chairman of Gleason Corp.
Following the program Mrs. Gleason will be available to autograph her new book “The Life & Letters of Kate Gleason” which will be available for sale, soft cover $19.00 – hard cover $26.00.
Reservations are NOT required. Greece Historical Society members FREE, donations are appreciated from others. For more information Call 585-225-7221 or visit the Greece Historical Society website.