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Book Announcement - Hidden Gems: Margaret Getchell LaForge by Stephanie Forshee

Monday, July 17, 2023 - 10:15

Not my usual sort of book post! Those who have followed this blog for a very long time may recall that I've been posted edited versions of the Civil War diaries of Abiel Teeple LaForge, my great-great-grandfather. Hidden Gems: Margaret Getchell LaForge by Stephaie Forshee is about the amazing and talented woman who later married him: Margaret Getchell (LaForge), who was a top executive of Macy's Department Store.

Stephanie Forshee is creating a series of books aimed at young readers that focus on American business women who deserve to be more widely known. My family has supported her book about Margaret with documents, images, and leads on further information and we're delighted to see the final result. I wrote a foreword for the book, which is how my name comes to appear in a book review published in The Business Journals.

Later books in the series will cover Anna Sutherland Bissell (of carpet cleaner fame) and Maggie Lena Walker (the first African American woman to charter a bank and to become a bank president). If you know of a library or school that would appreciate books on pioneering American business women, point them at this series.

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