(November 29, 2021) The Maryland Women’s Heritage Center and the William G. Pomeroy Foundation will come together for the unveiling of a fourth historical marker in the state that honors Maryland’s suffragists. The celebration, in collaboration with the Historical Society of Carroll County, will take place on December 4, 2021 and honors Mary Bostwick Shellman, a Westminster community activist and suffragist.
Mary Shellman was the first president of Carroll County’s Just Government League. Beyond her suffrage work, Shellman was known for advocating for better care for county almshouse residents, as well as working on behalf of the county’s Civil War veterans.
In 1868, she organized Carroll County’s first Memorial Day observance and served as its master of ceremonies for many years. Read about her lasting legacy in Carroll County.
Shellman’s home at 206 East Main Street, where the Just Government League often met, still stands and is the Historical Society of Carroll County’s headquarters.
The marker unveiling will take place at 1:00 p.m. at 210 East Main Street. The Historical Society of Carroll County will also introduce their new Executive Director, Jason Illari. This is a free celebration and the public is welcome.
These markers put Maryland on the map since they become part of the National Votes for Women Trail. The MWHC represents Maryland on the National Collaborative of Women’s History Sites, which manages the National Votes for Women Trail.
Parking is available behind their building and on the street.
Please contact MWHC Executive Director Diana Bailey or call (443) 996-1788 for further information.