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Auburn in Androscoggin County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)

Foss Mansion / Le Manoir Foss

Auburn, Maine

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Foss Mansion / Le Manoir Foss Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), November 11, 2021
1. Foss Mansion / Le Manoir Foss Marker
The Horatio and Ella Foss Mansion, completed in 1917, is one of the architectural "grande dames" of Auburn, blending Georgian Revival and Spanish influences. Foss owned Dingley, Foss & Company, shoe manufacturers. Ella Foss willed the home to the Woman's Literary Union (WLU) in 1941. In 1892, twenty-eight clubs joined in the WLU for the "intellectual, cultural, and educational advancement of its members and the community." They supported the settlement movement and advocated for education reform and public libraries. Many women's organizations formed in the late 1800s, providing women with political training and public influence decades before they gained the right to vote. The WLU remains active today.

La Demeure d'Horatio et Ella Foss, terminée en 1917, est l'une des « grandes dames » architecurales d'Auburn. C'est un mélange de style néo-georgian et espagnol. Foss possède les usines de chaussure Dingley, Foss & Company. Ella Foss fait donation du manoir à la Woman's Literary Union (WLU) en 1941. En 1892, vingt-hui clubs se joignent à la WLU pour « le progrès intellectual, culturel et éducatif
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de ses membres et de la communauté ». Ces clubs soutiennent l'intégration sociale, prônent le réforme de l'insruction et la création de bibliothèques. e nombreuses association de femme voient le jour à la fin du dix-neuvième siècle. Il s'agit de former les femmes à la politique et d'influencer l'opinion publique, des dizaines d'années avan l'obtention du droit de vote. La WLU reste active encore aujourd'hui.
Erected 2019 by The Museum in the Streets®. (Marker Number A8.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureArts, Letters, MusicEducationWomen. In addition, it is included in the The Museum in the Streets®: Auburn-Lewiston, Maine series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1917.
Location. 44° 5.621′ N, 70° 13.621′ W. Marker is in Auburn, Maine, in Androscoggin County. Marker is on Elm Street just west of Main Street (Maine Route 136), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 19 Elm St, Auburn ME 04210, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Edward Little House 1827 / La Maison d'Edward Little 1827 (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Development of New Auburn / Le Nouvel Auburn (about 500 feet away); River Pollution and Restoration / Pollution et Restoration de la Rivière
Foss Mansion / Le Manoir Foss Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), November 11, 2021
2. Foss Mansion / Le Manoir Foss Marker
(about 500 feet away); Great New Auburn Fire / Le Grand Incendie du Nouvel-Auburn (about 600 feet away); Lewiston Falls Academy / L'Académie de Lewiston Falls (about 600 feet away); Cities of the Androscoggin (about 700 feet away); Wabanaki History / Les Wabanaquis (about 700 feet away); Bonney Park (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Auburn.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 16, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 16, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 268 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 16, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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