By Edith Guerrier
The tale of the lifestyles and a number of other careers of Edith Guerrier, who embodied the beliefs of the "New girls" in turn-of-the century the United States
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Almost as soon as her father gave up the struggle of trying to make a home for her, she took on the task of trying to make a home for him, which became increasingly difficult as he declined in health and spirits. Her search for home finally ended in 1915 with the building of the Paul Revere Pottery on Nottingham Hill. " Both young women of native stock who migrated to the city from declining farms and young women immigrants from Nova Scotia and Europe found themselves on their own. They could not depend on families with limited incomes to support them, nor did they always see marriage as a viable economic solution.
5 Despite the uncharitable, but unfortunately rather representative judgments cited above, social reformers, philanthropists, and young people looking for a meaningful calling flocked to the North End: Pauline Agassiz Shaw, Helen Osborne Storrow, women volunteers from the Associated Charities, and the Edith Guerriers of the working world came to provide social services, various kinds of vocational instructionand often the money to pay for themand role models. In 1879 a group of women volunteers had established the North End Industrial Home as a settlement house to provide classes in sewing and laundry.
An obituary in the Boston Transcript, written by Guerrier, commended her old friend as "a master craftsman known ... " 34 Born in Nova Scotia in 1872, Edith Brown had come to Boston to attend the Museum School, from which she graduated in 1895, then stayed on to work as a teacher of drawing and design. She also developed some small reputation as an illustrator, her first published drawings appearing in a periodical called The Churchman in 1899, and later in children's books. In 1907 she became interested in pottery and was chiefly responsible for the development of the Paul Revere Pottery, serving as its director, as well as the director of the school of ceramics that grew up around it, until she died.
An independent woman: the autobiography of Edith Guerrier by Edith Guerrier