Fourth Piece of the Puzzle

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Ida_Lewis

Ultimately, I selected an image of Ida Lewis (in a dress) rowing a boat in stormy waters. Ida Lewis is officially credited with saving 18 lives, although it was probably more, and became a celebrity. She was visited by presidents and members of the women’s suffrage movement. She was even featured on the cover of “Harper’s Weekly” on July 31, 1869. In 1881, the U.S. government awarded her the Gold Lifesaving Medal. She is perhaps the most famous female lighthouse keeper; there are a few books written about her, including a children’s book, and she is almost always mentioned in books about lighthouse keepers, male or female. The image of her in a rowboat was probably well-known to the general public at the time it was released, but certainly not now. Similar to the image activities for this class, it would be interesting to show this image and ask students/tourists what they see. What do you see in the picture? Who is she? Why is she rowing in stormy waters? What is her goal? When do you think the image was created? Who do you think made it? What is in the background of the picture? What might that mean? This was a rather famous picture about a heroic woman and students and visitors probably have no idea who she is or what she is doing, which is why I chose this picture.

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