Known as the “Audubon of Botany,” Philadelphia Quaker Mary Morris Vaux Walcott (1860–1940) was a gifted artist, whose stunning watercolors comprise a catalog of North American wildflowers. Walcott was catapulted to the highest levels of society and national politics by a late and bold marriage to the secretary of the Smithsonian Institute. Along with an early (1887) transcontinental travelogue, never-before published correspondence with fellow Quaker and First Lady Lou Henry Hoover, and Commissioner Mary Walcott’s reports for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, this biography reveals rich intersections of history, religion, politics, women’s studies, science, and art during the transformative times in which she lived. Walcott, and other intrepid women like her, who sought escape from Victorian social conventions and opportunity for adventure and self-expression in the American West, were gifted artists, writers, and historians. Learn about this extraordinary individual from Marjorie G. Jones, author, The Life of Mary Vaux Wolcott.
Marjorie G. Jones is a graduate of Wheaton College, Norton, Massachusetts, and the Rutgers School of Law. She earned an M.A. in Historical Studies at the Graduate Faculty of the New School in New York City. A member of the Writing Women’s Lives seminar in NYC, Marjorie lives with her husband in Philadelphia, PA.