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Margaret Burnham collection, 1808-1995

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Collection Scope and Content

This collection includes an obituary, poems, a sermon from Oliver Ellsworth, photographs, a beaded bag, and an invitation to the Constitutional Centennial Celebration.

Biographical/Historical Note

Margaret Burnham was born in Falmouth, Maine to George and Alice Greenleaf Ellsworth Burnham. She attended Waynflete School in Portland and was a graduate of Madeira School in Greenway, Virginia and Smith College. During World War II, she was a volunteer driver for the Red Cross. A philanthropist and poet, Burnham was a longtime supporter of the Falmouth Memorial Library and other local organizations. She wrote poetry for many years, some of which was published in The State Streeter, the bulletin of the State Street Church. She died in 1994 at the age of 91.