Katharine Lee Bates (1859-1929)

In 2009, Falmouth Historical Society and the Town of Falmouth are celebrating Katharine Lee Bates, educator, writer and author of “America the Beautiful”.

America the Beautiful Essay Contest

America the Beautiful

Goody Santa Claus on a Sleigh-Ride

Born in Falmouth in 1859, Katharine spent the first 12 years of her life in Falmouth before moving with her family to Wellesley Hills. She graduated from Wellesley College and went on to become head of its English Literature Department. Katharine’s legacy to us is her ability to find inspiration in the world around us, her belief in the best of people and her courage to take risks in the fight against the injustices of the world. She was a woman of her times and for all times.