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Pennsylvania historical marker honors Mildred Scott Olmsted's life of peace and freedom.

If you're traveling through Pennsylvania, you might want to stop in Rose Valley, Delaware County. There, you'll find a recently placed roadside historical marker which honors a lifetime of work by Mildred Scott Olmsted on behalf of WILPF. The first line of the marker reads, "An antiwar campaigner and women's and civil rights activist, Olmsted traveled the world on behalf of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom."

The marker is placed in front of "Thunderbird Lodge," Mildred Scott Olmsted's former home, where she and her husband Allen hosted many distinguished visitors, including Jane Addams, Martin Luther King, Jr., Bayard Rustin, George Washington Carver and many others.

Mildred Scott Olmsted (1890-1990) served WILPF in various administrative positions for over 40 years. Olmsted traveled the world on behalf of peace and freedom. In 1986, she received WILPF's first lifetime achievement award. Mildred was married to Allen S. Olmsted, II (18881977), a lawyer and former Delaware County judge. Allen served as pro bono legal counsel to WILPF and the Jane Addams Peace Association for years.

Robyn Young, Greater Philadelphia Branch, nominated Olmsted for the marker and saw the process through to its exciting dedication. Robyn notes that many enthusiastic members of WILPF, including Tina Shelton of the Greater Philadelphia Branch, and Wendy Chmielewski of the Swarthmore College Peace Collection, contacted her and helped plan the dedication ceremony and program. A few weeks after the dedication ceremony, ownership of Thunderbird Lodge was transferred to the Borough of Rose Valley by the surviving Olmsted family members. Mildred's home is now in the process of being preserved and turned into a museum by the borough.


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Publication:Peace and Freedom
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Date:Mar 22, 2016
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