Julia Dorr, Library founder, honored

Rutland Sculpture Trail to honor author, local leader and philanthropist Julia Dorr

Mary Moran, Mary Powell and Joan Gamble fund ninth artwork

Julia C.R. Dorr, author, community leader, and philanthropist, is to be honored with a sculpture at Rutland Free Library. She founded the Rutland Free Library and the Grace Congregational Church’s women’s cultural group, Fortnightly, which she led for 33 years

Dorr, a prolific prose and poetry writer, was among the most acclaimed female writers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  Her work drew the interest and friendship of distinguished authors including Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Oliver Wendall Holmes, and Ralph Waldo Emerson, who she hosted in Rutland.  She was an early and strong advocate for women’s education and rights, and a Rutland community leader.

Now, she will be recognized with a marble statue, the ninth of the Rutland Sculpture Trail series, on the front lawn of the Library, overlooking downtown Rutland.

See the Julia Dorr sculpture trail press release here.