New Tours Dates for September!

Hello all!

I have scheduled some new September dates for my walking tours. Book a day on my Tours page:


I’ve now broken things down into two tours: Upstairs & Downstairs and Comings & Goings.

Upstairs & Downstairs looks at class and race distinctions between the women of Boston through the years, and women’s work in general. We talk about who worked for who, what the interactions were, and where the money came from.

Comings & Goings talks about the changes brought about by the arrivals of different groups and they ways in which women connected with each other.

Each tour lasts about two hours and covers two miles. We stop for refreshments halfway and there are several opportunities for bathroom breaks.

Sign up now!

Hot Fun in the Summertime

Well, we’re midway through August and I’m trying to pack as much summering in as possible over the next couple of weeks. Driving south, driving north, sipping wine on my back porch. That’s the plan.

Come September, back to regularly scheduled programming.

Before I tell you what’s coming up, let me tell you about the fun I’ve already had this summer.

The tours were SPECTACULAR!!! I got to walk and chat with cool people who helped me shape and contextualize the strolling. No one died from heat exhaustion, though we danced on the edge.

I’ll be launching new versions of the tour in September. Join my mailing list, or follow me on Twitter or Facebook to stay up to date on developments.

As always, if you want to book a custom group tour, give me a shout:

As many of you know, SHE THE PEOPLE opens with the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence in Boston. You can imagine my excitement when I got to do an event in the Old State House, just on the other side of the window from the balcony where the Declaration was read.

Photo courtesy of the Bostonian Society

Yes, I am wearing a tricorn. It was there. What else could I do?

The event was the edition of the Massachusetts stripe to Her Flag, an amazing art project started by Marilyn Artus to celebrate the ratification of the 19th Amendment 100 years ago. She commissioned Kara Persival to design and create the stripe, and asked me to speak as she stitched.

Photo courtesy of the  Bostonian Society

Photo courtesy of the Bostonian Society

Here is the flag with the stripe stitched on:

Photo courtesy of the  Bostonian Society

Photo courtesy of the Bostonian Society

There are still 28 stripes to go. The flag is going to be huge and beautiful and displayed all over the country. Check in at the Her Flag website to get updates on when it might be near you.

Photo courtesy of the  Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts

I’ll be updating my Events listing soon with some things that are happening in September and October, as well as new tour dates. Stay tuned!

— Jen

SHE THE PEOPLE Walking Tours & Other News

Hello everyone!

First of all, I am thrilled to have gotten an amazing review of SHE THE PEOPLE in the Martha’s Vineyard Times after my appearance on the island:

‘She the People’: Author Jen Deaderick tells both a political and social story

I love the Vineyard so much!

The big news this week, though, is that I’m putting together some SHE THE PEOPLE themed walking tours of Boston and Cambridge.

The current available dates are:

Sat, June 29 - 10AM
Sat, July 6 - 10AM
Sun, July 14 - 10AM

The cost will be $15 per person, $30 to include a signed copy of SHE THE PEOPLE

Get your tickets now while the getting’s good!

I am working on making the tours accessible. A friend who uses a wheelchair is going to do a test run with me, and I’ll offer plenty of chances to sit and rest. Still, make sure that you note any accessibility requests you might have when you buy your tickets, so I am prepared.

I will also happily put together custom tours for groups. Contact me to set something up:

Schedule a Custom Tour

In other news, I’ll be participating in the Her Flag tour celebrating the anniversary of the 19th Amendment when it comes to Boston on July 25th. I’ll have more information closer to the date.

Finally, if you like making plans way in advance, I have some things coming up in October.

I’ll be speaking at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Wellesley Hills on October 24 at 7PM.

UU crowds are always lively, so it should be fun.

I’m also putting together a mini tour of the South earlier in the month, with potential stops in Atlanta, Chattanooga, Knoxville, and Nashville. I’ll keep you posted on that.

It goes without saying that if I do an event in Chattanooga, I’ll be reading from my chapter about the 1940s.

The Nicholas Brothers and Dorothy Dandridge - "Chattanooga Choo Choo" from "Sun Valley Serenade" (1941)

And I believe that’s all the news. At least for now.

As always, check out my Events page every once in a while, connect with me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter, or whatever else floats your boat.


Oh my gosh! What a whirlwind!

Last night was the fabulous launch party at Toscanini’s in Cambridge. Kathy & Chris from Belmont Books were kind enough to sell copies of SHE THE PEOPLE to the masses. People ate ice cream while I signed books and did a quick reading. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.

Gather round, children…

Gather round, children…

This morning, DAME Magazine published an excerpt, chapter 8, which talks about the explosive feminism of the early 1970s:


They also launched a giveaway of the book to five people who become members of the magazine:

So all that was cool enough, but then THIS HAPPENED:

I will never, ever recover. Ever.