The Perinton Historical Society will host “The Legacy of Lillian Wald” as presented by Patricia Corcoran at 7 p.m. on Sept. 18 at the Fairport Historical Museum, 18 Perrin St.
The story of Lillian Wald describes a life of activism, dedication and accomplishment. She was a nurse, teacher, social worker, author, suffragist, child advocate, trade unionist and immigrant rights leader — in every aspect of her life, she was a pioneer. She founded the Visiting Nurse Service of New York and the Henry Street Settlement in New York City.
Wald considered Rochester her home and is buried with her family in Mount Hope Cemetery. She was a prolific writer and her words hold significance in today’s world.
Corcoran is a graduate of LeMoyne College and earned a master’s degree from SUNY Brockport. After teaching two years in Corning, she went to Turkey in the Peace Corps and taught English in a public school for gifted children. After leaving Turkey, Corcoran arrived in Rochester and began her 30-year career as an English as a second language teacher in the Rochester City School District.
After her retirement, Corcoran was the acting director of the graduate TESOL program at Nazareth College and an adjunct instructor at SUNY Geneseo, St. John Fisher College and Nazareth College. She is vice president of the Friends of Mount Hope and is a tour guide.
This presentation is the first of many appearing at the Fairport Historical Museum this fall. This event is free and open to the public. To learn more about the Fairport Historical Museum and its other programs, visit or call (585) 223-3989.