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Lecture at the MAC will trace Margaret Sanger’s Spokane connections

05-17-2017 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


Two people in Spokane played important roles in activist Margaret Sanger’s road to founding Planned Parenthood – a wealthy socialite who befriended Sanger, and a young engineer who eventually became her business partner in a contraceptives company. Sanger’s Spokane connections will be the topic of a talk on May 17 by Richard Sola, a former administrator with Eastern Washington University.

Sanger visited Spokane in 1916, part of a national tour where she gave talks on birth control and the importance of family planning. Sanger’s own mother had 11 children and seven miscarriages and the family was very poor. Her childhood prompted Sanger to become a visiting nurse on New York’s Lower East Side for a time.

In Spokane, she met Lillian Fassett and the two became friends, said Sola, who uncovered details of their friendship in never-before-seen correspondence kept by one of Fassett’s granddaughters. Fassett, in turn, introduced Sanger to Herbert Simonds, and the two went on to found a company that manufactured contraceptive diaphragms.

Sola’s presentation will examine Sanger’s 1916 speech, and is part of a series on “Spokane Scandals and Controversies” presented by the frequent lecturer on social history.

Where: Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, 2316 W. First Ave., Spokane

When: May 17, from 6:30-8 p.m.

Cost: $9, suggested donation

For more information, visit the MAC website.


6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture
2316 W. First Ave.
Spokane, WA 99201 United States
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Washington State University