Historian Jim McAllister presents a lecture on Kate Butler Hathaway (1890-1942), author of the poignant memoir The Little Locksmith.
Despite a debilitating case of spinal tuberculosis, Hathaway lived a rich, well-traveled life beyond her childhood home of Salem. She transcended her physical limitations and successfully expanded her world far beyond the boundaries prescribed by her family and society. She was admitted to Radcliffe as a special student in 1910, and although she did not graduate, she was made a member of the class of 1914. Her published works include autobiography, novella, children’s stories and poetry–most notably Mr. Muffet’s Cat and Her Trip to Paris (1934), The Little Locksmith (1943), and The Journals and Letters of The Little Locksmith (1946).
Historian, photographer, author, teacher, and tour guide, McAllister founded Derby Square Tours in 1983. He has lectured extensively about the history of Salem and Boston’s North Shore and has served as an historic consultant to the City of Salem, the Hawthorne Hotel, the Peabody Essex Museum, and a host of other local organizations and institutions. He has appeared on the History Channel, the Travel Channel, Home and Garden TV, and many other television stations. His radio appearances include “All Things Considered” on National Public Radio. Learn more about Jim McAllister.