On Sunday, September 18th, 2016 people gathered in front of a home on Western Ave. not too far from the *Lydia Pinkham factory. The home is where Lydia Pinkham once lived and where she began making her Vegetable Compound for women. Since 2001, it has been the residence of Karen and Michael Malionek, who have taken great pains to restore and preserve the home and whose work has paid off with the home being recognized as a National Historic Landmark.
National Park Superintendent Paul DePrey’s remarks –
Karen Malionek’s remarks –
Short remarks by David Solimine, Sr., who donated the granite on which the plaque was mounted –
*The Lydia Pinkham factory now serves as studio space for many artists, craftspeople and small businesses. Their annual open studios is November 19th, 2016.
Editor’s note: Posting a little later than usual after the event due to unforeseen circumstances. Also, I had not arrived with taking video in mind, so speakers are not close-mic’d. Apologies for the airplane noise as a result.