THE COMPELLING STORY IS AT LAST REVEALED!

Finding Kate

The Unlikely Journey of 20th Century
Healthcare Advocate Kate Macy Ladd

By Meryl Carmel

While the Gilded Age is dominated by figures such as Rockefeller, Carnegie, and Vanderbilt, their wives and daughters often lived behind closed curtains, staying well out of public view everywhere but the society pages.

Standard Oil heiress Kate Macy Ladd seems, on the surface, to have followed in this tradition. But a deeper look at her life reveals a woman who was fiercely committed to the welfare of ordinary people, and who ultimately became a medical philanthropist with her creation of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation. This organization is well-known today for its commitment to improving the education of healthcare professionals.

Spanning two centuries and based on her bare-bones memoir as well as family diaries, letters, and reminiscences, Finding Kate: The Unlikely Journey of 20th Century Healthcare Advocate Kate Macy Ladd reveals one woman’s life of faith, charity, and resilience.

$14.95

Fall 2019 Book Happenings

Follow this space to track Meryl’s upcoming events

Thursday, October 3, 7:30 p.m. The Chester Lioness Club, Lamplighter Restaurant, 190 West Main Street, Chester, NJ.

Join Meryl and members of the Chester Lioness Club for dinner and a behind the scenes book talk and signing at the Lamplighter Inn. The community is invited to attend; dinner price is $20. Contact Holly for more information:

Sunday, October 6, 1:30 p.m. Randolph Library, 28 Calais Rd., Randolph, NJ

Learn about the inspiring life of Kate Macy Ladd of Natirar. A Power Point lecture illustrated by more than sixty slides, featuring family photographs, many well over a century old will be followed by a book signing. Register by calling 973-895-3556

Thursday, October 17, 7 p.m. Brookside Library, 2 West Main Street, Brookside, NJ

Meryl will discuss Kate’s years in New York City and at Natirar in Far Hills in the peaceful ambiance of the Brookside Library. She looks forward to sharing Macy and Ladd family photographs and memorabilia to help bring Kate’s story to life. A book signing will follow. Register at www.mendhamtwplib.org

Wednesday, November 6, 6:30 p.m. Peapack and Gladstone Library, P and G Municipal Complex, 1 School Street, Peapack, NJ

Join Meryl just down the road from Natirar for a Finding Kate book talk. Registration opens August 23: 908-458-8440 or visit Events Calendar: www.sclsnj.libnet.info/events

The author welcomes the opportunity to meet and discuss “Finding Kate” at local events including book groups and private coffees or teas. To create your own book happening contact her at [email protected]

Bernardsville Library, Thursday, May 16, 7 p.m. 1 Anderson Hill Road, Bernardsville, N.J.

Join Meryl for a lecture & book signing and learn more about Kate’s early family life, life at Natirar with her husband, Walter Graeme Ladd, and her role as a healthcare advocate. The inspiring story of Kate Macy Ladd is told through an informative Power Point lecture illustrated with more than sixty slides, featuring family photographs, many well over a century old, from private collections. Please RSVP by calling 908-766-0118 or visit www.bernardsvillelibrary.org

Sunday, April 28, 3-5 p.m. St. Bernard’s Church, 88 Claremont Rd. Bernardsville, NJ

Join Meryl for a lecture, book signing, and a reception. Her presentation touches upon Kate’s early family life, life at Natirar with her husband, St. Bernard’s parishioner Walter Graeme Ladd, and her role as a healthcare advocate. The talk will take place in St. Bernard’s Episcopal Church surrounded by stained glass windows donated by the Ladds. “Finding Kate” is told through an informative Power Point lecture illustrated with more than fifty slides, featuring family photographs, many well over a century old, from private collections. Please RSVP by April 25th by calling 908-766-0602 or email [email protected]

Coming this spring, Sunday afternoons in the mansion house and grounds at Natirar!

Meryl and fellow historian Barry Thomson will share the storied history of Natirar and local estate homes in a special three part series. Feel free to select from the following programs:

Program 1: A Closer Look at the Life of Kate Macy Ladd

Sunday, May 5th 3-4:30 p.m.

Take advantage of the unique opportunity to relax and enjoy the ambiance of Kate’s Natirar mansion house, as Meryl reveals her story through an image rich lecture and conversation about the original owners of Natirar.

Program 2: A Peek Behind the Scenes at Natirar

Sunday, June 2nd 3-4:30 p.m.

Join Meryl and Barry for a walking tour and inside look at Natirar, enhanced through a lecture about the lives of Kate and Walter Graeme Ladd and their magnificent property.

Program 3: Introducing Great Country Estates of the Somerset Hills

Sunday, June 30th 3-4:30 p.m.

Barry Thomson will present an illustrated talk about the great country estates that were built in the Somerset Hills during the “Country House Era”… the decades from the 1870s to the start of World War II.

Meryl and Barry will be available for book signings following each event.

Individual event tickets are $40 per person plus tax.

A three program package is available for $100 per person plus tax.
To register call Natirar at 908-901-4701 or register on-line at www.natirar.com

Wednesday, March 27, noon. Clarence Dillon Public Library, 2336 Lamington Rd., Bedminster, NJ

 Join Meryl for a behind the scenes book talk and signing at the Friends Café. Macy and Ladd family photos and memorabilia will be on display to better acquaint you with Kate Macy Ladd and the inspiring story of her life. The author will also share her intriguing personal journey “Finding Kate.”

Sunday, March 31, 2-4 p.m. Chester Public Library, 250 W. Main St. Chester, NJ

Say farewell to Women’s History Month with a lecture, book signing, and tea sponsored by the Chester Historical Society. This presentation touches upon Kate’s family and Quaker heritage, her years in New York City during the latter decades of the 19th century, and her life at Natirar with Walter Graeme Ladd her husband of almost fifty years. “Finding Kate” is told through an informative Power Point lecture illustrated with more than fifty slides, featuring family photographs, many well over a century old, from private collections. To register call the Chester Library at 908-879-7612.

Coming this spring, Sunday afternoons in the mansion house and grounds at Natirar! 

Take advantage of a unique opportunity to relax and enjoy the ambiance of Kate’s Natirar mansion house, as Meryl reveals her story through an image rich lecture and conversation.

 

A lecture, walking tour, and inside peek at Natirar presented by Meryl and local historian and author Barry Thomson. They will share insights about the Ladds and Natirar and the significance of their magnificent property.

Stay tuned for further details and ticketing information.

PHOTO: An Early Unlikely Journey for Kate, Traveling to the American West in 1878

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