Sat 3/6 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm EST
Hosted by the William Fogg Library
Film viewing with filmmaker and commentator, Dr. Anne Gordon Perry. Sarah Farmer, a dedicated supporter of the William Fogg Library, was instrumental in revitalizing the Eliot Library Association in the late 1800s. She worked diligently with Dr. John L.M. Willis and Mr. Francis Keefe to coordinate the creation and building of the William Fogg Library in 1907.
Sarah Farmer—A Life Dedicated to Peace
A short documentary video created by Anne & Tim Perry, Perry Productions
This short documentary follows the life of Sarah Farmer (1847–1916), an American activist, philanthropist and visionary whose commitment to various fields of human advancement left its mark on America’s destiny.
From her family’s distinguished role in furthering racial justice and scientific innovation, to her own contributions towards peace, racial justice, gender equality, science, arts and education, this film paints a poignant picture of Sarah’s world-embracing vision. As a woman in the 19th century—and often the only woman in the room—she created institutions and spaces where people of various walks of life could share knowledge in scientific, artistic, spiritual and humanistic fields.
Her ideals of lasting and sustainable peace led her across the world on her own path of spiritual discovery and strengthened her commitment to build Green Acre—a beautiful space in Eliot, Maine, where various philosophies and religions continue to find unified expression.
Sarah’s story, positioned against the contrasting backdrops of the wars of the early 20th century and the lush green of Maine in the spring, allow us to reflect on the legacy of a powerful visionary who harnessed both her personal challenges and her privilege to further the betterment of the world.—Nasim Mansuri, Film Reviewer