Mary J. Taylor

Mary J. Taylor (1808–1875) was a Quaker deeply committed to caring for the poor, the neglected, the outcasts, and the unprotected—particularly women and children. She helped found and manage the Home for the Friendless and The Children’s Home. She was a vocal advocate for female prisoners and embraced the cause of Temperance. Although her own life was marred by personal tragedy, she found ways to make her world a better place.

This 25-minute presentation was given at the Heritage Village Museum as part of their First Person Program Series.

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Quakers: That of God in Everyone

Although many people are familiar with Quakers such as William Penn, Susan B. Anthony, and Johns Hopkins, other Quakers—including many who settled in the Midwestern United States—impacted society in significant ways, including fighting to abolish slavery, helping to rebuild after war, and participating in the Civil Rights Movement. This feature-length documentary will introduce you to the dramatic untold stories of those who helped change the course of American history by seeing that of God in everyone.


Just Among Friends

This presentation on the history of Quakerism and Cincinnati Friends Meeting was given to the Indian Hill Historical Society.


Quaker Weddings

This video was presented at the 2021 Festival of Faiths held in Cincinnati. It describes some of the underlying principles behind Quaker wedding traditions, and includes the photos, memories, and perspectives of several members of Cincinnati Friends Meeting who were married in the manner of Friends.