At the close of the Maria Mitchell Women in Science Symposium, I found a surprise left for me. It was the item you see in this image. It shows what is supposed to be the night sky on the eve of Maria Mitchell’s discovery of her telescopic comet on October 1, 1847. It was given to me by someone who I have to come to know over the years for her love of Maria Mitchell and her work to complete a picture book about Maria – What Miss Mitchell Saw – to be published in Spring 2019. I am VERY excited about the book – the author has included so much about Maria and Nantucket – including Nantucket’s amazing female population! – and I thank her for it.
I have provided a link below to Hayley Barrett’s website – the author. If you go to the illustrator’s website – the link is provided on Hayley’s website – you will find her Instagram account and some images that will be included in the book! It is very exciting.
Thank you so much, Hayley!