Katharine Seymour Day (1870 – 1964)
Born in Hartford on May 8, 1870, Katharine Seymour Day was the daughter of prominent attorney John Calvin Day, granddaughter of Isabella Beecher Hooker and grandniece of Harriet Beecher Stowe.
While living in Europe as a young woman, Day became interested in painting. She studied the Pointillist technique in Paris and exhibited her work there. Moving to New York City in 1896, she continued to study painting and worked with the New York Women’s Municipal League to defeat Tammany Hall. In 1918, Day returned to school to study the psychology of color and its relation to the new painting techniques. At age 52, she received her Master’s degree in psychology from Radcliffe College.
In 1927, Day returned to Hartford to live in the Stowe house. That year, demolition threatened Mark Twain’s old home. To save this important landmark, Day organized the Friends of Hartford and raised the money for its purchase. Continuing to work for many causes, Day became a member of the Hartford City Planning Commission and helped establish the Children’s Museum of Hartford. At age 67, she earned her Master’s degree in history from Trinity College and established the Stowe-Day Foundation to maintain the Harriet Beecher Stowe House and Research Library.
Less than a month after her 94th birthday, Day died on June 4, 1964. Through her efforts, an important part of Hartford’s historic heritage has been preserved for future generations.
Harriet Beecher Stowe Center. Katharine Seymour Day House. Accessed at http://www.harrietbeecherstowecenter.org/visit/ksd_house.shtml on September 1, 2010.
Mark Twain’s Neighborhood Nook Farm. Katherine Seymour Day. Accessed at http://www.fingerpostproductions.com/nook_farm/pages/day.html on September 1, 2010.