Newly Formed St. Mark’s History Club


Katie Eichler

I am Katie. I am Pastor to Children, Youth, and Families at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Houston, TX. As a student at Perkins School of Theology, I had the great pleasure of taking a directed study course with Dr. Priscilla Pope-Levison. It gave me the freedom to explore and read endlessly about women in the Progressive Era, and I loved it so much. When I put down a book and watched the news, I continued to be struck by how much the lives of the women I was learning about spoke directly to our current events. I found myself wondering what Ida B. Wells would say to Colin Kaepernick or if Francis Willard would have been a speaker at the Women’s March. I grieved that it took this class for me to meet these women, and I wanted to introduce them to all of my friends. Teaching my students about Anna Howard Shaw has been fabulous, and I know that we will all carry with us what we learned from her. I have learned that the power of a quick wit and ability to turn a phrase can take you far if you are also willing to work your tail off for what you believe in, especially if you are living into God’s call. I also may never recover from the glee I felt when I found out my new hero, Dr. Shaw, knew one of my oldest loves, Louisa May Alcott.


Lydia Mollhagen

I’m fifteen years old, and I’m a student at Lamar High School. Anna Howard Shaw taught me the value of recognizing each person’s worth and creating meaningful relationships with everyone you may come across.


Meredith Burks

I am thirteen years old and I go to Hogg Middle School. I love how Anna Howard Shaw’s horse disliked men. It is just perfect.


Ella Dupuy

I am a Sophomore at the High School for Performing and Visual Arts. What I am most inspired by from Anna Howard Shaw is her work ethic and perseverance.