Presented by author and historian Betty Trapp Chapman

Annette Finnigan—an energetic suffrage leader, astute businesswoman, and visionary philanthropist—was involved in many aspects of Houston’s development. Her contributions made a significant impact on the city, yet few Houstonians are familiar with her name.

Finnigan (1871–1940) was active in the suffrage movement in Houston and throughout Texas. After a serious illness in 1916, she adopted a less-strenuous lifestyle and became interested in world travel and in collecting works of art, rare books, and antiques. In 1931, she began donating gifts to the MFAH and Houston Public Library. Among the many works of art she donated to the Museum is a Hellenistic myrtle wreath, one of the rarest objects in the collection. Her gifts of ancient art are the foundation for the Museum’s collection of antiquities.

In this talk, Betty Trapp Chapman explores Finnigan’s life and contributions toward building a more-enlightened Houston community—a legacy continued by patrons of the arts, scholars engaged in research, and women in roles of leadership.

This program is part of “Tales of Houston Women,” a two-month collaboration between several Houston-area organizations, celebrating the ways Houston women make their mark on history. Learn more.

About the Speaker
From 1993 to 2013, Betty Trapp Chapman wrote the weekly Houston Business Journal column “Houston Heritage.” Her other published works include Two-Minute Histories of Houston; Houston Women: Invisible Threads in the Tapestry; 100 Years – 100 Stories: The Houston Public Library 1904–2004Historic Photos of Houston; and Rough Road to Justice: The Journey of Women Lawyers in Texas

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Learning and Interpretation programs receive generous funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services; MD Anderson Cancer Center; Sharon G. Dies; the Sterling-Turner Foundation; Houston Junior Woman's Club; Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo; the Kress Foundation; The Brown Foundation, Inc.; the Susan Vaughan Foundation; and additional generous donors.