Cochran Church in Dawson to host author | Alive

As a founding event for Dawson’s 150th anniversary year, the Philip Cochran Memorial UMC will host author Kimberly Hess on Sunday, May 1 at noon.

Hess researched and wrote a compilation of the life and accomplishments of Sarah Boyd Cochran, who built and dedicated the Church in memory of her husband. Her book, “A Lesser Mortal: The Unexpected Life of Sarah B. Cochran,” represents years of focused exploration into the life and legend of this extraordinary woman who rose from humble beginnings to become incredibly wealthy and successful.

Cochran’s personal story is remarkable and came at a time when women were not considered equal to men in entrepreneurship. Yet, after tragically losing her husband and only son, she has become a major factor in the worlds of industry, women’s rights, philanthropy and education.

Hess will highlight her experiences in putting together the story of Cochran’s life and the countless tales and legends that prompted her to find, document and fact-check. She will explain the importance of keeping Cochran’s accomplishments consistent with the historical narrative of western Pennsylvania.

There is no charge for the presentation, which is open to the public.

A meet and book signing will take place after the presentation, with a limited number of books available for purchase. “A Lesser Mortal” is also available on Amazon and at the Greater Tri-Town Area Historical Society, 203 Howell St., Dawson.

The church is located at 209 Griscom St., Dawson.

Lola R. McClure