As an architect working on historic buildings, I get exposed to original drawings, sometimes original specifications, and rarely correspondence between the original architect, the client, and the contractors. While working on the Patterson Center (a 1931 Colonial Revival residence with five outbuildings) located within Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum (JPMM) in St. Leonard, MD, I had the unique privilege to not only study and analyze a pioneering woman architect, Gertrude Sawyer, AIA, and her colleagues, landscape architects (also women pioneers in design), Rose Greely, FASLA and Cary Mulholland, but I got to hold in my hands Ms. Sawyer's hand-written index cards listing changes to her drawings and her correspondence with Mr. Patterson and the various contractors. It's not often one gets such a close encounter with history! When the call went out from Women in Architecture (WIA) Committee of the AIA NOVA Chapter for any help to provide to the WIA AIA Baltimore Chapter and Morgan State University for the upcoming traveling exhibit, "Early Women of Architecture in Maryland," I was more than happy to contribute. The exhibit pays homage to the women who were pioneers in their day, daring to break through gender barriers to work in the design industry. The exhibit received funding through the Maryland Humanities Council and will be traveling throughout the State of Maryland during 2015. I have since had the pleasure of being asked to speak on Gertrude Sawyer this summer when the traveling exhibit arrives at JPPM. How could I refuse? The talk will take place the evening of Thursday, July 23rd. I look forward to researching further into Ms. Sawyer's body of work, particularly her buildings and renovations in and around Washington, DC.