Ethnic Women of Cleveland

Helen Bernice Karpinski Oral History

Helen Bernice Karpinski interviewed by Jeanette E. Tuve April 8, 1986 as part of Ethnic Women of Cleveland

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Helen Karpinski

This oral history, collected in 1986, provides a fascinating glimpse into a remarkable life. Helen Karpinski was a wife and mother, as well as a pioneering politician and civic leader. Her accomplishments, including an historic 1939 run for the Cleveland City Council, would be remarkable even today, but for a woman born in 1899 they're nothing short of astonishing.

Helen Karpinski died in July of 2002 at the age of 102, and her three daughters, all lawyers, have continued the family tradition of public service. Read more about her life.

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