Grace Gimmini Potts

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Grace Gimmini Potts

Grace Gimmini Potts (1886-1956) was an author and director of pageants.

Early life[edit]

Grace Giminni was born in San Francisco, California, in 1886, the daughter of Hugo Gimmini (1859-1905) and Magdalene Gimmini (1861-1935). [1]


Grace Gimmini Potts was the chairman of Literature and Drama for the California Federation of Women's Clubs, San Joaquin, Valley District.[1] She was the author and director of pageants: "Pageant of Gold," "Jewels of Samarkand," "Memory Lane," "Garden of the Sun."[1] She was a matron of the Order of the Eastern Star, Fresno, California.[1] She was president of the Parlor Lecture Club.[1] She was member of the Parthenon Club.[1]

Using the pen-name of Grace G. Parks she wrote Bad Dames: A Peek at a Problem Taboo (1939). [2]

She was a world traveler and lecturer in costume; she was a humorous speaker as well as one who packed her program with information and she was in great demand with men as well as women.[3]

In 1945 she presented two programs for the Washington Parent-Teacher Association; one meeting featured a travelogue of Java, Singapore, Malay and China; another meeting presented a foreign fashion revue. The costume included those from India, a native sari, the native girl's dress from Ceylon, the sarongs from Java, the "slong" from Makassar, an authentic Shinto priest robe from Japan, the "lava lava" from Pago Pago, temple dancer's costume from Bali and Manchu princess robe from China. Potts visited 57 countries, travelling 500,000 miles by land, sea and air in 15 years. She visited Europe four times and the orient three times. She also spent some time in South America, including Brazil and Argentine. She saw all the Central American states and made a flying trip to the jungles of Yucatán. She spent some time in Java, Makassar and Bali. [4]

Personal life[edit]

Grace Gimmini Potts moved to Fresno, California, in 1916 and lived at 1932 Broadway, Fresno, California. She married William Lambert Potts (1881-1941). [1]

She died on August 27, 1956, and is buried with her family and husband at Cypress Lawn Memorial Park, Colma.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Binheim, Max; Elvin, Charles A (1928). Women of the West; a series of biographical sketches of living eminent women in the eleven western states of the United States of America. p. 76. Retrieved 8 August 2017. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  2. ^ Catalog of Copyright Entries. Part 1. [B] Group 2. Pamphlets, Etc. New Series. 1940. p. 637. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Emerson School Girls to Assist When Mrs. Potts Gives Gay Travel Talks - 12 Nov 1947, Wed • Page 6". The Bakersfield Californian: 6. 1947. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  4. ^ "Traveler Giving Two Talks Here - 16 Oct 1945, Tue • Page 6". The Bakersfield Californian: 6. 1945. Retrieved 12 September 2017.