- One of the famed "Peabody Sisters" of Salem, Elizabeth Palmer Peabody (1804-1894) was one of the most important women of her time.
- She opened and ran two schools in Boston. She later opened and ran the nation's first kindergarten and was largely responsible for the spread of the kindergarten movement in America.
- She was also a publisher, one of the first female publishers, printing anti-slavery tracts, children's books by Nathaniel Hawthorne (husband to her sister Sophia) and published, the Dial, a journal of the Transcendentalists who gathered at her Boston bookstore.
- She thought it was important to improve the lives of women and minorities, and founded a school for orphaned children of former slaves.
- She was an advocate of antislavery and of Transcendentalism.
- After her death, friends opened the Elizabeth Peabody House, a combination social service agency and kindergarten in Boston, to carry on her work. It is still in operation today.
- She is buried at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord, Massachusetts.
- Elizabeth Peabody Salem Tales, SalemWeb.com
- Vertical File in the Salem Collection- Peabody, Elizabeth Palmer
- Elizabeth Palmer Peabody N.Y.Times obituary
- Elizabeth Palmer Peabody; a reformer on her own terms by Bruce A. Ronda, 1999
- Salem Women's Heritage Trail by Bonnie Hurd Smith, p. 20.
- Salem Women's History Website by Bonnie Hurd Smith
- The Peabody Sisters of Salem by Louise Hall Tharp
- Peabody Sisters: three women who ignited American Romanticism by Megan Marshall