1896
Born in Boston, Massachusetts.

1913
Graduated Bradford Academy (now Bradford College).

1915-1918
Wheaton College, Norton, Massachusetts, B.A.

1917-1918
As an undergraduate, organized Conferences at Wheaton College to study and promote jobs for women with more than a high school education.

1918-1919
War service: Assistant to the Chief of Women’s Division, U.S. Employment Service, U.S. Dept. of Labor.

1919-1920
First woman appointed to the National Democratic Committee representing Massachusetts. Also, State Democratic Committee.

1920

Book, Careers for Women, published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

1923

First woman to receive M.Ed. degree from Harvard University.

1925
Founder (with Mrs. Borden Harriman) of Women’s National Democratic Club.

1926

First woman appointed by President Coolidge as Chairman of the first Federal Prison for Women and instituted a job training and rehabilitation program.

1929-1945

Founded Institute of Women’s Professional Relations and became its Chairman. Organized national conferences on opportunities for women with more than a high school education.

1932

Re-edited Careers for Women published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

1935-1942

Organized first chamber music concerts performed in a Washington museum, The Phillips Collection.

1939-1946

Imported dogs from Germany and Switzerland and started her own kennel at Wolf Trap Farm where she bred champions in three breeds. From 1930-1945 Mrs. Shouse bred and trained her own hunters and hunted with the Fairfax Hounds.

1949-1956

Organized General Clay Fund (1949) to help U.S. Army’s Assistance Program for German Youth

1947-1994

Trustee, Filene Foundation (Boston).

1949-1968

Elected to Board of National Symphony Orchestra Association. Vice President 1951-1968.

1968-1994

Honorary Vice President, National Symphony Orchestra Association.

1952-1963

Board, National Arbitration Association.

1955-1994

Board, Lincoln Filene Center of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Tufts University.

1956

At request of former President Hoover, organized Washington Hungarian Relief Fund and raised a half-million dollars within a month.

1957-1963

Appointed by President Eisenhower as Chairman, President’s Music Committee, People-to-People Program.

1958-1980

Appointed by President Eisenhower to first Board of Trustees of the National Cultural Center. Reappointed in 1962 and in 1970 (by President Nixon) for 10-year term. Name changed to John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Also on its Executive and Building Committees.

1980-1994

Honorary Trustee, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

1961

Donated 40 acres of land at her Wolf Trap Farm, Vienna, Virginia, for the headquarters of the American Symphony Orchestra League.

1964

Organization Committee for the Formulation of the Fairfax County Cultural Association.

1965-1972

Board, Opera Society of Washington.

1966

Gave 100 acres of her Vienna farm to the U.S. Government for a National Park for the Performing Arts and donated the amphitheater, Filene Center. Accepted by Act of Congress in October 1966. The Department of the Interior was given responsibility for its operation under the National Park Service. Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts opened July 1, 1971, Mrs. Richard Nixon attending.

1968

Appointed by Governor Godwin to the first Virginia Commission of the Arts and Humanities. Reappointed (1971) by Governor Linwood Holton.

1968-1994

Board, Wolf Trap Foundation. Chairman of Executive Committee 1975.

1973

Appointed by President Nixon to Pennsylvania Avenue Development Commission.

1975

Appointed to Board of Overseers, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire. Chairman 1981.

1975

Appointed by President Ford to the Commission on Presidential Scholars.

1976

Re-appointed to Board of Service League of Northern Virginia.

1981

Renovated and donated two early 18th-century barns to Wolf Trap Foundation for a performing arts facility. “The Barns at Wolf Trap” were rebuilt on 26 acres of land adjacent to Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts for the Performing Arts, Vienna, Virginia. Other buildings on this property donated in 1980 to Wolf Trap Foundation include two houses, a garage and a swimming pool.

1982

Honorary Chairman, Committee for the Arts, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College.

1983-1994

Honorary Director, Washington Chamber Orchestra.

1984-1994

Advisory board, The Washington Conservatory.

1985

First Honorary Member, Washington College Friends of the Arts Committee.

1987

Member, American Committee on the French Revolution 1789-1989.

1988

Wheaton College established the Filene Center for Work and Learning in her honor.

1991

Invited by Dean Ezra Laderman of the Yale School of Music to serve on Board of Directors. Invited by Robert G. Stone, Jr. Chairman, to serve on the Harvard Overseers’ Committee on University Resources.

1993

Dedication of the Catherine Filene Shouse Career Center at Hood College, Frederick, Maryland.