Partner Ada Nilsson

Queer Places:
Lilla Ulfåsa, Fogelstad, 643 96 Julita, Sweden
Julita gård Strängnäs kommun, Södermanlands län, Sweden

1920s feminists Left to right: Elisabeth Tamm, Ada Nilsson, Kerstin Hesselgren (sitting), Honorine Hermelin and Elin WägnerHonorine Louise Hermelin-Grönbech (October 19, 1886 – September 4, 1977) was a Swedish headteacher, newspaper founder and feminist.

Hermelin was born in Ekebyborna parish in 1886. Her mother Honorine von Koch died within few days of her birth. She had one sibling and she would gain seven more when her father, Joseph Hermelin, remarried. Honorine Hermelin attended the Brummer ska school in Stockholm. Her best friend there was Harriet Löwenhjelm, with whom Honorine later studied at Anna Sandström's senior teacher seminary. After graduating in chemistry, religion and history, she stayed as a teacher for ten years.

Hermelin qualified as a teacher and taught for over ten years before coming to notice as the headteacher of the Fogelstad Group's school for women.[1] Under her leadership Kvinnliga medborgarskolan vid Fogelstad was known as "Lilla Ulfåsa".[1] It was founded in 1925 and it continued under her leadership until 1954. This led to her coming the first woman to chair a school board in 1932. In 1947, she married to Vilhelm Grønbech but he died within eight months. The newspaper Tidevarvet was founded in 1923[2][3] (or 1924[4]) by Kerstin Hesselgren, Honorine Hermelin, who was an educator, Ada Nilsson, Elisabeth Tamm, a political politician, and Elin Wägner, who was an author.[5][6]

She had a very close relationship with Ada Nilsson such that during the last year of her life Nilsson came to stay at Fogelstad with Hermelin. Nilsson died in 1964[1] and Hermelin died in Brännkyrka parish in 1977.

The King of Sweden awarded her the Illis quorum. Siri Derkert created a portrait of her which is now in the Swedish National Museum.[7]

Honorine Hermelin is buried in Julita cemetery. [7]

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