Although in July she had delivered a paper on the Union of Utrecht (1579) during the "Literary Congresses", an extraordinary scholarly gathering at the World’s Columbian Exhibition, it was her appearance at a later meeting that earned Professor Lucy Maynard Salmon a notice in The New York Times “Personals” column:

“Among the many notable speakers at the Labor Congress of the World’s Fair is Miss Lucy M. Salmon, Professor of History at Vassar.  For many years past Miss Salmon has concerned herself with the labor question as specially connected with domestic service.  In person she is tall and slender, with brown hair brushed abruptly back from a finely-featured face of unusual strength and sweetness.”