Sharon Historical Society & Museum Exhibition Celebrates

the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment

The Road to Women’s Suffrage in Sharon Opens August 8, 2020

The Road to Women’s Suffrage in Sharon, a new exhibition at the Sharon Historical Society & Museum will open Saturday, August 8, 2020 and remain on view through Saturday, November 28, 2020. This special exhibition documents the combined efforts of women and men from cities and small towns, like Sharon, across the state of Connecticut. The exhibition brings together photographs, artifacts and archival documents from collections across Connecticut to illustrate the stories of the Suffrage Movement in Connecticut’s Litchfield County, the petitioners from the town of Sharon, and the unfinished battles for equal rights being fought today.

The hours of Sharon Historical Society & Museum are Wednesday through Friday 12-4 pm and Saturdays 10 am-2 pm.

Online public lectures will be offered:

LECTURE: Without Representation: Connecticut Women Fight to Be Heard, with Jessica D. Jenkins

Saturday, August 1st, 4-5 pm

No registration required. Please join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6312716761

As the nation commemorates the 100th Anniversary of women’s suffrage in 2020, it is important to remember that the history of women’s voting rights is complex. Not just a national narrative, each state and their communities have their own part to play in the story. Join suffrage historian, Jessica D. Jenkins, to explore how Connecticut activists took the fight into their own hands. Learn how the state’s suffrage movement grew over time, and how the fight for women’s voting rights played out in the northwest corner of the state.

LECTURE: Beyond Seneca Falls, Heather Munro Prescott

Saturdays, August 15th and September 12th, 4-5pm

No registration required. Please join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6312716761

Why does Seneca Falls play such a prominent role in histories of the suffrage movement? Part of the reason has to do with who wrote the first history of the suffrage movement. The dominance of Seneca Falls in the public memory of the suffrage movement has caused other activists to be neglected. In preparation for the suffrage centennial, scholars around the country are bringing new stories to light and providing fresh insights to the long story of women’s suffrage. This talk will show that the history of women’s suffrage in the New England region not only provides examples of critical suffrage activism on the state and local level, but also demonstrates how suffragists from the region helped build the suffrage cause into a national movement.