Exhibition Spotlighting Local Women Who Spearheaded the Right to Vote Unveiled at Greenwich Historical Society Reception

Maggie Dimock, Greenwich Historical Society Curator of Museum Collections; Pam Dougherty, CT Women’s Hall of Fame; Peter Malkin; Coline Jenkins, descendant of prominent suffragist.

Maggie Dimock, Greenwich Historical Society Curator of Museum Collections; Pam Dougherty, CT Women’s Hall of Fame; Peter Malkin; Coline Jenkins, descendant of prominent suffragist. Photo: Bob Capazzo.

A dynamic exhibition that showcases the role Greenwich women played on the national stage in achieving the passage and ratification of the 19th Amendment was unveiled last night at a preview and reception for members and guests of the Greenwich Historical Society. Attendees were immersed in the thrilling atmosphere of activism that defined the time, as they glimpsed striking protest banners, vintage photographs, and historic clothing, sashes, and heirlooms worn by prominent suffragists.

Opening today, February 5, and on view through September 6th, An Unfinished Revolution: The Woman’s Suffrage Centennial features a wide variety of historic objects from museums, libraries, private collections and descendants of suffragists to illustrate the long struggle for the right to vote.  Through educational and interpretive programming, the Historical Society will explore broader social and civic issues that resonate today, such as voter registration, voter suppression and the Equal Rights Amendment.

An Unfinished Revolution is curated by Kathleen Craughwell-Varda, a 30-year veteran in the museum field who has extensive knowledge of Connecticut history and the contributions of women in the state from settlement through the 21st century.

The Greenwich Historical Society Museum galleries, located at 47 Strickland Rd, Cos Cob, are open Wednesday – Sunday, noon to 4:00 pm.  Admission is $10 for adults; $8 for seniors and students and free for children under age 18.

Free admission to the public is available on the first Wednesday of each month.

Reservations are required for groups of 10 or more, group reservation rate is $7 per person.

Visits to the museum will be complimented by the Historical Society Store and Café, which are open Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm and Saturday and Sunday, 12 – 4pm.

An Unfinished Revolution: The Woman’s Suffrage Centennial runs February 5 through September 6, 2020

 

 Connecticut Woman Suffrage Association “Grand Automobile Tour” of Litchfield County, CT, 1911 RG 101, State Archives, Connecticut State Library In 1911, Greenwich resident Grace Gallatin Seton participated in a month-long car tour of Litchfield County, with the goal of creating local chapters of the state suffrage association.

Connecticut Woman Suffrage Association “Grand Automobile Tour” of Litchfield County, CT, 1911 RG 101, State Archives, Connecticut State Library In 1911, Greenwich resident Grace Gallatin Seton participated in a month-long car tour of Litchfield County, with the goal of creating local chapters of the state suffrage association.

Suffrage Parade in Hartford, CT, May 2, 1914. Photo courtesy Greenwich Historical Society