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In collaboration with the Salisbury Association Historical Society
2020 marks only the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote nationwide. As in many other states the women of Connecticut worked tirelessly and seemingly endlessly to achieve this goal. Ilene Frank will use items from the CHS collection including photographs, letters, pamphlets, and newspaper headlines to understand one of the most hard-fought political battles of American history. You’ll learn about suffragists like Katharine Houghton Hepburn, Mary Townsend Seymour, and Isabella Beecher Hooker, as well as some Connecticut women who fought tooth-and-nail against women getting the vote.
Ilene Frank is the Connecticut Historical Society’s Chief Curator overseeing exhibitions, education, collections, state-wide folklife program and marketing for the museum and library. She was Executive Director of the Rensselaer County Historical Society and previously worked for the Schenectady Museum & Planetarium, the McFaddin-Ward House and Historic St. Mary’s City. Ms. Frank has a M.A. in History Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program, State University at Oneonta, and a B.A. from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.
The Connecticut Historical Society, Connecticut’s official historical society, is a private, nonprofit, educational organization established in 1825. Located in Hartford, the institution is home to a museum and library of state history, the Edgar F. Waterman Research Center, and the Connecticut Cultural Heritage Arts Program – the state’s official folk and traditional arts initiative. All are open to the public and funded by private contributions. The organization’s historical collection includes more than 4 million manuscripts, graphics, books, artifacts, and other materials accessible at its Hartford campus and on loan at other organizations.