It is hard to believe that 2015 marks the 95th anniversary of the 19th Amendment in the United States. To commemorate this landmark event that extended the right to vote to women, the Litchfield Historical Society will be presenting a new temporary exhibition examining the topic.
Ballots for Both! The Fight for Equal Voting Rights will explore the battle for woman suffrage in Litchfield and the state of Connecticut. The exhibit will also look at the larger movement in the state, the pro- and anti-suffrage organizations in Litchfield during the 1910s, activities of the groups, and local leaders. Also featured will be a selection of objects on loan from the Museum of Connecticut History.
In addition to this major exhibit, “The Lure of the Litchfield Hills will be on view through November 2015. This exhibit details the Colonial Revival period in Litchfield and the impact it had on this town in the 19th and 20th centuries. It traces the way residents embraced their ancestral past, developed the community to how it looks today, and experienced a time of change in architecture, fashion, and home decoration.
In addition to these two special exhibitions, The Litchfield Historical Society has been busy this winter adding new objects to view in their permanent gallery, which tells the story of Litchfield’s history through different periods. Cases feature history of Litchfield’s districts of Bantam, Morris, East Litchfield, and Northfield.
The Litchfield History Museum and the Tapping Reeve House & Law School are open Tuesday-Thursday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sundays, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is $5 adults, $3 seniors and students, Free for children under 14 and Law School students. For additional information, please visit www.litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org or call us at (860) 567-4501.