Keeler Tavern’s SISTERS Wins Prestigious AASLH Leadership in History Award

The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) proudly announced last month that Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center (KTM&HC) is the recipient of an Award of Excellence for the museum’s multi-program project SISTERS. The AASLH Leadership in History Award, now in its 76th year, is the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history.

SISTERS is a KTM&HC initiative that included public and school program components based on an original play titled SISTERS. Then play is based on the real-life stories of two women – one white and one Black- who lived in the mid-19th century at what is now Ridgefield’s Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center. It exposes the raw disconnects between “sisters” whose relationship was forever skewed by one of them having to live under a completely different set of rules, due solely to the color of her skin. The play was staged for school and public audiences in 2020 (virtually, due to the pandemic), followed by programming and lessons for students and a CTH-funded community talkback for the public.

KTM&HC offers robust in-person and virtual student-focused and public programs year-round. For more information on their school programs, email

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