Funding for Connecticut nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Funding is used to present By the Force of its Own Merits a one-day symposium on November 15, 2019 that will round out a two-year celebration of the Litchfield Female Academy, a progressive educational institution that instructed over 3,000 young women between 1792 and 1833. A diverse slate of presenters will discuss the structure and curriculum of the Academy, illuminate its role in the development of educational and social opportunities for women, and speak to the schools legacy and relevancy within current scholarship.
Sold, Made, & Grown in Litchfield showcases the history of commerce, industry, and agriculture in the town of Litchfield. As part of the town’s 300th Anniversary celebration, Sold, Made, & Grown will examine the continued connection between Litchfield businesses and the formation of community space, identity, and memory. Interpretive displays and interactive components will encourage visitors to share their memories and reflect on the relationship between commerce and community.
This exhibition celebrates the 225th anniversary of Sarah Pierce’s Litchfield Female Academy, an important institution for female education that numbered over 3,000 graduates. On display in 2018 and 2019, the project covers all aspects of the school’s history, with specific focus on Pierce’s educational philosophy and the ways in which she helped to shape new opportunities and roles for women.