WEST HARTFORD — The Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society, the League of Women Voters Greater Hartford, and the Women’s Leadership Center at the University of Saint Joseph invite guests to attend a special lecture commemorating the centennial anniversary of woman’s suffrage and the 100th anniversary of the founding of the League of Women Voters on Wednesday, March 24, at 5:30 p.m., according to an email from the organization.
West Hartford Town Historian Dr. Tracey Wilson will speak about the history of the Connecticut woman’s suffrage movement and the League of Women Voters through the lives of Hartford-area women and the elected officials. While Connecticut did not ratify the 19th Amendment before it became part of the Constitution, the suffrage movement developed leaders who worked on related issues of equality. In “Pathways to Leadership: The Legacy of Suffrage and the League of Women Voters in Connecticut.” Wilson will focus on the involvement of the suffrage activists in issues of child labor, the poor, elected office, representation, equality, and justice as she analyzes their organizing tactics and strategies. Examples of University of Saint Joseph women who have provided leadership will also be remembered. A Q&A period will follow Wilson’s presentation.
“Pathways to Leadership” will take place in the University of Saint Joseph’s Crystal Room located in Mercy Hall on Wednesday, March 24. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for refreshments, viewing of commemorative posters recalling 100 years of history of the League of Women Voters in Connecticut, and voter registration. The lecture will begin at 6 p.m.
This event is free and open to the public. Advanced registration is recommended and can be done at www.noahwebster.yapsody.com. The University of Saint Joseph is located at 1678 Asylum Ave., West Hartford.
Tracey Wilson is the Town Historian of West Hartford. She taught history in the West Hartford Public Schools for over 35 years, including a course on Local History at Conard High School. She is the author of the recently published book Life in West Hartford, a compilation of articles on the history of the town. Wilson earned her B.A. and M.A. degrees from Trinity College, and her Ph.D. in history from Brown University.
“Pathways to Leadership: The Legacy of Suffrage and the League of Women Voters in Connecticut,” is a collaboration between the League of Women Voters Greater Hartford, the University of Saint Joseph’s Women’s Leadership Center, and the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society.
The League of Women Voters was established in 1920, the same year the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guaranteed women’s suffrage. LWV, a non-partisan, political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. LWV is strictly non-partisan; it neither supports nor opposes candidates for office at any level of government. At the same time, LWV is wholeheartedly political and works to influence policy through advocacy. It is the original grassroots citizen network, directed by the consensus of its members nationwide. LWV conducts non-partisan debates and develops voters’ guides for elections at local, state and national levels.
Founded in 2016, the Women’s Leadership Center at the University of Saint Joseph is committed to developing inspiring and effective leaders. The WLC provides programs, workshops and courses, supports research on leadership topics, and offers networking opportunities for women determined to further develop their talents and achieve success in their chosen field.
The Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society is a cultural destination where citizens can learn to understand and appreciate the past. The museum preserves the birthplace of Noah Webster, the founding father, educator, author, and lexicographer who taught generations of Americans what it means to be American. This National Historic Landmark is also a repository for the history of West Hartford, the community that molded Noah Webster’s future and is still thriving over 250 years later. The historic house and exhibit spaces are open daily 1 to 4 p.m. For information on the museum’s extensive school and public programs, please visit www.noahwebsterhouse.org or call (860) 521-5362.