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February 2020

Westport’s Suffragists—Our Neighbors, Our Crusaders: The 19th Amendment Turns 100

Wed, February 26 - Wed, May 13
Sheffer Room, The Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road
Westport, CT 06880 United States

The names and contributions of Westport women central to the “Votes for Women” campaign and ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920 remain nearly forgotten. Learn about the Westport suffragists who helped change the course of history for American women for generations to come. Part of “Our Vote, Our Future,” the Library’s WestportREADS 2020 centennial celebration. Opening reception:  Friday, March 6 from 6-7:30 pm Westport's Neighbors and Crusaders: Finding their Voice through Suffrage: Talk with Exhibit Curator Kathie Bennewitz Tuesday,…

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March 2020

WestportREADS: Best-selling Author Kate Walbert Discusses A Short History of Women

Tue, March 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Forum, The Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road
Westport, CT 06880 United States

Kate Walbert kicks off Women’s History month with a discussion of this year’s WestportREADS fiction selection, A Short History of Women. This novel explores the ripples of the suffrage movement through one family, starting in 1914 at the deathbed of suffragette Dorothy Townsend, following her daughter to America, watching her niece choose a more conventional path and completing the family portrait with a great-granddaughter in post 9/11 Manhattan. “In a kaleidoscope of voices and with a richness of imagery, A Short…

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Opening Reception: Westport’s Suffragists—Our Neighbors, Our Crusaders

Fri, March 6 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Sheffer Room, The Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road
Westport, CT 06880 United States

The names and contributions of Westport women central to the “Votes for Women” campaign and ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920 remain nearly forgotten. Learn about the Westport suffragists who helped change the course of history for American women for generations to come. Part of “Our Vote, Our Future,” the Library’s WestportREADS 2020 centennial celebration. Opening reception:  Friday, March 6 from 6-7:30 pm On display: February 26-May 13 Funding provided in part by The Drew Friedman Community Arts Center…

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WestportREADS: Lillian Wald At Home: Rochester, Henry Street, Westport and the World

Wed, March 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Brooks Place, The Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road
Westport, CT 06880 United States

Lillian Wald is best known as the founder of Henry Street Settlement and the Visiting Nurse Service on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in 1893.  She was also a nurse and Progressive activist who worked for immigrant and Civil Rights, woman suffrage, public health, and global antimilitarism.  In coordination with the WestportREADS exhibit, history professor Margorie N. Feld will trace the arc of Wald’s career, from her lessons in Rochester, New York to her long and successful public career…

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WestportREADS: Suffrage Tea

Thu, March 19 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Westport Center For Senior Activities, 21 Imperial Ave
Westport, CT 06880 United States

As part of WestportREADS and to celebrate Women’s History Month, the Center for Senior Activities will host a high tea. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment and the town of Westport has many events planned to celebrate this historic event with WestportREADS.  After 1848, when the suffrage movement began, women such as the wealthy Alva Vanderbilt–Belmont held “suffrage teas,” where support for the cause was proclaimed. The tea parties also served as fundraisers…

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WestportREADS: Transcribe Suffrage Documents

Thu, March 26 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Room 210, Board Room, The Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road
Westport, CT 06880 United States

Explore the personal papers of leading suffragists like Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton while preserving their words for future generations. Participants will be helping the Library of Congress transcribe the handwritten letters and daily documents of the women demanding to vote to type. Computers and some training will be provided at each event. A guide will be posted online shortly, as well. This event occurs twice: Thursday, March 26 from 3-5 pm in the Board Room (210) at…

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WestportREADS: Transcribe Suffrage Documents

Sat, March 28 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Westport Center For Senior Activities, 21 Imperial Ave
Westport, CT 06880 United States

Explore the personal papers of leading suffragists like Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton while preserving their words for future generations. Participants will be helping the Library of Congress transcribe the handwritten letters and daily documents of the women demanding to vote to type. Computers and some training will be provided at each event. A guide will be posted online shortly, as well. This event occurs twice: Thursday, March 26 from 3-5 pm in the Board Room (210) at…

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Tuesdays at Two: Maiden

Tue, March 31 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road
Westport, CT 06880 United States

The story of Tracy Edwards, a 24-year-old cook on charter boats, who became the skipper of the first ever all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1989. (2018, 1 hr, 37 min)  

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April 2020

WestportREADS Westport's Neighbors and Crusaders: Finding their Voice through Suffrage

Tue, April 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Brooks Place, The Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road
Westport, CT 06880 United States

In conjunction with the current Sheffer Room exhibit, exhibit curator Kathie Bennewitz will talk about names and actions of Westport suffragists, many of whose identities remain forgotten today. These women and men came together through a shared progressive voice and strength of purpose to venture from the parlor and onto the streets to change history for American women. Some had local ancestral ties, others were new to town or summer residents; a number were married to artists, writers & publishers…

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The Body Politic: How the Women’s Health Movement Changed our Lives

Mon, April 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

“No woman,” wrote Margaret Sanger, “can call herself free who does not own and control her body.” The struggle for bodily autonomy — personal, legal, medical — has been central to feminist activism. The panel will look at U.S. women’s advocacy for self-determination and responsive health care. After exploring some earlier history, we will survey the women's health movement that emerged in the 1970s (remember Our Bodies, Ourselves?) and discuss how both its accomplishments and its unfinished work remain fundamental…

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Cookbook Club: Rage Baking

Tue, April 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Tim's Kitchen, Wakeman Town Farm, 134 Cross Hwy
Westport, CT 06880 United States

Meet Rage Baking authors Kathy Gunst and Katherine Alford and learn how to combine bakind and activism. Punching bread. Rolling out pie crusts. Balancing sweetness and acidity. Baking is a great way to express our rage about the current state of our country. RAGE BAKING: The Transformative Power of Flour, Fury, and Women’s Voices includes pastry recipes, inspirational essays, poems and interviews with bakers and impassioned women and activists. RAGE BAKING offers a creative outlet to anyone needing to burn…

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May 2020

Making the Decision to Lead

Wed, May 13 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Are you considering a run for public office, run a campaign or lead on an issue in your community? Patti Russo, Executive Director of The Campaign School at Yale, will provide you with the information and skills you need to skew yourself for success. This three-hour workshop is a comprehensive and holistic approach to preparing for a public life including effective speaking techniques. Space is limited, please register online. Patricia Russo serves as executive director of the Women’s Campaign School at Yale,…

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