The Litchfield Historical Society is pleased to announce the opening of the new exhibition "By the Virtue of its Citizens: Educating a New Nation at Sarah Pierce’s Academy," on view at the Litchfield History Museum from Saturday, April 14 through November 25 with free admission for all.
The Litchfield Female Academy enrolled more than 3,000 students over a forty-one year period from seventeen states and territories as well as Canada and the West Indies. Sarah Pierce deeply believed in the intellectual equality of the sexes, and her students learned practical subjects, such as mathematics, geology, and astronomy, as well as ornamental lessons of painting, sewing, and music. The proximity of the Litchfield Law School, where nearly 1,000 young men would learn to be leaders in politics, education, and other spheres created a vast social network for students to access throughout their lives. Items from the Litchfield Historical Society’s extensive collection of artifacts and archives from the Litchfield Female Academy will be on display, as well as several decorative arts pieces on loan from regional institutions. This exhibition is sponsored by CT Humanities.
Free admission. The Litchfield History Museum’s hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Sunday, 1:00 to 5:00 pm. For more information about this or programs related to the newest exhibit, please visit www.litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org.