The Road to Women’s Suffrage in Sharon

On view through December 18, 2020

The Road to Women’s Suffrage in Sharon, Connecticut documents the combined efforts of women and men from cities and small towns, like Sharon, across the state of Connecticut. The exhibition illustrates the stories of the Suffrage Movement in Connecticut’s Litchfield County, the petitioners from the town of Sharon, and the movements for equal rights being fought today.

The Women’s Suffrage Parade in Hartford on May 2, 1914 included a float commemorating Mary Lyon, a pioneer in women’s education. Miss Lyon established both Wheaton College and Mount Holyoke.
Photograph courtesy of State Archives, Connecticut State Library.

A Closer Look at the Petition and the Women Who Signed It  documents the business roles, community roles, and suffrage efforts of women who lived in Sharon. Visit this pop-up exhibition of archival materials from the Sharon Historical Society & Museum collection and view stories about Elizabeth Darling, Beatrice Fay, Katherine Hotaling, Frances Jewett, Nina Juckett. 

Digital access to the exhibition materials is made possible through a grant awarded by Connecticut Humanities. Connecticut Humanities, a nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, supports cultural and historic organizations that tell the state’s stories, build community and enrich lives.


We gratefully acknowledge the following organizations and individuals for their contributions to these exhibitions:

The Sharon Historical Society & Museum Volunteer Research Team:
Marel Rogers, Myra Plescia, Linda Neiberg, Trisha Davisson, & Billy Saster
The Brandon Family
Connecticut Humanities
Connecticut State Library
Cornell University
Gunn Historical Museum, Washington, CT
Harriet Beecher Stowe Library, Hartford, CT
Harvard Library, Harvard University
Mr. Mort Kraus
Library of Congress
Private collection of Linda Neiberg
National Archives, National Archives Museum
Norfolk Historical Society, Norfolk, CT
Private collection of Doug Rick
Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University
Sharon Playhouse

Exhibition Design by: Whirlwind Creative