As part of the Votes for Women: Ridgefield Celebrates the 19th Amendment series taking place in Ridgefield throughout 2020, Connecticut suffrage expert Dr. Kelly Marino will give a talk from 4 – 5 pm followed by the opening reception of the Votes for Women: Road to Victory exhibit from 5 – 6 pm.
Dr. Kelly Marino is an Assistant Lecturer of History and Coordinator of Women’s Studies at Sacred Heart University and a historian of 20th century America with a focus on women’s history. A native of Connecticut, she is passionate about state and local history. A graduate of CCSU, with an MA from the University of Massachusetts and a PhD from Binghamton University, Dr. Marino is currently working on a book project about the connections between advances in women’s higher education and the women’s rights movement. Her project examines how college students and campuses became important new protest spaces for women’s suffrage and women’s rights during the Progressive Era. Her research explores the importance of young people, particularly young women, and educational activism to fueling social and political movements. Kelly is a frequent guest speaker and expert on the Connecticut suffrage movement.
The exhibit Votes for Women: The Road to Victory seamlessly blends original artwork with a visually stimulating overview of Women’s Suffrage history in celebration of the centennial of the 19th Amendment. The exhibit is researched by the Ridgefield Historical Society and the League of Women Voters of Ridgefield, created by local artist Bil Mikulewicz, and curated by Dr. Heather Prescott, an expert in the field and a faculty member at Central Connecticut State University. The exhibit will be on view at the Ridgefield Library from March 1–30.
The Votes for Women: Ridgefield Celebrates the 19th Amendment series is co-sponsored by Ridgefield Library, Ridgefield Historical Society, the League of Women Voters of Ridgefield, Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center, and the Drum Hill Chapter of the DAR.