Reception marks opening of Sarah Pierce exhibit
A rare miniature portrait of Sarah Pierce is part of the new exhibit at the Litchfield Historical Society. BZ photos
A reception Friday evening marked the opening of the Litchfield Historical Society’s new exhibit, “By Virtue of its Citizens: Educating a New Nation at Sarah Pierce’s Academy.”
The exhibit features items from the Litchfield Historical Society's extensive collection of artifacts and archives from the Litchfield Female Academy, ornamental art on loan from regional institutions, and a portrait miniature of a young Miss Sarah Pierce.
Alexander Dubois, the historical society’s curator of collections, directed the effort to create the exhibit, which will be on display until November 2019.
The exhibit explores the innovative educational philosophy of the school’s founder, Sarah Pierce, and its influence on later social and educational reforms. It also investigates the lively social and intellectual community created by the Litchfield Female Academy and the Litchfield Law School.
The Litchfield Female Academy enrolled more than 3,000 students from 17 states and territories as well as Canada and the West Indies between 1792 and 1833. Students were educated in math, geology and astronomy, and learned painting, sewing, and music.
Jeff Savage of Litchfield, who plays the role of Sen. John Culver in the newly-released film "Chappaquiddick," and Nancy Post of Litchfield.
Historical society curaror of eduation Kate Zullo, left, chats with her mother, Elaine Zullo of Litchfield, center, and Beth Whalen of Litchfield.
From left, Jim Tully, Humphry Rolleston and Jeffrey Wacker, all of Litchfield.
Longtime historical society supporter Frank Vanoni of Litchfield, right, holds court.