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Old Sturbridge Village, Women’s History Days

March 23

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Join us as we highlight extraordinary and everyday women of early 19th-century New England! Hear the stories of women missionaries, see demonstrations of clothing construction and spring cleaning, listen to poetry, and so much more.

How did early 19th-century women see themselves? How did society view the woman’s sphere? How do we view their lives today? Join Old Sturbridge Village as we acknowledge and celebrate extraordinary and everyday women in the early 19th century. Visit the historic houses of OSV to learn about how women ran their households, managing the essential work of clothing construction, cooking, laundry, and more. Join interpreters in the gardens for talks on Indigenous plants, medicine, and discussions on the roles of women and children in gardening. Beyond the domestic sphere, we will explore issues surrounding gender, freedom, and rights occurring during the 1830s through readings of first-person accounts of the 19th century.

Special activities, demonstrations, and performances.

March 30th Highlights:

  • Hands-on Workshops at Museum Education(Pre-registration required; see below for details)
  • Learn about the Bixby daughters’ contributions to their household economy
  • Attend a Curator’s Talk about Female Academies and Women’s Education in the Early 19th Century
  • Discover how dance has empowered women throughout history with a performance by Diva Dance School of Warren, MA
  • Learn about women missionaries of the 19th century
  • Visit with costumed historians to learn about Female Societies and their connections to Abolitionism in the 1830s
  • Join AmeriCorps Members for a reading of “Miss Crandall’s School of Young Ladies & Little Misses of Color”

And more!

Women’s History Day Hands-On Workshops

As a part of our Women’s History programming on March 30th, we have several hands-on workshops available, including:

  • Carding and Weaving
  • Hearth Cooking: Make it with Maple
  • Make a Collage Portrait

Workshops are open to both kids ages 6+ and adults and cost $7 per person. Pre-registration is required.


Kids Free Admission

Get outside and explore more this spring at the Village! During March and April, up to two kids, 17 years old or younger, are admitted for FREE when accompanied by an adult/senior paying full standard daytime admission. Reserve your tickets online and save even more! Some restrictions apply.


Old Sturbridge Village
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
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