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Old Sturbridge Village, Women’s History Weekend

March 25 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm EDT

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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 include:

  • Listen to a debate between 19th-century activist Angelina Grimke and author Catharine Beecher on a woman’s sphere
  • Hear the stories of early women missionaries like Sarah Joiner Lyman and Hannah Moore
  • See demonstrations of a wide variety of tasks including hearth cooking, spring cleaning, and dressmaking
  • A reading of poems by 19th-century women (Saturday)
  • Poetry performances by spoken word artist Ashley Wonder (Sunday)
  • Discussion and author book signing for OSV’s newest publication Needle & Thread (Saturday)

And so much more!


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March 25
9:30 am - 4:00 pm


Old Sturbridge Village
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
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(800) 733-1830
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