WHS Virtual Summer Program 2020: IV. Women of Wethersfield

Wethersfield Historical Society curator, Kristina Oschmann, shares short profiles of six of the notable women from Wethersfield’s history featured in the Wethersfield Museum’s upcoming exhibit “Women of Wethersfield”. Scheduled to open in mid October 2020, the exhibit is being offered in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the United States. Meet Sophia Woodhouse Welles, Emily Augusta Deming, Mary Goodrich Jenson, Sarah E. Wood, Ann Pimm,  and Betsy Johnson – six women with Wethersfield ties whose lives had a significant impact on the town and the wider world beyond.

This content was made possible in part by a grant from the Robert Allan Keeney Memorial  Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving and the generosity of our members.

Now that you have been introduced to these six luminaries in the video, try your hand at the Wethersfield Women Scavenger Hunt.

Directions: This Wethersfield woman conducted story research that would eventually be used to create the movie Frozen (2013). Search for clues in the following places in Wethersfield to decode her name. Click here for your own PDF copy of the hunt. You can download and print it or work from your mobile device. Good luck!

Learn more:  What follows are a series of links and recommendations to curated sources for additional detailed information about Women of Wethersfield.



Books by Wethersfield Women:

  • Anne Kuckro, James Francis Master Builder (1974)
  • Anne Kuckro, Hartford Architecture, 3 vol. (1978-1980)
  • Anne Kuckro, Wethersfield (1984)
  • Mary Rowlandson, The Sovereignty and Goodness of God (1682)
  • Elizabeth George Speare, The Bronze Bow (1961)
  • Elizabeth George Speare, Calico Captive (1957)
  • Elizabeth George Speare, Life in Colonial America (1963)
  • Elizabeth George Speare, The Prospering (1966)
  • Elizabeth George Speare, The Sign of the Beaver (1983)
  • Elizabeth George Speare, The Witch of Blackbird Pond (1958)
  • Eleanor Buck Wolf, The Barns of Wethersfield (1994)
  • Eleanor Buck Wolf, Creatures at My Doorstep (1990)
  • Eleanor Buck Wolf, Wethersfield in Sketch and Story (1986)
  • Eleanor Buck Wolf, Wethersfield Sketchbook (1984)








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Immigration (Late 19th Century/Early 20th Century):








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