Women’s History Kick-Off Meeting Postponed until Wed. Oct. 23 at 7 PM

Wed. Oct. 23 7 PM

The Wilbor House Museum
548 West Main Road

Sarah Soule Wilbour (1804-1891) was a Little Compton activist and local historian who worked for Women’s Suffrage but did not live long enough to see the passing of the 19th Amendment.  LCHS Collection

Little Compton Historical Society Seeks Volunteers for Women’s History Project

In 2020 the Little Compton Historical Society will join with history organizations all over the country to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment guaranteeing women’s constitutional right to vote. The Historical Society invites volunteers interested in researching and/or writing about the lives of Little Compton’s women, from the 17th century to the present day, to attend one of two project kick-off meetings scheduled for Thursday, October 17 at the Wilbor House Museum, 548 West Main Rd. Little Compton, RI. The first meeting is scheduled for 1 pm and will be repeated at 7 pm. Volunteers need only attend one of these meetings.

At the meeting, and throughout the winter, local women will be invited to write their own autobiographies. Volunteers will also be asked to interview Little Compton residents (year-round and seasonal), share their personal memories of local women, and/or research women from previous centuries. All the resulting histories will be permanently archived by the Historical Society and will serve as the inspiration for the 2020 special exhibition. All are welcome and anyone new to history research and writing will have ample opportunities for coaching by Historical Society staff and volunteers. 

The Historical Society is also seeking the loan (or gift) of portraits, photographs, diaries, and letters relating to Little Compton women.

If you would like to attend the project kick-off meeting or contribute to the Little Compton Women’s History project in any way, please contact the Historical Society at lchistory@littlecompton.org or 401-635-4035. 

In a related effort, on November 9, from 1 to 5 pm, the public is invited to a wine and cheese reception opening for “Extraordinary Women of the East Bay”, a traveling exhibit curated by Heidi Benedict, Roger Williams University Archivist. The exhibition will be available at the Wilbor House Museum at no charge during the Historical Society’s open hours through November 22. It will feature some sneak previews of the Little Compton Historical Society’s 2020 exhibition.