LITCHFIELD — By the Force of its Own Merits: Examining the Life and Legacy of the Litchfield Female Academy,” will be presented from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Nov. 15 at the Litchfield Historical Society, 7 South St., Litchfield.

“By the Force of its Own Merits” is a one-day symposium that will round out a two-year celebration of the Litchfield Female Academy, a progressive educational institution that instructed over 3,000 young women between 1792 and 1833. A diverse slate of presenters will discuss the structure and curriculum of the Academy, illuminate its role in the development of educational and social opportunities for women, and speak to the school’s legacy and relevancy within current scholarship.

Registration is required. The cost is $45 for non-members, $35 for members, $25 for students. An optional catered lunch is available for an additional $15. Register online at litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org/symposium, email registration@litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org, or call (860) 567-4501

Session schedule:

9 a.m.– Registration and Coffee

9:30 a.m.– Welcome Remarks: “Sarah Pierce’s Female Academy,” Catherine Fields, Executive Director, Litchfield Historical Society

10 a.m.- “The Litchfield Effect,” C. C. Borzilleri, Program and Administrative Coordinator, Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation.

11 a.m. - “The Litchfield Female Academy and the Future of American Education,” Mark Boonshoft, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History at Norwich University

12 p.m. – Lunch

12:30 p.m. – Walking Tour.

1 p.m. – Collections Focus, 2 p.m., “The Book, the Needle, and the Pen… Connecticut Schoolgirls and Their Lessons” with Susan P. Schoelwer, Ph.D., Executive Director, Historic Preservation and Collections and Robert H. Smith Senior Curator at George Washington’s Mount Vernon.

3 p.m. - “An Examination of Lucy Sheldon’s Music Books,” with Jewel A. Smith, Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music

4 p.m. - Reception.

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