Lectures, Music, & More!

People still talk about the stunning series of programs over a four year period that coincided with the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Many of these events featured skilled re-enactors in period dress and filled the community room at the Avon Public Library to standing room only.

The Society continues to offer remarkable presentations on a wide range of topics, providing an informal forum for professors and researchers, home-grown experts, published authors, and local history enthusiasts to share their fascination with the history of our region. These enthusiastic speakers are all knowledgeable in their area of expertise and we truly appreciate their willingness to engage our audiences.

We offer these programs at different times of the day and on different days of the week to provide the community with a variety of access options. These events are usually held at the Avon Free Public Library or at the Senior and Community Center at little or no cost to the public. However, if you enjoyed our program, please consider making a donation to allow us to continue our Mission.

Please contact us if you wish to be considered as a speaker for future programs. If you would like to make a donation to support the programs offered by the Avon Historical Society, you can do so by visiting our Donations Page.


DEEDS NOT WORDS: 100 Years of the Vote for Women

Sponsored by: Connecticut Humanities
Presented by: Avon Historical Society, Avon Free Public Library and Avon Senior Center
November 2019 - November 2020

The trio of Avon’s Historical Society, Library and Senior Center has received a $4,030.00 grant from CT Humanities to help fund the first half of a year-long series entitled DEEDS NOT WORDS: 100 Years of the Vote for Women. This series will focus on events that contributed to the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It will run from November 2019 to November 2020 with events at the Library and Senior Center; this grant funds the first six months of events.

The goal of this DEEDS series is to have the audience think widely about what Connecticut was doing in the mid-nineteenth to early twentieth centuries and how those moving forces shaped the dialogue leading up to the passage in 1919 and ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920. The notion of voting equality started in 1848, but was quickly dismissed. It took the organizing of several national Progressive Suffrage groups, with state chapters, to move the needle in every corner of the country. By 1869 Connecticut had a very active state chapter in favor of suffrage; while in 1910 another chapter formed to oppose it. But what was the suffrage movement and who were these women who took charge to change their world?

In our research we found quite a detailed story of how the suffrage movement in Connecticut took shape and the women who were both for and against it! Our DEEDS series will examine this and how it impacted the national movement. As well, we will uncovered the many Farmington Valley women, and men, who played national roles on both sides of the cause! We will have speakers, book talks, movies, exhibits and a debate. We invite the public to join us for the 12-month series to learn about the complicated and deep story of the cause of women’s suffrage in America,” explained Terri Wilson, president of the Avon Historical Society.

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), The Avon Historical Society is postponing all live attendance events, until the Fall. Sponsorships donated, and tickets sold for the 2020 Tablescapes, will be honored in 2021.

We regret any inconvenience this may cause.

ZOOM Lecture: Charlotte Perkins Gilman: Woman, Writer, Suffragette

Thursday, June 4 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Your computer, tablet, or phone!

Join us via Zoom on Thursday, June 4 at 7 pm, when three local feminist scholars discuss the suffragette Charlotte Perkins Gilman from four different angles: her biography and personal history with Dr. Kelly L Marino, Departments of History and Women’s Studies at Sacred Heart University; a literary analysis of her famous short story, “The Yellow Wallpaper” with Dr. Aimee Pozorski, Department of English Central CT State University; and a film analysis of the 2012 adaptation of “The Yellow Wallpaper” with Dr. Karen Ritzenhoff, Department of Communication at Central CT State University. Together, we hope not only to illustrate the legacy of one important women’s advocate, but also, through this one important example, the legacy of the suffragette movement overall.

Details and the sign up link are here.


All events in the DEEDS series are free and open to the public. A full listing will be posted on the Library’s website, and throughout social media of all three organizations. In addition, all Avon events will be posted on the Connecticut Commission on Women’s Suffrage ( & CT Humanities ( websites.

Call for original suffrage items! If anyone has any original suffrage items they are willing to share for our exhibits, please let us know. We are looking for personal items such as sashes, signs, letters, photos, etc. In 2020 there will be space available in locked exhibit cases in the Library for two suffrage exhibits. Please let the Avon Free Public Library (860-673-9712) or Avon Historical Society (860-678-7621) know if you are willing to loan items for display.