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Sunday, October 1, 2023 @ 2:00 pm 3:00 pm EDT

This presentation has been postponed due to unforeseen circumstances and will be rescheduled in the near future.

The Ridgefield Historical Society, in partnership with the Ridgefield Library and Ridgefield CT Pride, will present, Intemperate Habits: LGBTQ History from a Connecticut Perspective, a talk by Susan Ferentinos, PhD. This free program is made possible by a grant from CT Humanities.

To celebrate the launch of the Ridgefield LGBTQ Oral History Project and LGBTQ History Month, historian Susan Ferentinos will offer an overview of LGBTQ history, with particular emphasis on the experiences of LGBTQ people in Connecticut. From some of the earliest evidence of same-sex desire in the English colonies to the LGBTQ civil rights struggles of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, Connecticut has been a part of the national story of gender and sexual diversity. By using local stories to illustrate national trends, Dr. Ferentinos will demonstrate the importance of individual LGBTQ lives and communities to our understandings of the past.

Susan Ferentinos, PhD, is a public history researcher, writer, and consultant helping cultural organizations share untold stories about women and LGBTQ people. She will be assisting with the Ridgefield LGBTQ Oral History Project and has recently worked with the Palmer-Warner House in East Haddam, Connecticut, and the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site in Hyde Park, New York. She is the author of the award-winning book Interpreting LGBT History at Museums and Historic Sites and has contributed her expertise to the National Park Service initiative “Telling All Americans’ Stories.”

Ridgefield Historical Society preserves, interprets, and fosters public knowledge of Ridgefield’s historical, cultural, and architectural heritage. Learn more by visiting

Ridgefield CT Pride celebrates Ridgefield’s LGBTQIA+ community, educates, promotes awareness, understanding, and acceptance, fosters a sense of belonging, as well as provides support for both LGBTQIA+ individuals and their friends and family. Learn more by visiting

Connecticut Humanities (CTH) is an independent, non-profit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. CTH connects people to the humanities through grants, partnerships, and collaborative programs. CTH projects, administration, and program development are supported by state and federal matching funds, community foundations, and gifts from private sources. Learn more by visiting

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