Happy Thanksgiving 2021! Sarah Hale, the “Mother of Thanksgiving”

Watch this video about Sarah Josepha Hale, author of Mary Had a Little Lamb, editor of Godey’s Lady’s Book, and the “mother of Thanksgiving” as a Federal holiday. Sarah is portrayed by Dr. Darla Shaw, creator of our Change Agents: Ridgefield Women to be Remembered series.

Darla Shaw

By Darla Shaw

Dr. Shaw is a professor of education and women’s studies at Western Connecticut State University. Prior to teaching at WCSU, Dr. Shaw was a teacher and administrator in the Ridgefield School System. She has been teaching for 63 years full time and history and related research are two of her passions. To keep her college classes motivated, Dr. Shaw became a storyteller and now takes on the role of over 36 different historical characters. She will be sharing the stories of some of these famous Ridgefield women.