In this episode, Dr. Darla Shaw takes on the role of Mabel Cleves, an early education specialist who was educated at Columbia University, studied with Dr. Maria Montessori, and was the first certified public kindergarten teacher in Connecticut. The Veteran’s Park Elementary School auditorium is named after her.
- Series Introduction
Dr. Darla Shaw gives a brief overview of her upcoming new series of podcasts.
Dr. Shaw is a professor of education and women’s studies at Western Ct. 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.
- Episode 1: Alice Paul
Dr. Darla Shaw portrays Alice Paul, resident of Ridgefield for 40 years and co-leader with Carrie Chapman Catt in the battle for the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.
*Please note the following correction: It was Harriet Tubman, not Harriet Beecher Stowe, who was selected to appear on the $20 bill.
- Episode 2: The Auditorium Ladies, Part 1 - Mabel Cleves
This week’s podcast is featured above.
- Episode 3: The Auditorium Ladies, Part 2 – Anne S. Richardson
- Episode 4: The Women of Weir Farm