In this episode, Dr. Darla Shaw portrays Laura Curie Allee Shields who lived at the corner of Market and Main Streets, Ridgefield. She was a suffragist, civic leader, and along with her first husband, Dr. William H. Allee, was a champion in the improvement of Ridgefield schools.
- 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
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.
- Episode 2: The Auditorium Ladies, Part 2 – Anne S. Richardson
Dr. Darla Shaw takes on the role of Anne S. Richardson, prominent philanthropist and conservationist, who donated the land for Richardson Park. The Ridgefield High School auditorium is named after her.
This presentation is a wonderful complement to Terry McManus’s lecture series about Anne S. Richardson and Anne’s Ridgefield estate and gardens. Click here to view Terry’s program.
*Please note the following correction: Anne Richardson did not like colored lights at Christmas and had an ordinance drawn up to include only white lights in the decorating of the town for the holidays. The ordinance still stands today.
- Episode 3: The Women of Weir Farm
Dr. Darla Shaw portrays Cora Weir, youngest daughter of impressionist painter, J. Alden Weir. Cora, her two sisters, and Doris Andrews worked for 20 years to preserve Weir Farm and turn it into Connecticut’s first national historic site.
- Episode 4: Suffragettes on Main Street
This episode is featured at the top of this page.