Series: Change Agents: Ridgefield Women To Be Remembered

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The Powdermaker Sisters

Dr. Darla Shaw portrays Florence Powdermaker and tells the story of her sister Hortense, both Doctorates, who in the 1920s contributed greatly to the fields of psychiatry and anthropology, respectively. They lived on a 103-acre farm in Ridgebury for 30 years. Powdermaker Drive is named after them.

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Jeanne Cook

Dr. Darla Shaw portrays one of the town’s very first female entrepreneurs, Jeanne Cook, who moved to Ridgefield in 1970 and ran her own travel business on Main Street for over 25 years.

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Jacqueline Seligmann (The Cat Lady)

Dr. Darla Shaw shares the story of Jacqueline Seligmann, the “Cat Lady” of Barrack Hill and Old West Mountain Road. Darla speaks in the first person about her unusual relationship with Jacqueline.

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Mildred Gilman Wohlforth

Dr. Darla Shaw portrays Mildred Gilman Wohlforth, a well-known and highly paid crime journalist who lived in Ridgefield for over 60 years.

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Kathryn Morgan Ryan

Dr. Darla Shaw portrays Kathryn Morgan Ryan, an accomplished writer and researcher, who lived and worked in Ridgefield for over 30 years.

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Elizabeth Biglow Ballard

Dr. Darla Shaw portrays Elizabeth Biglow Ballard who lived in the former home of Philip Burr Bradley. This property is now Ballard Park.

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Edwina Eustis Dick

Edwina Eustis Dick was a pioneer in the field of music therapy and was a founding member of the American Symphony Orchestra.

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Abigail Goodrich Whittlesey

Dr. Darla Shaw portrays editor, journalist, and publisher Abigail Goodrich Whittlesey who founded The Mother’s Magazine in the 1830s. She grew up in Ridgefield and was the daughter of Reverend Samuel Goodrich and the sister of prolific children’s author Samuel Goodrich (Jr.) also known as Peter Parley.

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