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Webinar: “The Better Angels” with Bob Plumb

Based on his eponymous book, Bob Plumb tells the stories of five women who changed Civil War America - Harriet Tubman, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Clara Barton, Julia Ward Howe, and Sarah Josepha Hale.

Harriet Tubman, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Clara Barton, Julia Ward Howe, and Sarah Josepha Hale came from backgrounds that ranged from sheer enslavement to New York City’s elite.  Surmounting social and political obstacles, they emerged before and during the worst crises in American history, the Civil War.

In his presentation, Plumb traces these five remarkable women’s awakenings to analyze how their experiences shaped their responses to the challenges, disappointments, and joys they encountered.  Here is Tubman, fearless conductor on the Underground Railroad, alongside Stowe, the author who awakened the nation to the evils of slavery. Barton led an effort to provide medical supplies for field hospitals, and Union soldiers sang Howe’s “Battle Hymn of the Republic” on the march.  And, amid a national catastrophe, Hale’s campaign to make Thanksgiving a national holiday helped move North and South toward reconciliation.

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Meet RHS Intern, Antonia ten Holder

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Scott House Journal, January 2023

This edition of the Scott House Journal includes Jack Sanders’ recommendations on what items are worth saving to help future historians provide an accurate view of the past; as well

Picks from the Archive: Rob Orr

In this “Picks from the Archive,” Ridgefield Historical Society volunteer, Rob Orr, shares some of the resources he used to learn more about his home and its history.

Scott House Journal, October 2022

This edition of the Scott House Journal includes stories on the inaugural Witness Stones installation in Ridgefield at the David Scott House, also the Historical Society headquarters; and a wonderful

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