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National Votes for Women Trail

Hooker House Historic Marker Dedication

August 4, 2022

 

 

Come celebrate the many contributions of Isabella Beecher Hooker and her husband, John, to the advancement of woman suffrage, as their historic home at 140 Hawthorn Street receives its marker on The National Votes for Women Trail. The 45-minute community program will include a brief biographical summary by Susan Campbell and speeches by Secretary of State Denise Merrill and other elected officials. To continue the legacy of the Hookers’ voting rights advocacy, representatives from the Hartford Votes Coalition, HartfordNext, Everyday Democracy, and others will be on hand to share voting access information.

 

 

True partners in the movement, Isabella and John for decades advocated women’s right to vote, in addition to legislation that codified property rights for married women in Connecticut. Each authored numerous essays and letters to the editor in support of greater civic autonomy for women, both locally and nationally, and encouraged broad dialogue among suffragists, rather than the more restricted, “respectable” discourse championed by some in the movement.

 

 

The dedication of Isabella and John’s marker will take place at their Hawthorn Street home, just around the corner from the Stowe Center. A more in-depth discussion of their suffragist work, featuring Susan Campbell, author of Tempest-Tossed: The Spirit of Isabella Beecher Hooker, will begin at noon at the Stowe Center.

 

 

A project of The National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites, The National Votes for Women Trail denotes sites from all over the country that allow us to tell the untold story of suffrage for all women, of all ethnicities, that extends well past the passage of the 19th amendment. The William G. Pomeroy Foundation is complementing these efforts with the donation of 250 historic roadside markers nationally.

 

 

The dedication of the marker is free and open to the public. Participants planning to attend Susan Campbell’s noon presentation at the Stowe Center should register here.

 

Location 140 Hawthorn St./ Hartford, CT 06105
Doors Open 10:00 am
Program 10:00-10:45 am