Events


Lectures, Music, & More!

People still talk about the stunning series of programs over a four year period that coincided with the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Many of these events featured skilled re-enactors in period dress and filled the community room at the Avon Public Library to standing room only.

The Society continues to offer remarkable presentations on a wide range of topics, providing an informal forum for professors and researchers, home-grown experts, published authors, and local history enthusiasts to share their fascination with the history of our region. These enthusiastic speakers are all knowledgeable in their area of expertise and we truly appreciate their willingness to engage our audiences.

We offer these programs at different times of the day and on different days of the week to provide the community with a variety of access options. These events are usually held at the Avon Free Public Library or at the Senior and Community Center at little or no cost to the public. However, if you enjoyed our program, please consider making a donation to allow us to continue our Mission.

Please contact us if you wish to be considered as a speaker for future programs. If you would like to make a donation to support the programs offered by the Avon Historical Society, you can do so by visiting our Donations Page.


SPRING LECTURES & EVENTS


100th Aniversary of the Women's Suffrage Movement

These events will be held at multiple locations within the town of Avon. Programs are free, no registration.


Someone Must Wash the Dishes: An Anti-Suffrage Satire

Wednesday, March 27, 2019, 2:00 pm
Avon Free Public Library, 281 Country Club Road

Many women fought against getting the vote in the early 1900s, but none with more charm, prettier clothes—and less logic—than the fictional speaker in this satiric monologue written by pro-suffragist Marie Jenney Howe, back in 1912. Reviewers have called this production “wicked” in its wit, and have labeled Michèle LaRue’s performance “side-splitting.”

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I Now Pronounce You Lucy Stone

A dramatic presentation by History At Play
Saturday, June 8, 2019, 2:00 pm
Avon Free Public Library, 281 Country Club Road

In this fiery presentation, Lucy Stone describes the tension of Antebellum Boston. Her discussion touches on the gender caste system and also encompasses the fierce abolitionist movement. Women were evolving from successful abolitionists to struggling suffragists, and their fight was ferocious, so come along for the ride!

Critically acclaimed actress Judith Kalaora portrays the outspoken 19th-century “feminist-abolitionist” in this performance, written by the actress herself.

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