The Saint Albans Museum will host their third annual Women’s History Month program on Wednesday, April 12 at 7pm in the Bliss Room, featuring a reader’s theater performance of Eve Merriam’s “Out of Our Fathers House.” The cast and crew are comprised entirely of community volunteers, under the direction of local actor, volunteer, and Peace Corps veteran John Bielicki.
This presentation, produced by special arrangement with Samuel French Inc, is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served. It is sponsored by the Saint Albans Museum, Peoples Trust Co. and Hannaford’s.
According to the National Women’s History Project, Women’s History Month, which occurs annually in March, was formally recognized by Congress in 1987, and has been promoted by state and local governments in various forms since the 1970s.
“Celebrating Women’s History Month is a newer tradition here at SAM that we are all especially proud of,” said Alex Lehning, Executive Director of the Saint Albans Museum. “Our volunteer performers generously share their time and talents to help bring these stories to life in such a unique and engaging way, and you can see them connect with the audience. That’s really the goal of any museum.”
This moving play is drawn from the diaries, journals and letters of women: a schoolgirl– founder of the Women’s Suffrage Movement, an astronomer, a labor organizer, a minister, a doctor and a woman from the Jewish ghetto. They are seen as they grow up, marry, bear children and face being ostracized for wanting careers.
Cast of Characters
ELIZA SOUTHGATE (1783-1809): schoolgirl
ELIZABETH CADY STANTON (1815-1902): founder of the Women’s Suffrage Movement
MARIA MITCHELL (1818-1889): astronomer
“MOTHER” MARY JONES (1830-1930): labor organizer
DR. ANNA HOWARD SHAW (1847-1919): minister and doctor
ELIZABETH GERTRUDE STERN (1890-1954): survivor of the Jewish Ghetto