Monday, March 5, 2012

Executive director of The Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame to speak in New Haven

 The New Haven Museum will hold a program featuring Katherine Wiltshire, executive director of The Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame, that will celebrate achievements of Connecticut women at 6 p.m. March 22.
Wiltshire will discuss the lives of Ella T. Grasso, the first woman elected governor of Connecticut; Constance Baker Motley, the first female African-American federal court judge; Anni Albers, the first weaver to have a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art; and Dorrit Hoffleit, a senior astronomer at Yale University who wrote the Bright Star Catalogue, which details the 9,110 brightest stars in the sky, according to a statement.
Admission is free, but donations are welcome. Light refreshments will be served, the statement said.
Wiltshire “began her career in corporate banking in New York City. With a burning desire to concentrate her efforts on more humanitarian issues, (she) shifted her energies to the non-profit sector in 2001 and has served as the executive director of The Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame since 2006,” the statement said. She earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Salem College and a master’s degree in Women’s Studies, with a concentration in Women’s History, from Southern Connecticut State University, where she has also served as an adjunct professor of Women’s Studies, the statement said. She was born in Virginia and lived in Connecticut for more than 25 years, the statement said.
“The mission of the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame is to honor publicly the achievements of Connecticut women, preserve their stories, educate the public and inspire the continued achievement of women and girls.”
The New Haven Museum, founded as the New Haven Colony Historical Society in 1862, is at 114 Whitney Ave. For more information, contact Michelle Cheng, director of education at (203) 562-4183 ext. 11 or

Editor's note: All information in this post was contributed.

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