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Third Thursday Program: “Women of Bristol” *CANCELLED*
March 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. Due to concerns associated with the COVID-19 virus, this event is cancelled. Please stay healthy and we look forward to seeing you when things get back to normal!
The Bristol Historical Society Celebrates Women’s History Month!
2020 marks 100 years since the 19th amendment that gave women the right to vote. The Bristol Historical Society will acknowledge this anniversary during its Third Thursday program at 7pm on March 19th, featuring Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu, Bristol’s first female mayor.
“Recognizing the contributions of Bristol women during this centennial will make for a very interesting program,” stated Program Chair Ellie Wilson. “For more than 100 years, Bristol has seen strong, passionate female leaders in all different capacities. The Mayor will be highlighting some of these remarkable stories in her comments.”
“Democracy is so important to all Americans as the way we all have a voice in choosing our leaders. A true democracy is one where every person has the right to vote,” stated Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu. “It’s hard to believe that Bristol became incorporated as a city in 1913, and that women had no say in that momentous change, adoption of a Charter and establishment of departments.”
There are a number of highly recognizable names associated with Bristol’s history since 1785, such as Katherine Gaylord, for whom the local Daughters of the American Revolution chapter is named; Candace Roberts, who left a diary that gives us a wonderful glimpse of society in the early 1800s, Julia Tompkins who many people would not know but who left $5,000 (equal to $150,000 in today’s value) and Mary Root, whose estate left $143,000 (equal to over $3 million in today’s value) to the City for the establishment of a library at the turn of the 19th century.
Over the last 100 years, there are even more women who played pivotal roles, including the establishment of the Boys Club, the Girls Club, those who stepped into manufacturing during wartime production, and the many who presided over the philanthropic, educational and social aspects.
“We look forward to a fun evening program that will celebrate the contributions of many,” stated Mike Saman, President of the Bristol Historical Society. “And with the mayor being associated with the Historical Society for the last 20 years, we could not think of a better person to lead this particular Third Thursday.”
Zoppo-Sassu became the City’s first female elected to the position of Mayor in 2017, following 4 terms on the City Council. She was re-elected in November of 2019. In addition to Zoppo-Sassu, there have only been 9 other women who have served on the City Council in the last 107 years: Ann Degnan, Sr. Sandra Shaw, Lynn Rossi, Patti Ewen, Mayra Berrios-Sampson, Kate Matthews, Jodi Gagne, and current members Mary Fortier and Brittany Barney.
The event is free and open to the public, although donations are welcome. The program and reception runs from 7:00pm-9:00pm with refreshments served. The Bristol Historical Society is located at 98 Summer Street. It is handicapped accessible from the Center Street entrance and a ramp in the rear parking lot.