The Litchfield Female Academy was one of a small group of early schools that played a critical role in shaping later educational, social, and economic opportunities for women in the United States. Through her innovative curriculum, the school’s founder Sarah Pierce transformed the lives of the more than 3,000 women who attended the school. Over its forty-one year history, from 1792-1833, the Litchfield Female Academy attracted students from fifteen states and territories, Canada, Ireland and the West Indies.
Our newest exhibit Thoughts, Words, and Deeds: Exploring the Litchfield Female Academy introduces you to the school and highlights newly discovered information about the students and their legacies. On view in the Cunningham Gallery, this show is the introduction for a larger, 2-year exhibit about the history and influence of Miss Pierce’s school that will open in 2018.
To learn more about the students who attended the Female Academy, visit our online database The Ledger.