The Litchfield Female Academy

Thoughts, Words, and Deeds: Exploring the Litchfield Female Academy
on view April 22 through November 26, 2017

Join us for our Annual Exhibit Opening on Friday, April 21, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy an evening of cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, while you explore our galleries and preview the exhibits. Kindly R.S.V.P. by April 18 by calling the Historical Society at (860) 567-4501 or email

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.


Also on view:
America's Pastimes: Sports and Recreation in Litchfield
Nils Hogner: Views of Litchfield
On display in the Siedel Gallery will be a selection of work by Nils Hogner, a painter of murals and portraits, a printmaker, and illustrator of children's books.  His career included art study in Denmark, living and working in the Southwest, and then settling primarily in New York City, and Litchfield, Connecticut.