Come by the Litchfield History Museum on Thursday, October 5 at 2:00 pm and meet Elizabeth Keckly, a revolutionary nineteenth-century woman! Storyteller Tammy Denease will recreate Keckly’s life as a strong businesswoman, writer, and social activist. This program will also include games, a look into the Historical Society’s archives, and a Lincoln cake.

A former enslaved woman who purchased the freedom of herself and her son with $1,200, Keckly became most well-known as the couturier of her time, as well as the seamstress and confidante of First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln. Keckly was also instrumental in forming the Home for Destitute Colored Women and Girls and the Contraband Relief Association, an organization committed to providing clothing, food, and housing to former slaves.

Tammy Denease specializes in bringing to life the lives of several important, but often forgotten, women from American history, including Elizabeth Freeman and Bessie Coleman. Based in Connecticut, she is a museum educator who regularly gives tours of local historic homes and presents programs to children on colonial history, health, medicine, and slavery.

The fee for this program is $10 per person and $8 for each additional family member. There will be a cap of $30 per family. Registration is required for these events. Please reserve your spot by emailing or by calling (860) 567-4501.

The Litchfield History Museum is located at 7 South Street, Litchfield, CT. For more information about this or other programs, please call (860) 567-4501 or see