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Putting the Her in Hero:

Women in the American Revolution at Pardee-Morris House

New Haven, Conn. (June 11, 2024) –  According to history buff Eric Chandler, the giants of the American Revolution stood on the shoulders of “little” people. And it is those common people—in particular, women—to whom Chandler intends to give credit during his upcoming presentation for the New Haven Museum, “Women in the American Revolution: Putting the ‘Her’ in Heroics,” at the Pardee-Morris House on Sunday, July 21, 2024, at 2 p.m. Register for this free NH250 event here. For weather updates check FB/IG or call 203-562-4183. 

NHM Director of Programming and Planning Cindy Riccio notes that Chandler’s lecture is a good fit for NH250, an ongoing series of programming she’s developing at NHM to complement “America 250.” Culminating with the 250thanniversary of the Declaration of Independence, the NH250 series will highlight inclusive, local, and lesser-known stories, connecting past and present. Chandler is completely on board. “I’d like to show that what each of us does, when taken collectively, can have a huge effect on the trajectory of history,” he says. 

Chandler will highlight women—some famous, others relatively unknown—who generally saw a job that needed to be done and took mattters into ther own hands, including:

  • Deborah Sampson, who fought disguised as a man in the 4th Massachusetts Regiment,                       
  • Elizabeth “Betty” Zane, who, in the face of danger, demanded to bring badly needed ammunition to her embattled outpost.
  • Sybil Ludington, who rode to call the Duchess County militia to march to save Danbury, Connecticut.
  • Margaret Corbin, a/k/a “Molly Pitcher,” who became a mythical heroine of the American Revolution

“The role of women seemed a natural topic leading up to 250th, and I wanted to go beyond the ‘Founding Mothers.’” Chandler says. “What about the unknown heroines? Further, women are still fighting to have their place as equal at the table.” 

Chandler asks that visitors consider the apocryphal tales about George Washington that were taken as historic gospel for many years, with no basis in fact. “Yet, when it comes to women, unless it was written into the contemporary record, then it ‘didn’t happen,’” Chandler adds. He notes that one of the stories he shares is about Nancy Hart Morgan, whose actions during the Revolutionary War were family lore, and adds the story was substantiated by physical evidence in 1913, 125 years after the fact. 

About Eric Chandler

Chandler is a retired land-title insurance underwriter whose interest in the American Revolution was sparked at an early age. He participated in the Bicentennial activities beginning in 1974 as a founding member of the recreated 5thConnecticut Regiment Continental Line. Since then, he has portrayed infantry, light infantry, whaleboat raider, artillerist and both mounted and dismounted dragoon. He currently serves as lieutenant and regimental adjutant for the reestablished Sheldon’s Horse 2nd Regiment Continental Light Dragoons. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Norwalk Historical Society and is in his fourth term on the City of Norwalk Historical Commission.

About NH250

This event is part of NH250, an ongoing series of programming developed by New Haven Museum to complement “America 250.” Culminating with the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, the series will highlight inclusive, local, and lesser-known stories, connecting past and present. 

About the Pardee-Morris House

Located at 325 Lighthouse Road, in New Haven, the Pardee-Morris House dates from about 1780, and is listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places. Built by Amos Morris around 1750, the house was burned by the British during their raid on New Haven in 1779 and rebuilt and expanded by the Morris family. In 1918, William S. Pardee, a descendant of the Morris family, willed the property to the New Haven Colony Historical Society, today the New Haven Museum. For a complete list of summer events at the Pardee-Morris House, visit: http://newhavenmuseum.org/visit/pardee-morris-house/ For New Haven Museum’s event calendar: http://newhavenmuseum.org/visit/events-calendar/ Sign up for e-blasts at info@newhavenmuseum.org.

About the New Haven Museum

The New Haven Museum has been collecting, preserving and interpreting the history and heritage of Greater New Haven since its inception as the New Haven Colony Historical Society in 1862. Located in downtown New Haven at 114 Whitney Avenue, the Museum brings more than 375 years of New Haven history to life through its collections, exhibitions, programs and outreach. As a Blue Star Museum, the New Haven Museum offers the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve, free admission all year. For more information visit http://newhavenmuseum.org  or @NewHavenMuseum or call 203-562-4183.

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