Heroes and Villains Prudence Crandall

For Immediate Release

A Heroine at the New Haven Museum

New Haven, CT, March 5, 2013—In honor of Women’s History Month in March, the New Haven Museum continues its Spring 2013 Heroes & Villains Lecture Series with a lecture on the life of Prudence Crandall, Connecticut’s official State Heroine. On Thursday, March 14 at 6:30 pm,Carolyn Ivanoff will present “Dare to Teach: The Life and Legacy of Prudence Crandall”, telling the story of how Crandall began a school in Canterbury, Connecticut in 1833 to educate young African-American women. Crandall would be bullied, harassed, threatened, fined, jailed, and tried three times because she dared to teach. The school was victimized by the populace, who contaminated the well, attempted arson, and, ultimately, the school was closed. Prudence Crandall would ultimately be honored and celebrated as the Connecticut State Heroine.

Carolyn Ivanoff is an Assistant Principal at Shelton Intermediate School. A graduate of Sacred Heart University, she has been an educator for over 25 years. She is committed to bringing history, social studies, and literacy programs beyond the classroom and into the community. In 2003, Ivanoff was named the Civil War Preservation Trust’s Civil War Preservationist Teacher of the Year. In 2010, she served on a panel of eight teachers who wrote the Civil War Trust’s national Civil War curriculum. In 2010 and 2011, the Connecticut League of History Organizations recognized the quality of her educational programs with Awards of Merit. Ivanoff has spoken at the National Social Studies Conference in Washington, DC, the North East Regional Conference on Social Studies (NERC) in Sturbridge, MA, the Kentucky Social Studies Council, and the Civil War Trust’s annual Teacher’s Institute, to name a few.

The New Haven Museum, founded in 1862 as the New Haven Colony Historical Society and currently celebrating its 150th Anniversary, is located in downtown New Haven at 114 Whitney Avenue. Join the Museum in exploring the stories behind some of the most important historical figures in the history of Greater New Haven and Connecticut. The lecture series will continue through 2013 as the New Haven Museum celebrates its 150th and the City of New Haven’s 375thanniversary. All lectures begin at 6:30 pm. All lectures are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Michelle Cheng, Director of Education, at (203) 562-4183 ext. 11 oreducation@newhavenmuseum.org.

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