‘Four Centuries of Women’s History’ at New Haven Museum

The headstone of Sylvia Boone, an art historian and the first African-American woman to receive tenure at Yale.
The headstone of Sylvia Boone, an art historian and the first African-American woman to receive tenure at Yale, in Grove Street Cemetery.

Judith Schiff, chief research archivist at the Yale University Library, will be among the presenters of “Remembering New Haven Women: Four Centuries of Women’s History” at the New Haven Museum at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24.

Schiff will be joined by filmmaker Karyl Evans and Yale alumna Vera Wells in a program that will focus on many of the accomplished women interred in the New Haven Burying Ground, known also as the Grove Street Cemetery. Evans will show a brief documentary which features, among other notable women, Sylvia Boone, an art historian and the first African-American woman to receive tenure at Yale; Laurel Vlock, a pioneer television interviewer and co-founder of the New Haven-based Holocaust Survivors Project, an oral history archive housed at Yale; and Mary Goodman, a 19th centry African-American businesswoman whose bequest established scholarships for African-American students at the Yale Divinity School.

The program will be offered in collaboration with Friends of the Grove Street Cemetery. Admission is free; donations are welcomed.

The New Haven Museum, founded in 1862 as the New Haven Colony Historical Society, is located at 114 Whitney Ave. The museum collects, preserves, and interprets the history and heritage of Greater New Haven. For more information, visit the museum’s website or its Facebook page, or call 203-562-4183.

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