Sunday, March 5, 2017

"The Women of Summer" a Documentary Film Screening at the Morris County Historical Society - March 8, 2017

The Women of Summer a Documentary Film Screening 
At the Morris County Historical Society
Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Join historian, author, and filmmaker Dr. Rita Heller, Associate Professor of History at the County College of Morris, on Wednesday, March 8 at 2:00 pm as she presents her award-winning National Endowment for the Humanities documentary film The Women of Summer: An Unknown Chapter of American Social History at the Morris County Historical Society’s Acorn Hall.  The film captures a little-known chapter in American educational and social justice history when blue collar women participated in a pioneering and influential educational experiment known as the Bryn Mawr Summer School for Women Workers (1921-1938). The program was funded by many well-known capitalists of the era, and it introduced women of all backgrounds to a wide array of humanistic and political thought.

At this presentation, Dr. Heller will introduce the film, and speak of the legacy of Bryn Mawr College, which has focused on the education of women since opening in 1885. Dr. Heller received her BA from Bryn Mawr College, her MA from Columbia University, and her PhD from Rutgers University. She joined the CCM faculty in 1988 to create a Local History Program in the Department of History.

Space is limited to attend this presentation, and tickets must be purchased in advance; cost is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, $7 for students, and free for MCHS members. Contact the MCHS at 973-267-3465, or e-mail for more information and to purchase tickets. This presentation is offered as part of the MCHS’s Jeanne H. and William C. Watson Memorial Speakers Series, in honor of the MCHS’s first Executive Director, Jeanne Watson, 1980-1996.

The Morris County Historical Society at Acorn Hall is open on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, and on Sundays from 1:00- 4:00 pm. For a tour of Acorn Hall, admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $3 for students, and Free for children under age 12 and MCHS members. To see the current exhibit only, is one half of the price of admission.

The Morris County Historical Society, founded in 1946, is a member-supported, 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Acorn Hall, an Italianate Villa, is located at 68 Morris Avenue, Morristown, NJ. For more information, call 973-267-3465 or visit

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