Citizens at Last: Hannah Ambler, Grace Schenck and the Vote

Opening June 20, 2020 (through Sept 12)

On November 2, 1920, Hannah Raymond Ambler proudly wrote “It is my first vote” in her daily journal.  This triumphant and poignant phrase, underlined for emphasis, captures the voice of just one of the women in Wilton who campaigned for suffrage.  Grace Knight Scheck, a force to be reckoned with in the community, was a leader who organized the first women’s suffrage meeting in town.  The stories of these two women are at the heart of the Wilton Historical Society’s exhibition “Citizens at Last: Hannah Ambler, Grace Schenck and the Vote” which joins the national recognition of the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing and protecting women’s constitutional right to vote.

The exhibition will use objects, images, texts, historic costumes plus a video and music to illustrate the activities and contributions of Wilton suffragists, with a special focus on Hannah Ambler and Grace Schenck  — placing the local story in state and national context. 

Their last names may be well known in Wilton – Ambler Farm and Schenck’s Island are local landmarks – but their individual lives are not.  This exhibition will shine a light on Hannah, Grace and other Wilton women who became citizens at last in 1920.

This exhibition is part of Wilton’s Centennial Celebrations of the Ratification of the 19th Amendment, as well as the Connecticut 100 Suffrage Centennial program.

Hannah Raymond Ambler, c. 1890

Grace Schenck