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

Grace Schenck

Opening Summer 2020

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 on-line 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 explore objects, images, texts, historic costumes, vignettes, and music to illustrate the activities and contributions of Wilton suffragists, with a special focus on Hannah Ambler and Grace Schenck which place Wilton’s story in state and national context.

Hannah Raymond Ambler, c. 1890

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.

Citizens at Last: Hannah Ambler, Grace Schenck and the Vote will be posted in July, and available indefinitely on the website.

This exhibition would not be possible without the generous support of the Elizabeth Raymond Ambler Trust.