Join historian, author, and filmmaker Dr. Rita Heller, Associate Professor of History at the County College of Morris, on Wed. March 8 at 2 p.m. as she is set to present 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, 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. 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 MCHSAcornHall@gmail.com 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, founded in 1945, is a member supported 501 (c)3 organization whose mission is to preserve and promote the history of Morris County.