“We Fight For Roses, Too” Exhibit at Otis Library


Otis Library will host the exhibit “We Fight For Roses, Too” from March 4 – March 30, 2019 in the Millie and Martin Shapiro Community Room.  This exhibit, on loan from the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame, is dedicated to the stories, struggles, and achievements of women who have shaped the culture and society of Connecticut and the nation. The title of the exhibit is from the well-known women’s labor song “Bread and Roses.”  Small art and love and beauty their drudging spirits knew.  Yes, it is bread we fight for, but we fight for roses, too.

Aunt Hattie’s House

An opening reception will be held on Monday, March 4, at 6pm with a performance of “Aunt Hattie’s House,” a one-woman historical play with accomplished actor, producer and playwright Emma Palzere-Rae.  She will portray Harriet Beecher Stowe, the 19th century Connecticut author of the acclaimed novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.”  This is a free program; refreshment will be provided.  Sponsored by The Elsie Brown Fund.

Emma Palzere-Rae as Harriet Beecher Stowe

Emma Palzere-Rae as Harriet Beecher Stowe

Ann Nyberg: “Remembering Katharine Hepburn”

Ann Nyberg, author & WTNH-TV’s anchor and reporter, will discuss and sign copies of her book, “Remembering Katharine Hepburn: Stories of Wit and Wisdom about America’s Leading Lady” on Saturday, March 16, at 1pm at Otis Library.  This free program is presented in conjunction with the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame exhibit “We Fight For Roses, Too” on display at Otis Library through the month of March.  Nyberg, founding member and current board vice-president of the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center (The Kate) in Old Saybrook, will discuss the extraordinary life of Katharine Hepburn through personal remembrances from people whose lives she influenced.

Ann Nyberg

Ann Nyberg

Ann Nyberg is the longest serving, full-time anchor/reporter in Connecticut television history, anchoring the news at WTNH-TV (ABC) in New Haven. She began her broadcast journalism career right after graduation from Purdue University with a degree in journalism. Highlights of her career include assignments to Cuba and to the Vatican. She also hosts her own on-air and online long format chat show called Nyberg, on which she interviews innovators, entrepreneurs, and everyday folk, anybody who has a story to tell. Ann’s popular website, “Network Connecticut,” spotlights people, places, innovators, entrepreneurs, and small businesses all over the state.

 This program is free and open to the public but registration is required.To register, call 860-889-2365, ext. 128, or visit the library’s online calendar at www.otislibrarynorwich.org.

“Women in Connecticut History.”

Otis Library, in partnership with the Norwich Free Academy History Department, is hosting a Women’s History Month Tea on Saturday, March 30, at 12pm.  This year’s theme is “Women in Connecticut History.”  Join students as they portray ground-breaking women in Connecticut History.  Attendees will be encouraged to visit with the women and ask questions while enjoying tea and desserts.  Guest speaker is Tina Carlson, Program Coordinator at the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame.  Free program; registration is required.  Sponsored by The Elsie Brown Fund. To register, call (860) 889-2365, ext. 128, or register on the online calendar at www.otislibrarynorwich.org.

For more information on the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame, visit www.cwhf.org.