Preview: 2020 Winter and Spring programs at Providence’s Lippitt House Museum

There are a variety of fun, interactive and exciting programs coming up at Lippitt House Museum as we enter the roaring 20s! This year is the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment which made it illegal to prevent a woman from voting based on her sex. Throughout 2020, Lippitt House Museum will highlight this important milestone with themed programs, tours, concerts and a special installation May through October. There is something for everyone—don’t miss it!

Valentine’s Concert and Wine Tasting with Bank of Ireland

Thursday, February 13, 2020Wine tasting 5:30 p.m.; Concert 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.  

$20 advance/$25 day of the event. Event Sponsor Campus Fine Wines

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Ease into Valentine’s Day weekend with story songs and Irish tunes by Bank of Ireland. This year’s Hunter Music Series celebrates the voices of women through the lens of American roots music. Enjoy the romantic atmosphere of Lippitt House Museum as acoustic guitar, fiddle and the lead vocals of female vocalist Peri Delorenzo fill the historic interiors with a set list selected specifically for this special concert. A wine tasting curated by Campus Fine Wines—featuring women owned wineries and vintners—will be offered before the concert. This special program starts the 2020 Hunter Music Series concert season which highlights women performers throughout the year as part of the museum’s 19th Amendment commemoration programming.

2020 Community Discussion Series In partnership with the Providence League of Women Voters

The (Unfinished) Legacy of the Women’s Suffrage Movement: The Vote, Equity & Reform 

Mondays, March 16th, 23rd, & 30th – Reception 6:30 p.m.; Discussion 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

Free. Registration encouraged.

This year is the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment which made it illegal to prevent a woman from voting based on her sex. But in the last 100 years, what progress has been made on the issues promoted by suffragists—not only voting access but also criminal justice reform and equal pay? The 2020 community discussion series, in partnership with the Providence League of Women Voters, addresses issues suffragists fought for and how we can take action and promote change on matters still important 100 years later. The suffragists’ activist legacy is still relevant for America today. The work isn’t done—we’re still at!

Monday, March 16 Equity in Voting 

What are impediments that keep eligible voters from exercising their franchise? What can be done to overcome barriers and encourage broader participation?

Scheduled Speakers:

  • Kat Kerwin – Providence City Councilwoman and community organizer
  • Wendy Schiller – Chair of Political Science, Brown University 
  • Angel Taveras – Former Providence Mayor

Monday, March 23 Criminal Justice Reform

What is being done to overcome biases in the criminal justice system, promote the exercise of justice with equity, and not unjustly burden communities of color?

Scheduled Speakers:

  • Jill Harrison – Professor of Justice Studies, Rhode Island College
  • Judge Mary McElroy – Judge Federal District Court of Rhode Island
  • Judge Judith C. Savage – Former Rhode Island Superior Court Judge 

Monday, March 30 Equal Pay for Equal Work 

What can be done today to promote equal pay for equal work regardless of sexual orientation, gender, age, race, or ethnicity?

Scheduled Speakers:

  • Marcela Betancur – Executive Director, Latino Policy Institute
  • Rachel Flum – Executive Director, Economic Progress Institute 
  • Maureen Maigret – Consultant, Senior Agenda Coalition of Rhode Island 

Radical Women – Blues Concert with Helen Sheldon – In partnership with Women’s Fund of Rhode Island

Tuesday, April 21, 2020Doors Open 5:30p.m.; Concert 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

$15 advance/$20 day of event.  Event Sponsor: Campus Fine Wines

Come early and view the traveling exhibition organized by the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island—Radical Women: A Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment. Then enjoy the spiritual and radical nature of the blues as performed by regional talent, Helen Sheldon. This concert is the second in the 2020 Hunter Music Series featuring women artists as part of the museum’s year-long commemoration of the ratification of the 19th Amendment by celebrating the voices of women through the lens of American roots music. 

Lippitt House Museum Tour Season – Opening Day, Friday May 1, 2020

May through October, Fridays & 3rd Saturdays, 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Guided tours start on the hour at Noon, 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., & 3:00 p.m.

$10 adults; $5 students (with valid ID); free children 12 and under; EBT Cardholder (up to four individuals per EBT card)

Visit the museum and learn how Providence’s evolution into a manufacturing hub and immigration destination during the Victorian era impacted everyday life for the Lippitt family and the servants who lived and labored in the house. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, this year’s tours will explore the gradual expansion of suffrage in the 19th and 20th centuries and how voting rights impacted Lippitt family members and servants as well as threats to voting rights today. 

Rosé & Croquet Sunday, June 28, 2020. 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  $50 in advance/$60 day of event.

Event Sponsor: Campus Fine Wines

Swing into Providence’s summer season with Rosé & Croquet! The party is sure to be a fun and relaxing way to enjoy Lippitt House’s garden with friends at this casually elegant affair.

For more information and tickets, please visit Lippitt House Museum’s Calendar of Events at 

About Lippitt House Museum

Preserve Rhode Island’s 1865 Lippitt House Museum offers guided tours, special exhibitions, lectures, art installations, concerts, and family programs. A National Historic Landmark, Lippitt House has one of the best-preserved Victorian interiors in America, allowing visitors to step into Providence’s Golden Age. Following the Lippitt family’s example of public service, the Museum’s cultural programming promotes civic engagement, the arts, and history of Providence.

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