DAR program to celebrate Women’s History Month
The Roger Sherman Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, which serves the Greater New Milford area, will celebrate Women’s History Month with a special program March 4 at 2 p.m.
An hour-long program with Judith Kalaora will chronicle the life of Deborah Sampson, the first women to enlist, to fight and to be honorably discharged from the American military, at the John Pettibone Community Center at 2 Pickett District Road.
Kalaora, founder and artistic director of History At Play, has garnered nationwide attention for her one-woman, living history performances, chronicling the lives of legendary women who changed society.
Her breakout performance in “A Revolution of Her Own” has received accolades from journalists, actors, and historians alike and has earned national recognition, as the performance was an Official Selection of the United Solo Theatre Festival, performing on 42nd Street, New York City.
The March program will showcase Sampson's arduous upbringing, one and a half years of active combat, and success as the first female professional soldier, through interactive stories and authentic colonial attire.
As a self-educated woman, Sampson was the only schoolmarm in Middleborough, Mass.; however, she felt a higher calling, as she heard news of the rebellion, while working in the local tavern.
After 10 years working as a farmhand, Sampson was strong and possessed the physical capabilities of her male counterparts. And then, on May 23, 1782, wearing an old soldier's uniform, she bound her chest, tied back her hair, and enlisted in the Fourth Massachusetts Regiment of the Continental Army, under the alias “Robert Shurtlieff.”