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Fiery and Fierce: Katharine Houghton and the Work for Women’s Rights

In honor of Women’s History Month, Jessica Jenkins, Executive Director of the Litchfield Historical Society, will explore the activism of Katharine Houghton, mother of Katharine Hepburn.  

Katharine Houghton ardently campaigned for women’s rights, suffrage, and access to birth control, picketing the White House for women’s right to vote, forming the American Birth Control League (that later became Planned Parenthood) with Margaret Sanger, and supporting equal legal rights for women. Learn more about Katharine Houghton’s incredible life and fiery spirit at this in-person Museum Talk, followed by an audience Q & A.

Jessica D. Jenkins is the Executive Director of the Litchfield Historical Society, in Litchfield, CT. Prior to coming to Litchfield she served as Vice President of Collections and Storytelling at Minnetrista Museum and Gardens in Muncie, IN. She holds a B.A. in History from Quincy University, Quincy, IL, and an M.A. in Public History from Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT. While in Indiana, Jenkins oversaw the creation of the national award-winning exhibition, “Bob Ross Experience,” served as an associate producer for the Emmy-nominated documentary, “Bob Ross Experience,” and collaborated with colleagues to develop the award-winning museum theatre production, “In My Hands, In My Heart.” At Litchfield, she oversees all operations of the Litchfield Historical Society, working with a talented team to document, collect, and interpret the history of the community. Through a robust offering of programs; exhibitions at the Litchfield History Museum and Tapping Reeve House and Law School; the Tapping Reeve Meadow; the organization’s research library; and community collaboration the historical society builds a sense of place, pride, and contemplation amongst residents and visitors. In addition to her role in Litchfield, Jenkins has authored several publications on topics ranging from woman suffrage to World War I poster art, including the 2020 book, Exploring Women’s Suffrage Through 50 Historic Treasures. She has served the museum and local history fields through service on various organizational boards, committees, and task forces, including work with the American Association for State and Local History and the National Council on Public History. 



The Kate parking map - accessible parking is available on Main Street and in the parking lot behind the Kate

Parking at the Kate is free and easy! There is not one dedicated parking lot; however, there is ample parking surrounding the venue.

Parking on the street is limited and shared by all Main Street merchants. We ask that you consider one of the suggested off-street parking locations in blue where Kate patrons have permission to park.

Shows start promptly at the time posted to our website and printed on your tickets. Planning to arrive 15 minutes prior to the show is always a great idea—plus, it give you a few minutes to explore the Katharine Hepburn Museum!


The Kate is located at 300 Main Street in downtown Old Saybrook, a short distance from the I-95 corridor as well as the Route 9/I-95 interchange. Get Driving Directions


The Kate’s Concessions/Bar area is open for most shows, offering bottled water, soda, juice, and a selection of movie theater candy. For those 21 and over, a selection of beer, wine, prosecco, and simple mixed cocktails are available.

Cash or credit cards are accepted and beverages purchased at the Kate may be taken into the theater.

Concessions/bar may not be available for all performances and selections may vary. For more information, contact the Box Office at (860) 510-0453.

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Consider one of the many great nearby restaurants for a bite to eat before or after the show. To explore options, check out our Dining page.

The Kate theater is located on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the Cultural Arts Center. The orchestra level is accessible by elevator from the 1st floor lobby; the balcony is accessible only via stairs. Accessible seating locations may vary slightly by event and are clearly identified on the interactive seating chart for each performance. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Box Office at (860) 510-0453. For additional information, please reference our Box Office & Theater Policies.

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