Unravelling the Remarkable Legacy of the Woman Who Opened the Doors for Korea’s Women
This talk commemorates Women’s History Month by exploring the remarkable legacy of Mary Fletcher Benton Scranton — the New England widow, mother, mother-in-law, and grandmother who traveled to Korea in 1885 and forever changed the country’s sociological landscape by opening the country’s first school for girls.
Ellen S. Swanson, a Connecticut native and current shoreline resident will reveal how she became an accidental history hunter after stumbling upon the Scranton name in a Korean history book more than twenty years ago. Ms. Swanson will discuss Mary Scranton’s accomplishments in Korea as well as link various aspects of Mrs. Scranton’s family relations and formative years to well-known and lesser-known aspects of Connecticut, US, and Korean history.
Be prepared to be surprised.