Todd Hitt Spearheads Fundraising for New Museum
Honoring Women’s Suffrage

Set for 2017 Centennial Opening


LORTON, VA / FEBRUARY 29, 2017 — Todd Hitt, CEO of Kiddar Capital, has donated $250,000 to the Workhouse Arts Center in support of a new museum honoring the courageous women who fought for the ratification of the 19th Amendment. The museum opens on the 100th anniversary of the unjust imprisonment of 72 women at the Lorton Workhouse — a critical point in the movement to secure voting rights for all women in the United States.

The Lucy Burns Museum, named for American suffragist and women’s rights advocate Lucy Burns, will be built within the original Cellblock W-2. The block retains 38 cells from the Workhouse’s former life as a prison on the Center’s 55-acre National Historic Register campus.

“These iron-jawed angels risked everything pursuing the right to vote, a right many of us now take for granted,” said Todd Hitt. “I’m both humbled and honored to be a small part of celebrating their incredible contribution to the history of this great country, and look forward to the day the doors of the Lucy Burns Suffrage Museum open to the public.”

An immersive guest experience will be built around original prison artifacts along with state-of-the-art exhibits, teaching and interpretive technologies, and new public programs. The wrongful imprisonment and brutal treatment of 72 women protesters at the Workhouse prison in 1917 will be central to the museum’s message of how these women fought and suffered for the political rights of future generations.

Ava Spece, President and CEO of the Workhouse Arts Center, notes that “the new Workhouse Museum is an exciting project dedicated to the incredible chronicle of the suffragists, their ordeal at the Workhouse Prison, and the significant changes they made to our society. This project wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of Workhouse supporters throughout our community, including Todd Hitt of Kiddar Capital and Rick Hausler, CEO of Insight Property Group, LLC who have raised $650,000 toward its completion.”

The museum is scheduled to open late 2017.


About the Workhouse

The Workhouse Arts Center is a 501(c)(3) organization, serving more than 100,000 visitors annually with performances, art exhibits, history programming, and art classes. To learn more about the Workhouse, please visit

For additional information, or to donate or support this important project, please contact Ava Spece, President & CEO at or 703–584–2900.