History Museum Hosts Smithsonian Exhibit on Women’s Voting Rights

The Springfield History Museum on the Square is hosting an traveling Smithsonian exhibition focused around the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote through the 19th Amendment.

The exhibit, Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence, will run through September 27, 2020 and will be included in normal Museum admission costs.

The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was the culmination of efforts of women from 1832 to 1920. Women citizens organized for the right to vote, focusing first on their home states or territories, and then expanding to have the federal government amend the Constitution.

The exhibit is a poster exhibition focusing on women’s political activism, explores the racism that impacted the fight for universal suffrage, and documents that show the ratification of the 19th Amendment.

There will be several events surrounding the exhibition:

  • Wednesday, August 26, at 7 p.m., a book club discussion will be held about “The Engineer’s Wife” by Tracey Enerson Wood. The book is a biography about a husband and wife who find themselves going from New York’s East River, through suffragette riots, the halls of power in Manhattan and even dealing with P.T. Barnum.
  • Saturday September 12, at 2 p.m., a presentation on Rose O’Neill’s quest for women’s rights and suffrage will be shown at the Historic Fox Theatre or virtually through a Zoom presentation. The event is free for members, $10 for non-members.

Anyone with questions about the exhibition should contact the History Museum on the Square at 417-849-6348.

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