On October 26 at 1:30 pm the Roseau County Historical Society and Museum presents Jane Skinner Peck in:
Votes for Women, Ja! a one-woman theatrical presentation and lecture tracing the pivotal contributions of Nordic immigrant suffragists to voting rights in Minnesota. Presenter Jane Peck is a choreographer, historian, writer, and professor. Her own female Norwegian ancestors were involved in the struggle. Through ragtime dance, acting, slides, and story, audiences are introduced to the development of feminine power and organizational skills in our Nordic grandmothers as they fought for Minnesota women’s suffrage and other social needs. These stories from a unique chapter of Minnesota history and lift the lid off the quiet Nordic grandma image!
This program is free and open to the public with refreshments being served. The program will be held at the Roseau City Center.
We will also have the museum open one hour prior to the program and one hour after the program so visitors have a chance to view the traveling exhibit for one last time.
A Century of Civic Engagement: The League of Women Voters Minnesota traveling exhibit
The Minnesota Legislature finally voted YES on September 8, 1919, to ratify the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution, granting women the right to vote and ending the 72-year struggle for woman suffrage.
But as distinguished Minnesota suffragist Clara Ueland said that day, “Today is the commencement rather than the end of our work.” The League of Women Voters Minnesota was born, with Ms. Ueland as its first President, to help carry out the new work of empowering voters and defending democracy, with women now at the table – and in the voting booth. One hundred years later, LWV Minnesota continues to thrive as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization promoting good government and civic engagement throughout Minnesota.
Come visit this vibrant exhibit that features Minnesota’s suffrage story, highlighting the women who made it happen – and who continue to lead through the League of Women Voters to make democracy work for all.
“This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.