Zitkála-Šá, Photogravure by Joseph T. Kelley, 1898 (printed 1901), courtesy of National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
“Equality Is the Sacred Law of Humanity,” c. 1903–1915, lithograph by Egbert C. Jacobson, courtesy of Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
The Winona County History Center is hosting three new traveling exhibits themed around the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the Slaggie Family Lobby. Two open on August 28 and another arrives later this fall. Check them out!
A Century of Civic Engagement: League of Women Voters Minnesota August 28 to October 20
The Minnesota Legislature finally voted “yes” on September 8, 1919, to ratify the 19th Amendment to the U.S. 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.” 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. Local suffragettes and other leading ladies throughout Winona County’s history will also be featured within the exhibition. It is free!
Votes For Women: A Portrait Of Persistence August 28 to December 31
The crusade for women’s suffrage is one of the longest reform movements in American history. Between 1832 and 1920, women citizens organized for the right to vote, agitating first in their states or territories and also, simultaneously, through petitioning for a federal amendment. Based on the National Portrait Gallery exhibition of the same name, Votes for Women will broaden visitors’ understanding of the suffrage movement in the United States. The poster exhibition will address women’s political activism, explore the racism that challenged universal suffrage, and document the ratification of the 19th Amendment which prohibits the government from denying U.S. citizens the right to vote on the basis of gender. It will also touch upon the suffrage movement’s relevance to current conversations on voting and voting rights across America. It is free!
Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence is organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery. This project received support from the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative.
Then later this fall stop back for an amazing quilt exhibition!
Vote for Quilts October 27 to December 31
Continuing the celebration of 100 years of women’s suffrage, check out this added traveling exhibition, Vote for Quilts, featuring creations from the Women’s Right to Vote: Revolution and Evolution quilt challenge. Thirty-six 24-inch square quilts were made by quilters from across the nation in celebration of the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote. Quilts have been a voice for women championing causes for generations. The tradition lives on in this amazing project, becoming an exhibit, with works that range from the traditional to very modern. This exhibit is sponsored and created by the Dakota County Star Quilters.
Also, the WCHS annual raffle quilt, Women of Influence, honors 12 leaders of the suffrage movement and was made by the Third Thursday Friendship Circle and Winona Area Quilters Guild. It is machine quilted by Mary Nelson. The quilt is 92 x 116 inches. Get your chances to win and more information at the History Center or call 507-454-2723, extension 0. Raffle tickets are just $1 each! The drawing will be held on December 7, 2020, at 9 a.m. (you need not be present to win). Women of Influence is displayed in the Slaggie Family Lobby at the History Center.
Electrifying Minnesota — Postponed
The Minnesota Historical Society Exhibits to Go traveling exhibit program has been suspended due to COVID-19 for the rest of this year, but watch for Electrifying Minnesota to be rescheduled in 2021.
The Winona County History Center is open from Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with steps to stay safe in place that include masks, hand sanitizer stations, and limited occupancy. Admission to the main exhibit hall and research room is $5 for adults, $3 for students, and is always free for WCHS members and youth ages 7 and younger. You may also find more information at www.winonahistory.org.