October 8, 2020 – January 24, 2021
Fighting for the 19th Amendment: Suffrage, a Century Later
“The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”
– 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, officially adopted August 26, 1920
The ratification and adoption of the 19th Amendment was a major triumph for American women, but it was a hard-fought battle and an incomplete victory. The tensions at the core of the suffrage fight are with us even today. We see them reflected in the ongoing struggles for expanded voting rights for people of color, women’s rights, and LGBT rights in the past century.
This exhibition will give visitors an opportunity to see the competing rhetoric of the suffrage and anti-suffrage movements firsthand and to consider how their legacies still resonate in the 21st century. Through original pamphlets, images, and other printed materials, visitors will explore what Americans were reading and experience how citizens spoke about women’s rights and the right to vote 100 years ago.
We invite you to take a deeper look at suffrage and the history of struggle and activism that both preceded it and followed it.Exhibition and Related Programs
February 4 – May 2, 2021
Leisure in the Guilded Age: The Rise of Recreation from Fairgrounds to Ballrooms
This exhibition will showcase the development of diversions in industrial society. We will look at World’s Fairs and dancehalls and bring out some of our 1880s and 90s scrapbooks and ladies’ fans, as well as novels and travel literature. Explore a variety of themes including urbanization, industrialization, and class, as well as the emergence of activities and customs — like amusement parks — which are still thriving today.Exhibition and Related Programs