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Suffrage exhibit opens Saturday

Post by News Tribune Staff on Feb. 26, 2009 at 12:06 pm with No Comments »
February 26, 2009 12:06 pm

"Women’s Votes, Women’s Voices," an exhibit telling the story of the women’s suffrage movement in Washington, opens Saturday at the Washington State History Museum with a schedule of free events.

The exhibit will run through Sept. 27, and the more than 200 objects on display include a dress worn by suffragette leader Susan B. Anthony, a pair of her eyeglasses, her diary and a copy of the Declaration of Sentiments, the founding document of the women’s rights movement in the United States. Anthony campaigned throughout the last half of the 19th century for women’s rights, but died 14 years before the 19th Amendment to the Constitution granting women the right to vote was ratified.

Following an 11 a.m. introductory ceremony, doors to the exhibit will open to the public at 11:30. At 1 p.m., re-enactors in period dress will stage a suffragette march through the museum. Among the women in costume will be state Sen. Karen Fraser and state Rep. Mary Lou Dickerson.

No admission will be charged for any of these events. The museum is at 1911 Pacific Ave.,


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