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Persistence Exhibition & Annual Celebration

October 8 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Persistence: Continuing the Struggle for Suffrage and Equality, 1848-2020

Exhibition Rollout & Fall Annual Celebration
Thursday, October 8, 2020, 6:00-8:00 pm

Online Event on Zoom
Registration required: https://rchsmn_persistence.eventbrite.com
Free. Upper level tickets available.

For questions, please contact RCHS for details at 651-222-0701 or info@rchs.com
Event will be recorded.

Join the Ramsey County Historical Society as we introduce our new online exhibition, Persistence: Continuing the Struggle for Suffrage and Equality, 1848-2020 with a very special online celebratory event on October 8, starting at 6:00 pm. This event will also celebrate the past year of RCHS & Gibbs Farm.

The RCHS exhibition: Persistence: Continuing the Struggle for Suffrage and Equality, 1848-2020, recognizes the champions at all levels of work who struggled to achieve voting rights for women in Minnesota, and whose example still serves activists in our community today. We commemorate these women and their work in Ramsey County and their contributions to American history and to the rights of women in this exhibition.

The exhibition will feature some of the Minnesota women who were leaders in the fight for suffrage and women’s rights, telling their stories through historical information and photos, and well as with original portraits commissioned by RCHS and created by local, Minnesota, South Dakota, and New York artists.

Join us online on October 8 as we celebrate these women and their accomplishments with a very special event. You’ll be able to talk with the artists who researched and created the portraits of these women and learn more about how the artists connected with their subjects, their artistic processes, and what they discovered in their research into these suffrage leaders.

You’ll also have a preview of the new online exhibition, Persistence: Continuing the Struggle for Suffrage and Equality, 1848-2020 created for everyone to view until it is safe to share it in person.

Watch for more information on the exhibition and the event coming soon!

Preliminary exhibition website: https://www.rchs.com/news/persistence-exhibition/

Featured image: Teresa Peyton by Klaire A. Lockheart.

Registration and Tickets/Donor Levels

Registration is required, basic tickets are free.
Registration: https://rchsmn_persistence.eventbrite.com

To donate to the Exhibition or the Celebration, use the form here.

Upper Level Ticket Donor Benefits
Items will be shipped or can be picked up at RCHS after the Oct. 8 event, dates TBA.
$19.00 – Suffragist Level
No benefits except our thanks for helping to support the work of RCHS!

The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was passed in Congress on June 4, 1919, and was on August 18, 1920was ratified on August 18, 1920. Suffragists had been working to pass this amendment since the country was founded.

$50.00-$99.00 – Susan B. Anthony Level
Face mask from a local, black- and woman-owned business, handmade, double-layer cotton with filter pocket and adjustable ear loops.  

Susan B. Anthony was an American social reformer and women’s rights activist who played a pivotal role in the women’s suffrage movement. In 1872, she was arrested in Rochester New York for attempting to vote.

$100.00-$249.00 – Persistence Level
Persistence Exhibition Poster 
Book: Turnout: Making Minnesota the State That Votes, author Joan Anderson Growe, with Lori Sturdevant, foreward by Hillary Rodham Clinton. MNHS Press.

Minnesota women worked for suffrage as early as the 1860s. The activist women featured in our exhibition, and so many more, PERSISTED, understanding that social change often requires struggle over decades.

$250.00-$1919.00 – Nellie Francis Level
Book: Suffrage at 100: Women in American Politics since 1920, edited by Stacie Taranto & Leandra Zarnow Johns Hopkins Press.
Good Acre gift box – locally made and sourced tea, cookies, and jam from women-owned businesses.

Nellie Griswold Francis Level Nellie Griswold Francis was a club woman, a suffragist, and an advocate for African Americans. In 1914, she founded the Everywoman Suffrage Club for women of color in St. Paul, and served in other organizations.

$1920 + above – Clara Ueland Level
Turnout book
Suffrage at 100 book
Good Acre gift box
Waldmans Brewery History Tour and beer tasing for four led by owner Tom Schroeder, plus crowlers & 2 appetizers.
Brewery tours limited to to the first 5 donors, to be used by June 30, 2021.

In 1913, Clara H. Ueland started the Equal Suffrage Organization of Minneapolis. Ueland was president of the organization, renamed the Minnesota Woman Suffrage Association, from 1914 until 1920, when the 19th Amendment passed. The MWSA became the League of Women Voters.

The Ramsey County Historical Society thanks our 2020 Sponsors for their generous support:

Celebration Lead Sponsor: Mairs & Power, Inc.

Waldmann Brewery & Wurstery

Exhibition Sponsors
Harlan Boss Foundation for the Arts

This project has been financed in part with funds provided by the State of Minnesota from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the Minnesota Historical Society.




October 8
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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