Persistence Exhibition

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

Online Exhibition Opening TBA

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The Ramsey County Historical Society (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 the rights of women in this exhibition.

The exhibition will feature historical information and photos, interpretive panels, and objects that tell the stories of the Minnesota women who were leaders in the fight for suffrage and women’s right. The exhibition will provide historical background on the Suffrage movement nationally and in Minnesota, while relating the struggle to current events.

The exhibition will also feature original portrait art of some of these leaders, commissioned by RCHS and created by local, Minnesota, South Dakota, and New York artists. Created in a wide variety of media, including painting, stained glass, textiles, drawing, and more, these portraits complement the historical information. Each artist chose a specific leader of the Minnesota Suffrage movement to commemorate, using their art to illustrate the themes, struggle, and determination of the campaigners. RCHS and the exhibition organizers developed this artistic commission to evoke pride in our foremothers in the movement. The exhibition and artwork addresses the emotion around what was (and for some, remains) a contentious event in our collective history, as well as a way to contemporize what some see as distant history.

Landmark Center & Exhibition: The exhibition will be mounted in the RCHS Gallery in Landmark Center. Watch for more details as they become available and as Landmark Center re-opens to the public.

Persistence Exhibition Artists
Please click on each name to see videos, images, artist statements and information about their chosen portrait subject.

Featured image: Minnesota group at Women’s Suffrage Headquarters, 1917. Harris & Ewing, photographer, glass negative.
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