Smithsonian Exhibits

Smithsonian Votes For Women: A Portrait Of Persistence PosterVote for Persistence logoThe library is hosting a Smithsonian poster exhibit for Autumn 2020:  Votes For Women: A Portrait Of Persistence.

"The story of women's suffrage is a story of voting rights, of inclusion in and exclusion from the franchise, and of our civic development as a nation. Join the Smithsonian in celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment with Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence. This free, dynamic poster exhibition will explore the complexity of the women's suffrage movement and the relevance of this history to Americans' lives today.

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 Nineteenth 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." 1

This will be the second in a series of poster exhibits from the national museum.  Check back next year for information about new exhibits at your library.