THE YEAR 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, which granted women the right to vote in national and local elections. To celebrate that hard-fought achievement, the Tillamook County Pioneer Museum is featuring an exhibit of local, regional, and national women who helped lead the women’s suffrage movement in the mid-1800s into the 20th century.
“Her-Story; the Women’s Suffrage Movement in Oregon and What It Means Today” will run through October 10, 2020 in the museum’s Main and Northwest galleries. Oregon women such as Abigail Scott Duniway, Laura Harris, and Esther Lovejoy will have their stories told along with those of nationally known suffragists Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, and Susan B. Anthony. The exhibit features photographs and artifacts from the early 1900s, but also includes essays from modern Oregon women on why they think the right to vote is an important issue. The essays will be compiled in a companion book for the exhibit.
“Coupling the past with the present will make this exhibit more relevant to visitors of all ages,” says the museum’s experience developer Carla Albright.
While the exhibit is on display, the museum will also host guest speakers, programs, and voter registration events for the primary and presidential elections in 2020.
Photo caption: Abigail Scott Duniway signing Oregon’s Equal Suffrage Proclamation in 1912. Oregon’s Governor Oswald West, who had signed the Proclamation, is shown looking on, and Dr. Viola M. Coe, president of the Oregon State Equal Suffrage Association, is standing near. (courtesy wikimedia)