Marching In Their Footsteps

January 6       4 PM - 6PM

 

On Thursday, January 6, from 4 to 6 p.m., celebrate the start of a new year with us at a free wine-and-cheese reception for the opening of Windsorís League of Women Votersí exhibition, Marching In Their Footsteps, commemorating the 90th anniversary of the League and the right of women to vote in the United States.  The exhibition, prepared by Windsor League of Women Voters members Marilyn Boehm, Heidi Kelsey, and Pat Reardon, is the newest in a series of shows at the Society curated by community members.  Using some materials featured in a larger exhibition developed by the League of Women Voters of Greater Hartford, the exhibit showcases photographs of national and local suffragists, sheet music and journal covers, posters, reproductions of banners, and Windsor voting statistics.  It honors the women and men who paraded, picketed, marched, and lobbied for three generations after the 1848 Womenís Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, New York, to make the 19th Amendment to the Constitution become a reality in August 1920.

You will learn that in September 1915, the Windsor Businessmenís Association hosted a debate on womanís suffrage at Town Hall.  Mrs. Thomas N. Hepburn (Katharine Hepburnís mother) of Hartford, CT, representing suffragists, debated Mrs. Frank J. Goodwin of Westfield, New Jersey, who represented the Connecticut Association Opposed to Suffrage.  We know only that the debate attracted far more women than businessmen.  You will see the impact of the 19th Amendment on Windsor voter rolls.  In 1918, Windsor cast 790 votes in Connecticutís gubernatorial race.  In 1920, 1459 Windsor citizens cast their votes for governor, 550 of them women. 

The exhibitionís colors are purple, gold, and white, all colors associated with the suffrage movement.  Purple was a symbol of justice and dignity; gold or the light green sometimes used, stood for courage or hope; and white symbolized purity.  Marching In Their Footsteps will be on view through the month of January.  

On Thursday, January 20, at 7 p.m., Windsor Historical Society and Windsor League of Women Voters jointly sponsor ďVotes for Women: A Brief History of Our Right to VoteĒ by Dr. Laurel A. Clark, Assistant Professor of History at the University of Hartford.  Cost for the lecture is $6 for adults; $5 for students and seniors; and $4 for Windsor Historical Society and League of Women Voter members.

 

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