Summer of suffrage celebrations set in motion

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote.

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, suffrage groups across the nation still are celebrating this important anniversary.

According to Saundra Sarsany, curator of the Harriet Taylor Upton House in Warren, there will be a series of virtual presentations throughout the summer.

“We are in the progress of making virtual tours of the (Upton) House and Women’s Park over the summer months. These will be posted on the website www.neohiosuffrage.org and on Facebook,” Sarsany said.

The Northeast Ohio Suffrage Centennial Committee was formed in 2019 by AmeriCorps Ohio History Service Corps alumna Briana Treleven. It has launched the website to celebrate the women’s suffrage centennial and to keep people updated with events. The website provides digital content and resources to share the history of the women’s suffrage movement in northeast Ohio and beyond.

From June to August, the website will be updated with content created in collaboration with partner organizations. Featured content will include at-home activities, student research projects, heritage tours, and more.

The NE Ohio Suffrage website currently features the “Valiant Visionaries of the Vote” trading card project, which is a collection of 30 significant individuals, places and events involved in the women’s suffrage movement in northeast Ohio. The “Valiant Visionaries of the Vote” collection will be featured on physical trading cards on a later date in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

National events can be found at https://www.2020centennial.org.



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