Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Woman Suffrage


                                                                              NWHP
For Immediate Release: April 7, 2010                    For Further Information: Pam Elam, NCWHS
                                                                                  Board Member, 718-832-0026
NATIONAL COLLABORATIVE FOR WOMEN'S HISTORY SITES AND NATIONAL WOMEN'S HISTORY PROJECT JOIN FORCES TO CELEBRATE THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF WOMAN SUFFRAGE IN 2020 AND TO CREATE A NATIONWIDE WOMAN SUFFRAGE TRAIL WITH HISTORIC SITES IN EVERY STATE
    The National Collaborative for Women's History Sites (NCWHS) and the National Women's History Project (NWHP) have joined forces to create a national clearinghouse for information on state-by-state Woman Suffrage celebrations leading up to the 100th Anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution on August 26, 2020.  Such an effort, over the next ten years, will culminate in the creation of a nationwide Woman Suffrage Trail highlighting the role of each state in the 72-year national battle to achieve "Votes for Women" and the state sites relevant to that activity.  This Woman Suffrage Trail will be part of the National Women's History Trail being developed by the NCWHS Women's Heritage Trails Committee which will also highlight women's work, involvement in the arts, historic preservation and movements for reform.
    The NCWHS and NWHP invite State governments, as well as women's groups and history organizations, from across the nation to join this effort.  Please take part in this historic celebration by planning events and programs in your State and by identifying sites relevant to the Woman Suffrage struggle.  On August 26, 2010 (the 90th Anniversary of the 19th amendment), the NCWHS and NWHP will send the first media release nationwide including information on State Woman Suffrage Celebrations already planned, like Washington in 2010 and California in 2011, as well as material on some of the important locations along the Woman Suffrage Trail.  Please make sure that information on your State's celebration and vital suffrage sites is included.
 
    For more information, please contact Pam Elam (NCWHS Board Member and Women's Heritage Trails Committee Co-Chair) at 718-832-0026 or plelam@aol.com .  To order resource material on the fight for Woman Suffrage in the United States, please view the website of the National Women's History Project, www.nwhp.org .

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