Women’s Suffrage Exhibitions to open August 28

Photo Credit: College Women Picketing in Front of the White House, 1917. Gelatin silver print Courtesy of National Woman’s Party, Washington, D.C. In the first such protest in history, women picket the White House every day from January 1917 until the 19th Amendment was ratified in August 1920. On this day, college-educated women worked the picket line.


The Winona County History Center is hosting three new traveling exhibits themed around the 100th anniversary of Women’s suffrage in the Slaggie Family Lobby. Two open August 28 and another arrives later this fall. 

August 28 – October 20
A Century of Civic Engagement: League of Women Voters Minnesota

The Minnesota Legislature finally voted YES on September 8, 1919 to ratify the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution, granting women the right to vote and ending the 72-year struggle for woman suffrage. But as distinguished Minnesota suffragist Clara Ueland said that day, “Today is the commencement rather than the end of our work.” One hundred years later, LWV Minnesota continues to thrive as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization promoting good government and civic engagement throughout Minnesota. Come visit this vibrant exhibit that features Minnesota’s suffrage story, highlighting the women who made it happen – and who continue to lead through the League of Women Voters to make democracy work for all.  Local suffragettes and other leading ladies throughout Winona County’s history will also be featured within the exhibition. FREE!

August 28 – December 31
Votes For Women: A Portrait Of Persistence 

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. FREE!

Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence is organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery. This project received support from the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative.


Then later this fall stop back for an amazing Quilt exhibition!

October 27 – December 31
Vote for Quilts

Continuing the celebration of 100 years of Women’s Suffrage check out this added traveling exhibition, Vote for Quilts, featuring creations from the Women’s Right to Vote: Revolution and Evolution quilt challenge. 36 twenty-four-inch square quilts were made by quilters from across the nation in celebration of the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote. Quilts have been a voice for women championing causes for generations. The tradition lives on in this amazing project, becoming an exhibit, with works that range from the traditional to very modern. This exhibit is sponsored and created by the Dakota County Star Quilters. 


Also, the WCHS annual raffle quilt, Women of Influence, honors twelve leaders of the Suffrage Movement and was made by the 3rd Thursday Friendship Circle and Winona Area Quilters Guild. It is machine quilted by Mary Nelson. The quilt is 92 x 116”. Get your chances to win and more information at the History Center or call 507.454.2723 ext. 0. Raffle tickets are just $1 each! The drawing will be held December 7, 2020 at 9 a.m. (need not be present to win). Women of Influence is displayed in the Slaggie Family Lobby at the History Center. 

Electrifying Minnesota – Postponed

The Minnesota Historical Society Exhibits to Go traveling exhibit program has been suspended due to COVID-19 for the rest of this year but watch for Electrifying Minnesota to be rescheduled in 2021.

The Winona County History Center is open Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. with Steps to Stay Safe in place that include masks, hand sanitizer stations, and limited occupancy. Admission to the main exhibit hall and research room is $5 adults, $3 students, and is always free for WCHS members and youth 7 and younger. You can also find more information, get updates, take a virtual visit, and stay engaged with local history at

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