The nonprofit group Questers created a traveling exhibit to commemorate the 100th anniversary of passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution giving women the right to vote
This free exhibit is scheduled to tour more than 100 libraries, museums, schools, events and government offices in Arizona’s cities and towns during 2020. The exhibit will be hosted by the Del Webb Sun Cities Museum, 10801 W. Oakmont Drive, Feb. 2-10. The museum is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and 1-4 p.m. Sunday.
In addition, The Questers is promoting presentations on women’s history and the women’s suffrage movement in the U.S. and Arizona to celebrate the centennial of one of the most significant civil rights achievements in the nation’s history. American women first formally asked for the vote at the Seneca Falls Convention in Seneca Falls, New York, in July 1848. The site of the convention is now the National Women’s Rights Historical Park, with an impressive visitor center. The 19th Amendment was ratified by 36 states and signed into law August 26, 1920. Many leading suffragists, including Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, who worked together for more than 50 years, never lived to see women win the right to vote.
Six individual, freestanding canvas banners, each 36” wide and 86” tall, tell the story of the 72-year nonviolent struggle to win the vote. The exhibit features colorful illustrations and easy-to-read descriptions of the reasons women had to fight for the vote, efforts to win the vote, difficulties the suffragists faced, women’s suffrage in Arizona, progress women have made with use of the vote and the theme that “each of us makes history.”
Women’s suffrage is a timeless topic, because the suffrage movement is an iconic example of the democratic process. Though the centennial is in 2020, the exhibit is designed to be effective for years to come. When the exhibits are done touring, they will be available for permanent placement as a gift from The Questers.
The Questers Women’s Suffrage Exhibit was developed in cooperation with the Arizona Capitol Museum, which is hosting the exhibit, and the Arizona State Library, whose officials developed a reading list of books for adults and children on women’s suffrage. The list is available on their website at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on these two public education programs, contact Debbie Hansen at email@example.com. A touring schedule of the exhibit is posted at www.azquesters.org.
Material for the exhibit was developed by women’s history scholars, museum professionals, writers, designers and volunteers.
The mission of the Questers organization is to keep history alive through preservation and education. They assigned regional coordinators to schedule the Questers Women’s Suffrage Exhibit and speakers’ bureau presentations. The coordinator for the West Valley is Doris Palmer of Sun City. Call 623-815-8143.