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Historic New Harmony hosts free women’s suffrage tours on August 29

Historic New Harmony hosts free women’s suffrage tours on August 29

8/17/2020 | University Communications
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Historic New Harmony is offering free tours focusing on women’s history and women’s rights at 10 a.m. and at 3 p.m.  Saturday, August 29.

The tours are being offered in conjunction with the Suffrage Centennial Block Party, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which prohibited the federal and state governments from denying the right to vote to American citizens on the basis of sex.

Each free tour will be limited to 12 people to accommodate social distancing protocols and reservations are required to secure a spot. Reservations can be made by calling the Atheneum Visitor’s Center at 812-682-4474. 

The tour will begin with a short 10-minute video presentation of "From the Vault-Board of Commissioners v Knight" provided by the Indiana Archives and Records Administration. The video looks at how Hoosier women gained and lost voting rights in 1917, three years before the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Indiana would then go on to be one of 36 states to ratify the Amendment three years later.

"This tour looks into the intriguing and progressive women of New Harmony's past and delves into the Harmonists and Owen periods, where equality and modern rights were given to women that most women did not have during this time,” said Paul Goodman, Experience Coordinator for Historic New Harmony.  “We will discuss some of the great minds of Rosamond Owen, the Minerva Society, and Madame Marie Duclos Fretagot, and the impact they had on New Harmony, future generations and how they influenced modern women's movements such as the Women's Suffrage movement.”

In addition to the free tours, a poster exhibition entitled “Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence,” courtesy of the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative, will be on display in the Atheneum Visitor Center. This exhibition is a compelling exploration of the women’s suffrage movement and its relevance to American lives today. The exhibition will be on display through the end of the year.

The Suffrage Centennial Block Party is presented by Indiana Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission, Indiana Historical Society, Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Indiana Humanities, Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, and Indiana Statehouse Tour Office.

Historic New Harmony will offer its regular, paid daily history tour at 1 p.m. that day.

For more information about Historic New Harmony, contact Erin McCracken Merris, Marketing Specialist for USI Outreach and Engagement, at emccracken@usi.edu.

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1920 Women's Suffrage movement, women holding signs.

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