This exhibit recognizes the champions at all levels of work who struggled to achieve voting rights for women in Minnesota, and whose example still serves activists in our community today. We commemorate these women and their work in Ramsey County and their contributions to American history and to the rights of women in this exhibition.

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About the Exhibit

The exhibition will feature historical information and photos, interpretive panels, and objects that tell the stories of the Minnesota women who were leaders in the fight for suffrage and women’s right. The exhibition will provide historical background on the Suffrage movement nationally and in Minnesota, while relating the struggle to current events. The exhibition will also feature original portrait art of some of these leaders, commissioned by RCHS and created by local, Minnesota, South Dakota, and New York artists.

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Online Celebration

The Ramsey County Historical Society introduced our new online exhibition, Persistence: Continuing the Struggle for Suffrage and Equality, 1848-2020 with a very special online celebratory event on October 8, 2020, 6:00 pm.

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History Revealed: Women’s Suffrage in Minnesota

October 22, 2020 | 7:00 pm

Michelle Witte, Executive Director of the League of Women Voters Minnesota, will share with us some of the unique history related to the “Votes for Women” movement here in our State, and how the League of Women Voters continues to live out the mission of empowering voters and defending democracy as a nonpartisan, civic engagement organization, with 35 community-based chapters here in Minnesota. Registration required, see link for more information.

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Learn more about the artists who created the portraits for the exhibition and their subjects in videos created by each of the commissioned artists.

Bertha Moller, left, and Bertha Arnold hold party banner which was held at the Senate Office Building, ca. 1917. Harris & Ewing photograph.