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Sounds, Thoughts and Colors of Suffrage

August 26, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

In this virtual presentation, hosted by Maria Trippe, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, learn about the sounds, thoughts, and colors of suffrage.  The event is one of several initiatives at the local, state, and national level to commemorate the ratification of the 19th Amendment on August 26, 1920.

Local historian Lloyd Harris will perform songs from “The Suffrage Song Book”, a selection of 28 songs (adapted to popular melodies) that express the women’s rights perspective. Titles include “Dare You Do It?” and the “Great Army,” both to the tune of the “Battle Hymn of the Republic”; “Three Blind Men”  to “Three Blind Mice”; “Woman” to the song “America” and many others. The lyrics were written by Henry W. Roby, a prominent medical doctor, and published by Crane and Company in Topeka, Kansas in 1909.  A local merchant, Rafa Natural, will create special candles for purchase using the colors of suffrage, and labeled with the sentiments of suffrage. The candles must be pre-ordered and cost $19 per candle.

Contact Laura Ramsey Kennedy at the Polk County History Center, (863) 534-4381, for details on how you can participate in this presentation and to place your candle order.


August 26, 2020
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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