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Women's suffrage centennial launches Tuesday


Indiana will launch the Indiana Women’s Suffrage Centennial Tuesday in Dublin and Cambridge City.

The Indiana Women’s Suffrage Centennial marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. Ratified on Aug. 18, 1920, it gave women the right to vote nationwide.

In commemoration of the first Women’s Rights Convention in Dublin, on Oct. 14-15, 1851, the launch celebration will be there on Tuesday. Dublin was the site of the first gathering of Hoosiers who called for women’s right to vote.

The free celebratory event begins at 11 a.m. at Dublin Friends Meeting House, 2352 W. Maple St., Dublin. Dr. Tom Hamm, an Earlham College professor and noted historian, will speak about Quakers and Women’s Rights. There will be a re-enactment of an 1851 historic right to vote speech by women’s rights activist Amanda Way. Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch will give closing remarks.

Following the event in Dublin, a celebratory luncheon will begin at 12:30 p..m. at The Archive, 33 W. Main St., Cambridge City. Online luncheon registrations must be made by Thursday.

Crouch, who chairs the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission, will give introductory remarks.  Guest speaker will be Dr. Anne Houtman, president of Earlham College in Richmond.

For more information contact Mary Anne Butters at mabutters@wayneco.us or 765-973-9452.