The American Suffrage Movement and the Role that my Great-Grandmother played in the Struggle for Women of this Country to Secure the Right to Vote
Presented by Adams County Historical Society
Please join us on Tuesday, March 5, beginning at 7:00 PM, for our March program, "The American Suffrage Movement and the Role that my Great-Grandmother played in the Struggle for Women of this Country to Secure the Right to Vote." The program will be presented by Adams County resident and community champion Dora Townsend, and will be held in Valentine Hall on the campus of the Gettysburg United Lutheran Seminary.
The American Women's Suffrage Movement began in 1848 with Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Women’s Rights Convention held in Seneca Falls, New York. Yet the right to vote by American women wasn't secured until the passing of the 19th Amendment by Congress on June 4, 1919 and its adoption as within the United States Constitution on August 18, 1920.
The program will feature first-hand accounts by Dora's great-grandmother, Dora Kelly Lewis, who played a significant role in many aspects of the Women's Suffrage Movement. Using excerpts from her journal and letters, Dora will place her great-grandmother's role in the historical context of the whole Suffrage Movement as it unfolded on the American stage. This story illustrates the courage, commitment and perseverance of women who championed the cause in the face of physical violence, anger, and public efforts to humiliate.
The program is free and open to the public, thanks to support from ACNB Bank. We hope to see you there!
Frequently Asked Questions
Does the Adams County Historical Society have a museum?
The Society's 3-D object collection is currently inaccessible. The collection is stored off-site while the Society is headquartered at the Wolf House. It is unknown how long it will be before the collections will once again be available for public viewing. However, portions of the Society's collections are on display at the Gettysburg Heritage Center and Gettysburg Seminary Ridge Museum.