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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Celebrate the 19th Amendment

NEW HAVEN — In honor of the 90th anniversary of the 19th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution granting American women the right to vote, which was ratified Aug. 26, 1920, The New Haven Museum and the League of Women Voters of New Haven will hold an exhibit and a series of programs at the Museum, 114 Whitney Ave., this month and October.
The exhibition will feature a traveling archive of historical photographs and artifacts from the League of Women Voters of Connecticut, augmented with material from the New Haven Museum and private collections.
The four programs, which are designed to teach younger women and girls about the struggle to bring about this democratic right for all American women, are:
- Yale library chief research archivist Judith Schiff, a LWV board member, will give an illustrated talk on “New Haven’s Woman Suffrage Heritage” at 2 p.m. Sept. 11.
- The film “Iron Jawed Angels,” starring Hillary Swank as Alice Paul, will be shown at 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. Sept. 15, with a reception between showings. The movie depicts the struggle of individual suffragists in the face of fierce opposition, often from within their own families.
-Sally Matson will present her dramatic impersonation of suffragist “Susan B. Anthony — The Invincible!” at 2 p.m. Sept. 25.
-Anna Greenberg, senior vice president of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner in Washington D.C., one of the nation’s leading authorities on women’s voting patterns, will speak about today’s issues at 2 p.m. Oct. 2.
All programs are free and open to the public, and will be followed by discussion and re­freshments.
The New Haven Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays.


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