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Women's Suffrage (HHH Exhibit): Hays-Heighe House Exhibit and Event Schedule

Subject guide as a companion to the exhibit at the Hays-Heighe House in February to mark the occasion of the 100 year anniversary of the nineteenth amendment.

Hays-Heighe Website

Information about exhibits and events can be found on the Hays-Heighe House website at https://www.harford.edu/the-harford-experience/arts-and-culture/hays-heighe-house/exibits.php

Spring 2019 Exhibit and Event Schedule

FEBRUARY

Wednesday, Feb 6 – Herstory: Amazing American Women Pioneers

11:30 AM-12:30 PM | Chesapeake Theater | Reservation recommended: slove@harford.edu or 443.412.2224

Through the use of LIVE music, narration and archival video, celebrate pioneers who overcame enormous odds and changed the course of history. Relive the legend of Ida B. Wells, Mary Church Terrell, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Stanton, Sojourner Truth, Sara Winnemucca, Sonja Sotomayor and others.

Thursday, Feb 7 – Votes for Women: Take Our Place in Politics Exhibit Opening Reception

1-5 PM | Hays-Heighe House Curator Walk at 2PM and 4PM | Reservation not necessary

Thursday, Feb 14 – [Lecture] Black Women’s Clubs and the Suffrage Movement

12:30-2 PM | Hays-Heighe House | Reservation recommended

Presented by Sylvea Hollis, Postdoctoral Fellow at Morgan State University

Despite the familiar narrative, middle-class white women did not fight for suffrage alone. African American women, who had long been excluded from white women’s Progressive era organizations, made suffrage one of the many crucial causes they took up in their own women’s clubs. Learn about these organizations and famous individuals who committed to securing women’s rights.

Tuesday, February 26 – [Book Discussion] For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics

12:30-2 PM | Hays-Heighe House |Reservation recommended

Discussion led by Iris Leigh Barnes, Curator of the Lillie Carroll Jackson Civil Rights Museum

This book is a sweeping view of American history from the vantage points of four women who have lived and worked behind the scenes in politics for over thirty years―Donna Brazile, Yolanda Caraway, Leah Daughtry, and Minyon Moore―a group of women who call themselves The Colored Girls. Like many people who have spent their careers in public service, they view their lives in four-year waves where presidential campaigns and elections have been common threads.

Thursday, Feb 28 – [Film] Iron-Jawed Angels

12:30-3 PM | Student Center, Room 243 | Reservation recommended

This 2004 historical drama film features Hilary Swank as suffragist leader Alice Paul, Frances O'Connor as activist Lucy Burns, Julia Ormond as Inez Milholland, and Anjelica Huston as Carrie Chapman Catt. Directed by Katja von Garnier, Iron-Jawed Angels follows the nonviolent defiance of these suffragist pioneers and their journey to secure the right of women to vote.

MARCH

Tuesday, March 5 – [Living History] Amending America: How Women Won the Vote

12:30-2 PM | Student Center, Room 243 | Reservation recommended

Performer Kate Campbell Stevenson combined over 30 years of professional experience in music, theatre and education to create Amending America: How Women Won the Vote. She brings to life Abigail Adams, First Lady and early women's rights activist; Rose Crabtree, Council member of the 1920 All-Female Town Council of Jackson Hole, Wyoming; Alice Paul, early 20th century suffragist and co-founder of the National Women's Party; and Eleanor Roosevelt, "First Lady of the World" and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. A better understanding of women's history and their struggles empowers us all for the future.

Tuesday, March 12 – [Documentary] Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice

12:30-1:30 PM & 1:40-2:40 PM | Student Center, Room 113 | Reservation recommended: slove@harford.edu or 443.412.2224

Ida B. Wells-Barnett was household name in the African American community during much of her lifetime (1863-1931), and was considered the equal of her well-known contemporaries such as Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois. This documentary features the dramatic life and turbulent times of the pioneering journalist, activist, suffragist and anti-lynching crusader of the post-Reconstruction period. Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison reads selections from Wells’ memoirs and other writings.

Thursday, March 14 – [Lecture] Maryland’s Women’s Suffrage Movement

6:30-8 PM | Hays-Heighe House | Reservation recommended

Lecture by Kacy Rohn, Community Development Coordinator for College Park, MD

Maryland was not among the 36 states whose ratification of the 19th Amendment affirmed women’s suffrage as part of the Constitution, and was unable to ratify until 1941. That does not mean, though, that there was minimal activity by suffragists in Maryland; indeed, proximity to Washington D.C. in some ways made it ground zero. Historic preservationist and community planner Kacy Rohn researched suffrage activities in Maryland, and with the support of Maryland Historic Trust, created a Story Map of important people, places, and events.

Thursday, March 28 – [Debate] The Equal Rights Amendment

6:30-8 PM | Hays-Heighe House | Reservation recommended

The E.R.A. was originally written in 1921 by radical suffragist Alice Paul to ensure women’s rights more completely. Although Congress passed it in 1972, it failed to be ratified by enough state legislatures. Social activism around women’s rights is gaining momentum again today, and so is support for the E.R.A. Join us to watch some of the 1970s arguments recreated, and share your own views on the amendment as well.

APRIL

Tuesday, April 2 – [Lecture] “A Nursery for Militant Suffragists:” Activism at Goucher College

12:30-1:30 PM | Hays-Heighe House | Reservation recommended

Lecture by Tina Hirsch Sheller, Assistant Professor of History and Historic Preservation at Goucher College

Historian Tina Sheller will detail Goucher College’s activist past through materials from Special Collections and Archives. In the first decades of the twentieth century, dozens of students and faculty took part in marches, protests, and pickets for women’s suffrage, while college administration struggled to come up with a firm stance on the matter. Sheller’s recent project to uncover the story brought together Goucher alumnae with the college librarian and the curator for special collections, and reclaimed a proud part of Goucher's history as an outstanding women’s college. 

Tuesday, April 16 – [Dramatic Reading and Analysis] The Yellow Wallpaper

12:30-1:30 | Hays-Heighe House | Reservation recommended

Presented by Colleen Webster, Professor of Literature at HCC

Colleen Webster—English professor, award-winning writer and speaker—will present a dramatic reading of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper,” followed by analysis and discussion of the historical context and meaning of the piece. The short story, written in the late nineteenth century, reveals the psychological distress overtaking a woman as she undergoes the popular “rest cure” at the insistence of her husband and doctor for nervous depression and hysteria.

Thursday, April 18 – [Documentary] Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice

12:30-1:30 PM | Hays-Heighe House | Reservation recommended: haysheighe@harford.edu or 443.412.2539

Ida B. Wells-Barnett was household name in the African American community during much of her lifetime (1863-1931), and was considered the equal of her well-known contemporaries such as Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois. This documentary features the dramatic life and turbulent times of the pioneering journalist, activist, suffragist and anti-lynching crusader of the post-Reconstruction period. Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison reads selections from Wells’ memoirs and other writings.

Suffragist Teas

Hays-Heighe House

Limited Seating. Ticket Required. Please note that the teas reach capacity very quickly. Call for information & ticket availability: 443.412.2539

Cost is $15 per seat. Free to HCC credit students (must show HCC student ID card)

Presented by the League of Women Voters of Harford County

Tea socials played an important role in women’s suffrage, providing a respectable and feminine occasion for getting together, holding discussions, and disseminating information about the movement. Join us for a Suffrage Tea—in costume if you like!—to learn about this history and the history of the League of Women Voters.

The awakening

"Suffrage campaign days in New Jersey"