Centennial Celebration Events – Mark Your Calendars!

Note: Some events are sponsored by the League and others are events in which we are participating. Additional details will be posted closer to events. Contact MaryLee Moulton at marylee@lwvgo.org with questions.

February 10-14, 2020 

League of Women Voters of Nebraska Historical Panels on Display – Nebraska’s Road to Suffrage , Nebraska State Capitol Rotunda, 1st floor, Lincoln.

February 12, 2020

LWVNE Lobbying Day and Luncheon Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the League of Women Voters, Lincoln 

For reservations go to https://lwvne.typepad.com

March 6, 2020 – 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m 

Women Lead 2020: Claim Your Power (LWVNE will be participant)

Nebraska Innovation Campus Conference Center

Contact: Katie Pfannenstiel, kabp@unl.edu

April 25, 2020 

LWVNE Annual State Meeting, Seward

Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of LWVNE

May 3, 2020

LWVGO Annual Meeting, AIM Building, Omaha

Centennial Celebration Honoring Longtime Members 

July 4, 2020

Seward “America’s Small Town 5th of July City “ 4th of July Parade & Exhibition

LWVNE, LWVGO,  LWV Lincoln/Lancaster, LWV Hastings & LWV Seward will be marching to commemorate the Centennial of the 19th Amendment and the Founding of the League of Women Voters. The LWVNE historical banners will also be on display in the exhibition hall.

Join us and march! 

July 11, 2020

Freemont Days Suffrage Tea, Freemont

Join the LWV a we participate in this celebration of the suffragists who made the 19th Amendment possible.

July 12, 2020

Freemont Days Parade, Freemont

Join the LWV as we march to Celebrate our 100th Anniversary.

August 5-7, 2020
Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference (Private Event)

Judicial Conference Celebrating the 19th Amendment. LWVNE will be joining Leagues from the states of AR, IA, MO, MN, ND & SD to put on an exhibit for the conference. League members may be able to attend as exhibit hosts.

August 5-7, 2020

League Event in conjunction with the Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference TBD

September 25, 2020

League will be participating in the Omaha Girls High School Leadership Conference 

LWVGO Road Trip to Celebrate the LWV Centennial

Sign up to join road trip to Iowa to celebrate LWV Centennial!
LWVNE co-presidents Linda Duckworth and Dianne Bystrom are organizing a road trip to Iowa on Feb. 13-14, 2020, to celebrate the centennial of the founding of the national League of Women Voters and participate in events leading up to the 100 th anniversary of the 19 th Amendment. Those interested in participating in the road trip to Iowa—which will include stops in Charles City, Mason City and Ames—should email lindabduckworth@gmail.com or dianne.bystrom@gmail.com as soon as possible and no later than Jan. 2, 2020. Reservations for the block of rooms being held at the Historic Park Inn in Mason City on Feb. 13, 2020, are also due by Jan. 2. Members can make their reservation at the Historic Park Inn by calling 641-422-0015 and asking for a room in the LWVNE block. The website for the Historic Park Inn—the last Frank Lloyd Wright designed and built hotel in the world—is:
Duckworth and Bystrom will help organize carpools for the road trip, based on the emails they receive from those interested in participating. The trip will include a tour of suffrage leader and LWV founder Carrie Chapman Catt’s Girlhood Home in Charles City on Feb. 13, a stay at the Historic Park Inn in Mason City on Feb. 13, and participation in the Iowa 19th Amendment Centennial Commemoration Committee’s kick-off events at Iowa State University in Ames on Feb. 14. The Iowa kick-off events on Feb. 14 include a lecture by Elaine Weiss, author of The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote; a performance of The Yellow Rose of Suffrage, a one-woman play about Catt by Iowa State theatre professor emerita Jane Cox; and presentations on such topics as suffrage in the South, the role of women of color in the women’s suffrage movement, women’s political participation from 1920-2020 and the history of voting rights. Carpools will depart from Omaha by 7:30 a.m. on Feb. 13 to arrive in Charles City by noon. Participants will gather for lunch in downtown Charles City before a tour of Catt’s Girlhood Home. After the tour, participants will depart for Mason City, a 40-minute drive from Charles City, to check in at the Historic Park Inn. Efforts are underway to schedule a conversation, perhaps over dinner, with a local retired educator who is writing a book, Amazing Women of Early Mason City, about suffrage leaders from Mason City, including one with Omaha ties. On Feb. 14, the LWVNE road trip will depart around 9:30 a.m. for Iowa State University in Ames, a 90-minute drive.

Events celebrating the founding of the national League of Women Voters on this date in 1920 and the upcoming 100 th anniversary of the 19 th Amendment on Aug. 26 will begin at 11:30 a.m. with a screening of an excerpt from a new documentary on Catt produced by Iowa Public Television. Weiss’ lecture is scheduled for 1-2:15 p.m., followed by the Yellow Rose of Suffrage from 2:30-3:15 p.m. Two concurrent sessions will be held from 3:30-4:15 p.m. and 4:30-5:15 p.m., with presentations on “Suffrage in the South,” “Women’s Political Participation: 1920-2020,” “Iowa Stories,” including women of color in the suffrage movement; and the “19 th Amendment as Voting Rights History.” According to organizers, all concurrent session presentations will address diversity and inclusion. The Iowa kick-off will end with a reception from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. with suffrage displays, including “Missing Faces and Silenced Voices: African-American Women’s Involvement in the Iowa Suffragist Movement,” a suffrage “selfie” station and suffrage songs.”Although the events at Iowa State continue until 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 14, carpools can be organized to leave Ames earlier that day,” Bystrom said. “Anyone interested in participating in the road trip should email Linda or me to let us know when they wish to leave Ames on Feb. 14. It is most important that those interested in the road trip make their room reservation at the Historic Park Inn in Mason City on Feb. 13 by Jan. 2″. The League of Women Voters of Nebraska will hold its Legislative Day at the Nebraska State Capitol on Feb. 12, 2020, paving the way for a road trip to Iowa on Feb. 13-14.

For more information please contact: lindabduckworth@gmail.com or dianne.bystrom@gmail.com

Centennial Events 2019-2020

Centennial Celebration Events – Mark your calendars!
Note: Some events are sponsored by the League and others are events in which we are participating. Additional details will be posted closer to events. Contact MaryLee Moulton at marylee@lwvgo.org with questions.

August 16, 2019 – January 2, 2021
Votes for Women: Nebraska’s Suffrage Story Exhibit, History Nebraska, Lincoln.
The League participated in the opening of the exhibit and we encourage you to visit the exhibit in Lincoln.

August 26, 2019
LWVNE Kickoff to 100th Anniversary hosted by LWVGO, Omaha
Keynote Speaker, Judge Laurie Smith Camp, U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska

December 5, 2019
LWV Lincoln Lancaster Lunch and Learn on Susan B. Anthony
Speaker Linda Duckworth, Co-President of the League of Women Voters of Nebraska

February 10-14, 2020
League of Women Voters of Nebraska Historical Panels on Display – Nebraska’s Road to Suffrage , Nebraska State Capitol Rotunda, 1st floor, Lincoln.

February 12, 2020
LWVNE Lobbying Day and Luncheon Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the League of Women Voters, Lincoln
For reservations go to https://lwvne.typepad.com

March 6, 2020 – 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m
Women Lead 2020: Claim Your Power (LWVNE will be participant)
Nebraska Innovation Campus Conference Center
Contact: Katie Pfannenstiel, kabp@unl.edu

April 25, 2020
LWVNE Annual State Meeting, Seward
Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of LWVNE

May 3, 2020
LWVGO Annual Meeting, AIM Building, Omaha
Centennial Celebration Honoring Longtime Members

July 4, 2020
Seward “America’s Small Town 5th of July City “ 4th of July Parade & Exhibition
LWVNE, LWVGO, LWV Lincoln/Lancaster, LWV Hastings & LWV Seward will be marching to commemorate the Centennial of the 19th Amendment and the Founding of the League of Women Voters. The LWVNE historical banners will also be on display in the exhibition hall.
Join us and march!

July 11, 2020
Fremont Days Suffrage Tea, Freemont
Join the LWV a we participate in this celebration of the suffragists who made the 19th Amendment possible.

July 12, 2020
Fremont Days Parade, Freemont
Join the LWV as we march to Celebrate our 100th Anniversary.

August 5-7, 2020
Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference (Private Event)
Judicial Conference Celebrating the 19th Amendment. LWVNE will be joining Leagues from the states of AR, IA, MO, MN, ND & SD to put on an exhibit for the conference. League members may be able to attend as exhibit hosts.

August 5-7, 2020
League Event in conjunction with the Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference TBD

September 25, 2020
League will be participating in the Omaha Girls High School Leadership Conference

TBD
LWVNE 100th Anniversary Gala, Omaha
Contact: Dianne Bystrom, Co-President LWVNE

Go Vote, Omaha: LWVNE Celebrates 19th Amendment’s 100th Anniversary

In this episode of Go Vote, Omaha, host Debbie Ford speaks with Dianne Bystrom and Linda Duckworth, Co-Presidents for the League of Women Voters of Nebraska, about the League and its plans for celebrating the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment.

Go Vote, Omaha! Judge Smith Camp talks about the 19th Amendment

In this episode of Go Vote, Omaha, MaryLee Moulton speaks with Judge Laurie Smith Camp of the U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska, about the 19th Amendment and Nebraska’s role in its passage.

Go Vote Omaha! is our locally produced informational television program. Watch Go Vote Omaha at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday nights on Cox channel 22 or CenturyLink channel 89 or anytime on YouTube. You can also listen to these episodes as podcasts on Podbean.

Celebrate the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage at the Nebraska History Museum

One hundred years ago, Nebraska was one of the first states to ratify the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote in the United States.  Beginning August 16th, the Nebraska History Museum invites you to celebrate women’s suffrage with their newest exhibit, Votes For Women: Nebraska’s Suffrage Story. The exhibition will be open on August 16, 2019, through January 2, 2021.

The exhibit will feature artifacts, photographs, and more from Nebraska’s suffrage movement as well as commentary from present-day women in politics and advocacy. Visitors will see unique objects including the Nebraska pen used by Governor Roy McKelvie to sign the bill ratifying the 19th Amendment and an autograph book signed by Nebraska and nationally known suffragists including Susan B. Anthony, Lucy Stone, and Clara Colby. The exhibit also features many original banners, flags, and pennants used in Nebraska suffrage parades.

Celebrate the opening of Votes for Women
Friday, August 16th, 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Join us at the Nebraska History Museum, 1500 R Street in Lincoln, to celebrate the opening of Vote for Women: Nebraska’s Suffrage Story. Be one of the first people to see the exhibit and experience Nebraska’s suffrage movement first hand.

Guests will see authentic banners, posters, clothing from this crucial civil rights struggle, learn about the women (and men) who worked for decades to win Nebraska’s battle for the ballot, experience the passion and power of historic re-enactors depicting suffragists Clara Bewick Colby, Susan B. Anthony and Rheta Childe Orr, and much more!

The free event will be Friday, August 16th, from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm. We look forward to seeing you there!

Mark Your Calendars for the 100th Anniversary Kickoff

In a very special Dine & Discuss event, we will be hosting a kickoff to our celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment and the League of Women Voters. The event will be at 5:30 p.m. on Monday August 26 at the AIM building, 1905 Harney St., on the 7th floor. (August 26 is also Women’s Equality Day!)

We hope you can join us for a presentation on the 19th Amendment by Judge Laurie Smith Camp, Senior District Judge of the United States District Court, District of Nebraska.

There is no cost to attend and heavy appetizers will be provided.

Please RSVP to candide@lwvgo.org so we will know how much food to order. We hope to see you there!

Grace Crandall Richardson: Nebraska’s Persistent Suffragist

Dr. Amy Forss, chair of the History Department and Social Science co-representative at Metropolitan Community College in Omaha, will unpack Grace Crandall Richardson’s personal scrapbooks to offer insights into the life of one of Nebraska’s fighting suffragists.

Dr. Forss is presenting from 12 to 1 pm. Thursday, Aug. 15 at the Nebraska History Museum in Lincoln.

Images and personal memories outline Richardson’s campaign and her role in the 1917-1919 Nebraska Supreme Court case Barkley vs. Pool. Included in the presentation are photographs and artifacts from the History Nebraska collection and excerpts from the unpublished autobiography.

Library of Congress Seeks Help to Transcribe Women’s Suffrage Papers

The Library of Congress is asking for volunteers to help transcribe more than 16,000 historic papers related to the women’s suffrage movement. It has launched a crowdsourcing platform, “By the People,” to ask the public to help type up written documents word for word, which will make it easier to find and read original sources.

The Library of Congress project coincides with the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which Congress passed in June 1919. Women officially gained the right to vote in August 1920, when the amendment was ratified.

The Library of Congress’s collection includes letters, speeches, newspaper articles, personal diaries and other materials from famed suffragists like Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton; accounts from Carrie Chapman Catt, who served twice as president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, including during the final successful ratification campaign; and the diaries of Mary Church Terrell, a founder of the National Association of Colored Women, which shed light on minorities’ laborious suffrage struggles and her own dealings with civil rights figures like W.E.B. Du Bois.

Elizabeth Novara, an American women’s history specialist and curator of the Library of Congress’s new “Shall Not Be Denied” suffrage exhibition, said she hopes the transcription endeavor will give people an opportunity to “engage with our collections and feel a connection with the suffragists.”

“This project may be of interest to members of the League of Women Voters as we begin to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution,” said Dianne Bystrom, LWVNE co-president. “This would also be a great project for college classes to help them learn more about the women’s suffrage movement.”

As of now, more than 4,200 documents have already been transcribed. However, thousands more need transcription. You can donate your time and typing skills to the project here.