‘Road to Vote’ Tours Makes Stop in Leadville
Leadville has been named as one of the stops for a special traveling exhibit making its way across Colorado. Yesterday, the Road to Vote exhibit rolled into America’s highest city and set up camp at the Healy House Museum and Dexter Cabin through Friday, Feb. 28. This artifacts tour is traveling across the state to commemorate the 19th Amendment, which gave some women the right to vote.
The exhibit will be open for tours during the Healy House’s regular winter hours or by special appointment at (719) 486-0487.
- Friday, Feb. 21 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
- Saturday, Feb. 22 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
“We are thrilled to launch our tour across Colorado’s landscape, reaching the iconic places that helped create history – and the people who continue to shape history,” said Jillian Allison, director of the Center for Colorado Women’s History. “More than ever, it’s important to understand Colorado’s early role in the national movement for the women’s vote, while stimulating new participation, action, and conversation.”
The Women’s Vote Centennial Colorado tour was created to move history (literally!) across the state, while educating residents and organizations about the anniversary of the largest voting-rights expansion in U.S. history, through three outreach opportunities:
- A pop-up, traveling artifacts exhibit featuring an original ballot box from the 1884 Colorado elections and a reproduction ballot from the 1893 Colorado elections;
- A “call to action” for interested organizations to collaborate together and create space for civic engagement, commemoration, impact and support.
- A “listening and learning tour” for regional organizations to help lead events and meetings.
The Women’s Vote Centennial comprises the nation’s most comprehensive statewide effort to examine the importance of voting in our democracy. History Colorado, the state agency leading the initiative, created inclusive, historic opportunities for Coloradans to participate and join grassroots efforts to learn about the complex history of the women’s suffrage — and, how Colorado transformed history for the entire country. Leadville became one of the stops because the Healy House property is owned and operated by History Colorado.
Women’s Vote Centennial Colorado is exhibiting important suffrage artifacts at Healy House Museum and Dexter Cabin from Feb 18-28.
In 1893, Colorado was the first state to outlaw, via state referendum, denying citizens the right to vote based on their sex. This took place more than 25 years before the national women’s suffrage act was signed into law on Aug. 26, 1920. The trailblazing collaborative fight for women’s voting rights changed the course of history in Colorado and continues to inspire social, economic, political and cultural advancements today.
Road to the Vote Traveling Artifact Exhibit, Locations and Dates: For Statewide Residents
A traveling, pop-up exhibit features an original ballot box from the 1884 Colorado elections, as well as a reproduction ballot from the 1893 Colorado elections. Launched at the Georgetown Loop Historic Mining and Railroad Park, the artifacts exhibit is traveling to History Colorado museums throughout the state – and some sites will include additional artifacts from that region. Please click here for county-specific, historical facts from each stop on the artifacts tour, including geographic impact on the women’s suffrage movement. The “pop-up” becomes more long-term, when the artifacts become the centerpiece for an exhibit at the Center for Colorado Women’s History — Bold Women. Change History. – scheduled to open in March 2020.
“When residents see the ballot box, ballot, photos and other historic materials in the pop-up exhibit, they will gain deeper appreciation for Colorado’s role in bringing women into full participation of the national political system. The simple ballot box and ballot sheet used in 1893 are emblematic of the accountability and transparency that we value today. Voting technology has come a long way in the last century and a half, but the power of the vote and the importance of each person’s voice in our communities remains unaltered,” said Allison.
Call to Action: For Statewide Partner Organizations
History Colorado has a call to action for interested organizations and individuals in all 64 state counties, to join the Women’s Vote Centennial Colorado’s programming – creating space and events for civic engagement, commemoration, impact and support in every count. Participation and action will add more geographic touchpoints, by including partnerships with local museums, libraries, clubs, schools, and arts organizations in communities throughout the state as they plan suffrage-related events.
“In the 1800s, women would find each other, connect over common interests and beliefs, and grow effective networks. The same holds true today. Participation can become contagious, and collaboration produces great results with impact,” according to Cathey Finlon, Chair of the Colorado Women’s Vote Centennial Commission. For more information visit COWomensCentennial.org, email HC_COWomensHistory@state.co.us, or call 303-620-4933.
Listening and Learning Tour: For Statewide Residents and Organizations
Allison will travel to various communities throughout the state to help create local Women’s Vote Centennial programming and activities. For a schedule of “listening and learning tour” meetings in different counties, please click here and scroll down.
“I’m looking forward to meeting with historical and community organizations and individual leaders across the state. Their local histories and records of the suffrage movement in Colorado will add important depth to work we are doing together,” added Allison.
About History Colorado
History Colorado has become a force for finding new and inclusive ways to serve Coloradans.
In 2018 History Colorado provided programs to more than 18,000 students in their own schools, and assisted more than 40 schools with bus funds, to expand efforts that now serve more than 85,000 students annually. Its all-day Hands-On History program at El Pueblo History Museum responds to the four-day school week that is now administered by 61% of Colorado school districts.
History Colorado’s mission is to create a better future for Colorado by inspiring wonder in our past. We serve as the state’s memory, preserving the places, stories and material culture of Colorado through the History Colorado Center and statewide museums, educational programs, historic preservation grants, research library, collections and outreach to Colorado communities. Visit HistoryColorado.org or call 303-HISTORY, for more information.