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Polk History Museum Exhibit Highlights Women’s Suffrage

January 17, 2020

This year is the 100th anniversary of women securing the right to vote in the US. The Polk County History Center is marking this momentous milestone with an exhibit chronicling the women’s suffrage movement on national and local levels, featuring women who led the movement.

The 100th anniversary of that amendment to the U.S. Constitution is being marked this year. To bring its significance to the forefront, the Polk County History Center has set up an exhibition, “The 19th Amendment at 100 Years: A Milestone of Democracy for Women’s Suffrage.” The exhibit chronicles the women’s suffrage movement on national and local levels featuring women who led the movement.

The exhibit opened with a sold-out Jan. 9 debut at the History Center, 100 E. Main St., which included a reenacted portrayal of Florida’s first congresswoman, Ruth Bryan Owen, portrayed by J. Lenora Bresler, and “The Remarkable Susan,” based on the 1873 trial of Susan B. Anthony, performed by Harrison School for the Arts students. Bresler is a nationally recognized leadership speaker, author, trainer and coach. It was a collaboration between the League of Women Voters of Polk County and Harrison School for the Arts.

In October, the Polk County History Center was selected by the Florida Humanities Council to be a host site for a new Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit, “Voices & Votes, Democracy in America.”

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