Surprise Hosts Women’s Suffrage Centennial Open House and Exhibit
Surprise, AZ (February 20, 2020) The city of Surprise invites the public to celebrate the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment at a Women’s Suffrage Open House on Tuesday, March 3 from 3-5 p.m. at Surprise City Hall.
The collaborative community event will feature:
- Music by the Shadow Ridge High School Choir
- Roving Suffragist re-enactors from Canyon Ridge School
- Book displays
- Children’s activities
- A voter registration table staffed by the League of Women Voters
- Artwork by the WHAM Teen Art Club
- A traveling exhibit depicting the history of the women’s suffrage movement.
The nonprofit group, Arizona Questers, created the exhibit to tour more than 100 libraries, museums, schools, events and government offices to commemorate the 100th anniversary.
Six banners tell the story of the 72-year struggle to win the vote. One of the banners is designed for attendees to take a selfie beneath the headline, “I make history!”
Women across the U.S. were granted the right to vote on August 26, 1920; while Arizona passed women’s suffrage eight years earlier in 1912.
The traveling exhibit, created with the input of women’s history scholars, museum professionals, writers, teachers and designers, will make its way around the city throughout the month of March at the following locations:
March 1: Surprise Stadium Spring Training Game: Oakland A’s vs. KC Royals
March 2-3: Surprise City Hall
March 4: Canyon Ridge School
March 5: Rio Salado
March 6: Sunset Hills School
March 9-10: Surprise Senior Center
March 11: Dysart USD Education Center
March 12: Shadow Ridge High School
March 13: Surprise School
March 14: Surprise Stadium Spring Training Game: CO Rockies vs. KC Royals
March 15-22: Northwest Regional Library
March 23-28: Asante Library
The mission of The Questers organization is to keep history alive through preservation, restoration and education. There more than 400 Questers in Arizona. For more information, visit azquesters.org.
Sponsored and presented by:
The City of Surprise, American Association of University Women – Northwest Valley, Arizona Questers, Northwest Regional and Asante Libraries in Surprise, Dysart Unified School District, West Valley Arts Council, WHAM, West Valley Genealogical Society, League of Women Voters of Northwest Maricopa County.