Tarleton’s Gordon Center hosts woman’s suffrage exhibit


STEPHENVILLE — Tarleton State University’s W.K. Gordon Center for Industrial History of Texas presents “Citizens at Last: The Woman Suffrage Movement in Texas,” an exhibition produced by Humanities Texas — the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The exhibition runs through Sunday, Feb. 23.

The ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920 ended the woman suffrage movement and represented a great victory for American women in their quest for the right to vote as U.S. citizens.

Texas was the first state in the South to ratify the amendment, a landmark moment for all who took place in the struggle for representation.

“Citizens at Last” focuses on the 27-year, with panel topics covering the national beginnings of the movement, early Texas leaders, anti-suffrage sentiments, efforts to amend the Texas Constitution, primary suffrage and ratification of the 19th Amendment.

Based on the book Citizens at Last: The Woman Suffrage Movement in Texas and on an earlier exhibition of the same name by the Woman’s Collection at Texas Woman’s University Library, the exhibition uses archival photographs, newspaper clippings, cartoons, cards and texts to illustrate the struggle for woman suffrage in Texas.

The W.K. Gordon Center for Industrial History of Texas, a Tarleton museum and research facility located in the historic ghost town of Thurber, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. The center is located at Exit 367 on Interstate 20 between Fort Worth and Abilene. For more information, visit www.tarleton.edu/gordoncenter or the museum’s Facebook page.

“Citizens at Last” is made possible in part by a “We the People” grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Humanities Texas develops and supports diverse programs across the state, including lectures, oral history projects, teacher institutes, traveling exhibitions and documentary films. For more information, visit http://www.humanitiestexas.org or call 512-440-1991.


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