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Martha Hughes Cannon Traveling Exhibit and Toolkits

February 23, 2022

It’s been 125 years since Dr. Martha Hughes Cannon made history as the country’s first female state senator. Utah chose to send a statue of her to represent our state in Washington, D.C., but the pandemic delayed her planned installation in 2020. Her statue should make it to our nation’s capital this year, so we’re giving her a proper sendoff!

two girls in front of exhibit panels about Martha Hughes CannonMartha’s statue by local sculptor Ben Hammond is currently in the State Capitol awaiting the final nod to head to D.C. But a smaller version of the statue is criss-crossing the state as part of our traveling “Legacy of Leadership” exhibit, with informational panels, timeline posters, illustrations, cutouts, and more. Scroll down to see where Martha’s headed next, or request to host the exhibit here! Educators and community hosts can request a free digital toolkit here with lesson plans, primary source sets, activities, and swag.

Upcoming exhibit hosts:

  • May 12 – 24: Brigham City Library, Brigham City
  • May 25 – June 8: Morgan County Library, Morgan

Past exhibit hosts:

2023 hosts

  • January 3 – 12: Weber County Library Southwest Branch, Roy
  • January 17 – 30: Holladay Library
  • January 31 – February 3: Mountain Ridge Jr. High, Highland
  • March 1 – 7: Cedar Valley High School, Eagle Mountain
  • March 8: Utah Women Making History event, Utah State Capitol
  • March 13 – 24: Utah Valley University Women’s Success Center, Orem
  • March 25 – 26: 1-800 Contacts, Draper
  • March 27 – April 8: Hunter Library, West Valley City
  • April 10 – 11: Bonneville Elementary, SLC