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Western Suffrage History Summit | October 27-28, 2020
Co-hosted by Boise City Dept. of Arts & History and Better Days 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic sidelined many events commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, but it also brought many issues to public attention, including racial injustice and access to the ballot box. As scholars and historical organizations, our programs exploring the long history of women’s fight for the vote provide context to where we find ourselves today. This virtual summit will bring experts together to explore how the suffrage commemoration unfolded in our respective states and what this year has taught us about sustaining relationships with our audiences. We’ll discuss the rich history of voting rights activism in the west and endeavor to answer the question of what’s next for the region—what is the next story we tell together?

Events are free and open to the public, with pre-registration required to receive the meeting link. All times are MDT. You can download a PDF flyer here.

Tuesday, October 27 – register here
  • 9:30 am MDT—Keynote lecture, “A Living Faith in Democracy:” The Rise of Woman Suffrage in the West, by Jennifer Helton, Ohlone College
  • 10:15 to 11:45 am—State presentations and group discussion—Alaska, Arizona, Nevada
  • 12 to 1 pm—Brown bag lecture on Latina political activism by Dr. Tiffany Gonzalez, Tulane University
Wednesday, October 28 – register here
  • 10:00 – 11:45 am MDT – State presentations and group discussion—Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Idaho
  • 12 – 1 pm – Brown bag lecture on Indigenous women and voting rights with Tamra Borchardt-Slayton, Chairwoman of the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah and Dr. Dee Garceau, University of Montana, Missoula
October 28 Public Presentation and Q & A – register here
  • 7 to 8 pm MDT – “Why New Jersey Matters: The Rise and Fall of Women’s Suffrage,” with Dr. Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Harvard University

This two-day interagency and professional development conference is put on by the Boise City Department of Arts & History and Better Days 2020.

Questions? Contact for more info.