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UK Libaries' Exhibit, Talk to Celebrate 19th Amendment, Suffragists

black and white photo of Kentucky suffragists
Kentucky was home to several noted suffragists.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 17, 2020) — One hundred years ago, Congress passed an amendment that would go down in history as one of the largest enfranchisements of American voters in U.S. history.

Join University of Kentucky Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment in Kentucky with an exhibit opening and a lecture by Melanie Goan, associate professor of 20th century U.S. history at UK College of Arts and Sciences. Goan's talk will come from her book research for "United We Stand, Divided We Fall: Making Kentucky Women Voters." The free public event will begin 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, in the Great Hall of the Margaret I. King Library Building. A reception will follow in the King Library Lobby. RSVPs appreciated at:

"Women of Strength and Mind: The Suffrage Question in Kentucky" celebrates the anniversary of the 19th Amendment that was ratified by Congress in Aug. 18, 1920. The exhibit, on view in the Great Hall and Lobby of the Margaret I. King Library Building, features items from SCRC collections, including photographs, broadsides, postcards and documents that highlight the struggle for women’s suffrage in Kentucky. The exhibit examines the stereotype of the “suffragette” as well as other cultural, political and social issues that influenced the women’s suffrage movement.​

SCRC at UK Libraries sustains the Commonwealth's memory and serves as the essential bridge between past, present and future. By preserving materials documenting the social, cultural, economic and political history of Kentucky, the center provides rich opportunities for students to expand their worldview and enhance their critical thinking skills. Special Collections Research Center materials are used by scholars worldwide to advance original research and pioneer creative approaches to scholarship. UK Libraries Special Collections Research Center is the Archives, the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, the King Library Press, the Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center, the Bert T. Combs Appalachian Collection, the John G. Heyburn Initiative and ExploreUK.


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