A host of local organizations are joining together to present the Suffrage Centennial Block Party, a celebration of the 100th anniversary of women voting in Indiana. The Block Party is a week of free talks, parties, workshops, happy hours and fun — online and in your backyard.
The Suffrage Centennial Block Party takes place from Saturday, Aug. 29 to Friday, Sept. 4, and includes a variety of events — performances, tours, talks, conversations, workshops and porch parties — taking place on Zoom and streamed live over social media. There will also be a few in-person events, providing a safe, socially-distanced experience.
“Suffragists adapted to new technology, from pamphlets to press conferences to media blitzes, to convince Hoosiers that they deserved the right to vote,” said Callie McCune, manager of public programs at the Indiana Historical Society. “Now, a century later, we’re doing the same thing for the Suffrage Block Party. We encourage Hoosiers to join all of these great organizations to culminate our year-long commemoration of women voting in Indiana.”
The Block Party is presented by Indiana Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission, Indiana Historical Society, Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Indiana Humanities, Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites and Indiana State House Tour Office.
For a full schedule of events, please visit: https://indianahistory.org/blockparty. Some events have limited space and require registration. Others will be live streamed over social media.
Also, attendees can register for free, limited-edition Suffrage Bags — toolkits with everything needed to put together a great block party, including activity booklets, suffrage-themed swag and party favors. Register here: https://www.indianamuseum.org/suffrage. Kits must be reserved in advance and picked up on the specified dates and times. Contactless pickup is available at seven sites across Indiana: