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Suffrage Centennial Block Party Schedule of Events

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Suffrage Centennial Block Party Schedule of Events

We’re celebrating the 100th anniversary of women voting in Indiana! Join scholars, thinkers, artists, and our Hoosier community for a week of free talks, parties, workshops, happy hours, and fun. Online and in your own backyard. 

Some events have limited space and require registration. Others will be live streamed over social media. Sign up for any and all events you’d like to explore. 

Share your Suffrage Story Exploring your local Hoosier Heroines? Commemorating the suffrage fight in your own backyard? Share your celebration with #SuffrageBlockParty   

Presented by the Indiana Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission, Indiana Historical SocietyEiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western ArtIndiana HumanitiesIndiana State Museum and Historic Sites, and Indiana Statehouse Tour Office.  With program support from Center on Representative Government at Indiana University, Hammond Public Library, Harrison Center for the Arts, Indiana Historical Bureau, Indiana State Library, The League of Women Voters- Indianapolis and The Propylaeum.

Saturday August 29

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. | Free Admission!

Enjoy free admission at the Indiana Historical Society, Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites and the Eiteljorg Museum.

Limited tickets available depending on capacity of local restrictions. Advanced tickets required.

  • Click here to reserve your tickets for the Eiteljorg Museum.
  • Click here to reserve your spot for the Indiana Historical Society.
  • Preregistration will be required for all Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites – details and sign up information will be coming on August 14.

10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. | Live Stream

Can’t join us in person? Tune in all day for talks for talks from curators, behind-the-scenes peeks, and artist performances streamed right to your couch.

10:00 a.m. | Join us for a virtual Kick-Off for our Suffrage Centennial Block Party with special guests. Stream this talk through the Indiana Historical Society Facebook page.

11:00 a.m.  | Hear the gutsy stories of Hoosier suffragists with a Book Talk from Dr. Anita Morgan as part of Independent Bookstore Day. Learn more about her new book, We Must Be Fearless: The Woman’s Suffrage Movement in Indiana. Stream this talk through the Indiana Historical Society Facebook page.

Contact the Basile History Market at 317-234-0020 or shop.indianahistory.org to order a signed copy of the book. 

12:00 p.m. | Join our the Eiteljorg Museum’s Curator of Contemporary Art to look more closely at a political artwork made by an Indigenous woman. Stream this talk through the Eiteljorg Museum Facebook page.

1:00 p.m. | Find the stories of suffrage from the Indiana Historical Society vaults with a show and tell session with archivist Amy Vedra. Stream this talk through the Indiana Historical Society Facebook page.

1:30 p.m. | Meet some of the Hoosier heroines who were on the front lines of the fight for voting rights. No registration required. Stream this talk through the Indiana Historical Society Facebook page.

2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. | Join the Curator of Cultural History at the Indiana State Museum to learn about what collection items you will find connected to the suffrage movement the next time you visit! No need to preregister, this event will be free and posted from Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites Facebook page.

3:00 p.m.  | Learn more about Hoosier suffragist May Wright Sewall with a Talk from Ray Boomhower on his book Fighting for Equality: a Life of May Wright Sewall, as part of Independent Bookstore Day. Stream this talk through the Indiana Historical Society Facebook page.

Contact the Basile History Market at 317-234-0020 or shop.indianahistory.org to order a signed copy of the book or join Ray for a book signing around 3:30pm at the Indiana History Center.

Presented by the Indiana Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission, Indiana Historical Society, Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, and Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites.

All Day | The Sounds of Suffrage

We all have that empowering female anthem that gets us fired up and feeling confident. With our public Spotify playlist, add your favorite female empowerment anthem throughout the week and celebrate all the awesome things about women!

Check out the Spotify playlist, brought to you by Indiana Humanities.

8:00 p.m. | Digging In Their Heels

Imagine if Susan B. Anthony and her pals had iPads and Twitter. Maybe it wouldn’t have taken 72 years to win the vote. Performed by Sally Perkins, Digging In Their Heels is an interactive, engaging story of women’s battle for the ballot that inspires audiences to keep digging for justice as they marvel, laugh and learn from women who paved the way.

Reserve your spot for this high-speed adventure through the fight for suffrage. 

This program is brought to you by the Indiana Historical Society

Sunday August 30

12:00 p.m. | Coffee Break with Dr. Einav Rabinovitch Fox

Every morning a suffrage expert will drop in to give a short, dynamic talk about suffrage and women in politics. Grab your favorite caffeinated beverage and cozy up to Facebook Live to listen and ask questions. Each talk is 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of Q&A.

How did suffragists shape political style, and how did their political legacy inspire and affect more recent struggles for gender equality? Dr. Einav Rabinovitch-Fox tells us how women “fashioned” suffrage.

This program is brought to you by Indiana Humanities.

1:00 p.m. | Crafting Her Story

Learn about the iconography of the suffrage movement in America with artist and historic preservationist Sarah Marsom. Create your own banner to pay homage to a woman of the past, reinterpret a historic banner, or advocate for women’s rights today. After a short presentation on the history of women’s rights, voting rights, and craftivism, Sarah will guide participants through the creation of their own small banners inspired by one used by Indiana suffragists out of felt or paper.

Register for your seat here. 

This program is brought to you by the Indiana Historical Society and Indiana State Museum

3:00 p.m. | Crafting Historical Markers

You pass them all the time, but what does it take to create a historical marker in Indiana? Join Lindsey Beckley and Casey Pfeiffer from the Indiana Historical Bureau for our interactive workshop to get all the details and try your hand at making your own mini-marker dedicated to your favorite Hoosier heroine.

Follow this link to reserve your ticket. 

This program is brought to you by the Indiana Historical Bureau and the Indiana Historical Society.

4:00 p.m. | Suffrage Trivia

For the entire month of August, Indiana Humanities has highlighted one inspiring Hoosier suffragist a day on Twitter. On Sunday, help kick off the Suffrage Block Party and test your Hoosier suffragist knowledge with live trivia via Zoom!

Register here to reserve your spot.

This program is brought to you by Indiana Humanities.

Monday August 31

10:00 a.m. | Women at the Statehouse Tour

A walking tour of the Statehouse with stops throughout the building to share the stories of women who have impacts Hoosier history at the Statehouse with their contributions in politics, public service, and the arts.

Tours are in-person and subject to current guidelines. Limited capacity of 30 people per tour. Email Jeanette Gorben (jgoben@idoa.in.gov) to reserve your spot.

This tour is brought to you by the Indiana State House Tour Office

10:00 a.m. | Coffee Hour with Dr. Janine Giordano Drake

Every morning a suffrage expert will drop in to give a short, dynamic talk about suffrage and women in politics. Grab your favorite caffeinated beverage and cozy up to Facebook Live to listen and ask questions. Each talk is 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of Q&A.

Why did workingwomen strategically align themselves with suffrage organizations? That’s the question Dr. Janine Giordano Drake, assistant clinical professor of history at Indiana University-Bloomington, tackles in today’s Coffee Break.

This program is brought to you by Indiana Humanities.

12:15 p.m. | Lunch and Learn

Tune in on Facebook during your lunch hour to watch a short (3-10 minutes) video about suffrage. If you like what you see, share with your networks!

This program is brought to you by Indiana Humanities.

2:00 p.m. | Women at the Statehouse Tour

A walking tour of the Statehouse with stops throughout the building to share the stories of women who have impacts Hoosier history at the Statehouse with their contributions in politics, public service, and the arts.

Tours are in-person and subject to current guidelines. Limited capacity of 30 people per tour. Email Jeanette Gorben (jgoben@idoa.in.gov) to reserve your spot.

This tour is brought to you by the Indiana State House Tour Office

2:30 p.m. | Stories of Suffrage – Read Along

Join us to turn a page on suffrage. Tune in on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 2:30pm to hear some of your Hoosiers heroines read some of our favorite books on suffrage. No need to register. Just tune into Facebook Live to listen live.

This program is brought to you by the Indiana Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission, Indiana Historical Society, and Indiana Humanities.

6:00 p.m. | She’s Not In Your History Book

The history of the suffragist movement often leads with the bravery of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Canton. While these women were extremely influential in paving the way for women to vote, it’s not the full story. Join the Eiteljorg Museum and special guests as they bring to light the women who did not receive the right to vote and the suffragists excluded from your history books.

Reserve your spot for this event.

This program is brought to you by the Eiteljorg Museum

Tuesday September 1

10:00 a.m. | Women at the Statehouse Tour

A walking tour of the Statehouse with stops throughout the building to share the stories of women who have impacts Hoosier history at the Statehouse with their contributions in politics, public service, and the arts.

Tours are in-person and subject to current guidelines. Limited capacity of 30 people per tour. Email Jeanette Gorben (jgoben@idoa.in.gov) to reserve your spot.

This tour is brought to you by the Indiana State House Tour Office

10:00 a.m. | Coffee Hour with Jackie Swihart

Every morning a suffrage expert will drop in to give a short, dynamic talk about suffrage and women in politics. Grab your favorite caffeinated beverage and cozy up to Facebook Live to listen and ask questions. Each talk is 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of Q&A.

What does the trajectory of Grace Julian Clarke’s political career tell us about the ways women were political before, during and after the 19th Amendment? Jackie Swihart gives us a peek at the remarkable life of one of Indiana’s most important suffragists.

This program is brought to you by Indiana Humanities.

12:15 p.m. | Lunch and Learn

Tune in on Facebook during your lunch hour to watch a short (3-10 minutes) video about suffrage. If you like what you see, share with your networks!

This program is brought to you by Indiana Humanities.

2:00 p.m. | Women at the Statehouse Tour

A walking tour of the Statehouse with stops throughout the building to share the stories of women who have impacts Hoosier history at the Statehouse with their contributions in politics, public service, and the arts.

Tours are in-person and subject to current guidelines. Limited capacity of 30 people per tour. Email Jeanette Gorben (jgoben@idoa.in.gov) to reserve your spot.

This tour is brought to you by the Indiana State House Tour Office

2:30 p.m. | Stories of Suffrage – Book Spotlight

Join us to turn a page on suffrage. On Tuesday and Thursday at 2:30pm, discover your next favorite read with our suffrage book spotlight. No need to register. Just tune into Facebook Live to listen live.

This program is brought to you by the Indiana Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission, Indiana Historical Society, and Indiana Humanities.

6:30 p.m. | Spill the Tea

Brew a cup of tea and join staff from the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites as they dish on the details surrounding major players in the Indiana Suffrage Movement for this virtual event!

Reserve your spot for this program here

This program is brought to you by the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites

Wednesday September 2

10:00 a.m. | Women at the Statehouse Tour

A walking tour of the Statehouse with stops throughout the building to share the stories of women who have impacts Hoosier history at the Statehouse with their contributions in politics, public service, and the arts.

Tours are in-person and subject to current guidelines. Limited capacity of 30 people per tour. Email Jeanette Gorben (jgoben@idoa.in.gov) to reserve your spot.

This tour is brought to you by the Indiana State House Tour Office

10:00 a.m. | Coffee Hour with Dr. Nadia E. Brown

Every morning a suffrage expert will drop in to give a short, dynamic talk about suffrage and women in politics. Grab your favorite caffeinated beverage and cozy up to Facebook Live to listen and ask questions. Each talk is 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of Q&A.

What role did Black women play in the suffrage movement, and what happened once they got into elected office? Dr. Nadia E. Brown, associate professor of political science at Purdue University, shares her research on Black women in politics.

This program is brought to you by Indiana Humanities.

12:15 p.m. | Lunch and Learn

Tune in on Facebook during your lunch hour to watch a short (3-10 minutes) video about suffrage. If you like what you see, share with your networks!

This program is brought to you by Indiana Humanities.

2:00 p.m. | Women at the Statehouse Tour

A walking tour of the Statehouse with stops throughout the building to share the stories of women who have impacts Hoosier history at the Statehouse with their contributions in politics, public service, and the arts.

Tours are in-person and subject to current guidelines. Limited capacity of 30 people per tour. Email Jeanette Gorben (jgoben@idoa.in.gov) to reserve your spot.

This tour is brought to you by the Indiana State House Tour Office

2:30 p.m. | Stories of Suffrage – Read Along

Join us to turn a page on suffrage. Tune in on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 2:30pm to hear some of your Hoosiers heroines read some of our favorite books on suffrage. No need to register. Just tune into Facebook Live to listen live.

This program is brought to you by the Indiana Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission, Indiana Historical Society, and Indiana Humanities.

8:00 p.m. | Putting the Vote to Work

What happens after women get the right the vote? Join political scientists Dr. Laura Merrifield Wilson, Dr. Christina Wolbrecht, and journalist Sage Steele to dig into the data around women’s voting patterns and female representation. We’ll explore how a century of voting behavior and trends has upset conventional wisdom and why women are underrepresented within American government.

Reserve your spot for the conversation here. 

This program is brought to you by the Indiana Historical Society, Indiana Humanities and the Indiana Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission

Thursday September 3

10:00 a.m. | Women at the Statehouse Tour

A walking tour of the Statehouse with stops throughout the building to share the stories of women who have impacts Hoosier history at the Statehouse with their contributions in politics, public service, and the arts.

Tours are in-person and subject to current guidelines. Limited capacity of 30 people per tour. Email Jeanette Gorben (jgoben@idoa.in.gov) to reserve your spot.

This tour is brought to you by the Indiana State House Tour Office

10:00 a.m. | Coffee Hour with Hillary Fleck

Every morning a suffrage expert will drop in to give a short, dynamic talk about suffrage and women in politics. Grab your favorite caffeinated beverage and cozy up to Facebook Live to listen and ask questions. Each talk is 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of Q&A.

How did the suffrage movement play out in southern Indiana? Hilary Fleck, who received a May Wright Sewall Fellowship to do new research on Monroe County suffragists, will talk about how the movement unfolded in Bloomington the surrounding area.

This program is brought to you by Indiana Humanities.

12:15 p.m. | Lunch and Learn

Tune in on Facebook during your lunch hour to watch a short (3-10 minutes) video about suffrage. If you like what you see, share with your networks!

This program is brought to you by Indiana Humanities.

2:00 p.m. | Women at the Statehouse Tour

A walking tour of the Statehouse with stops throughout the building to share the stories of women who have impacts Hoosier history at the Statehouse with their contributions in politics, public service, and the arts.

Tours are in-person and subject to current guidelines. Limited capacity of 30 people per tour. Email Jeanette Gorben (jgoben@idoa.in.gov) to reserve your spot.

This tour is brought to you by the Indiana State House Tour Office

2:30 p.m. | Stories of Suffrage – Book Spotlight

Join us to turn a page on suffrage. On Tuesday and Thursday at 2:30pm, discover your next favorite read with our suffrage book spotlight. No need to register. Just tune into Facebook Live to listen live.

This program is brought to you by the Indiana Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission, Indiana Historical Society, and Indiana Humanities.

3:00 p.m. | Finding Your Female Ancestor

Find the suffragists in your family history with Sarah Pfundstein, Genealogy Collection Librarian for Indiana State Library. Tracing your female ancestors can be frustrating due to challenges such as name changes and lack of documentation. This program will explore resources, best practices, and tips for finding the elusive women in your family tree.

Register for this workshop here. 

This program is brought to you by the Indiana State Library and the Indiana Historical Society

5:30 p.m. | History Happy Hour: The Long Road to Voting

Stay connected with the stories of your state while you’re stuck at home. Bring your own beverage and join us for a series of informal conversations with some of Indiana’s most interesting historians.

Women weren’t given the right to vote. They fought for it. Join us for a super-sized edition of the Indiana Historical Society’s History Happy Hour as we dive into the 70-year fight for suffrage with Dr. Joan Johnson of Northwestern University and Dr. Allison K. Lange of the Wentworth Institute of Technology.

Reserve your spot today. 

This program is brought to you by the Indiana Historical Society.

Friday September 4

10:00 a.m. | Coffee Hour with Dr. Jamie Wagman

Every morning a suffrage expert will drop in to give a short, dynamic talk about suffrage and women in politics. Grab your favorite caffeinated beverage and cozy up to Facebook Live to listen and ask questions. Each talk is 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of Q&A.

South Bend-area women supported suffrage in all kinds of ways, from grassroots activism to fundraising for the national cause. Dr. Jamie Wagman, associate professor of history and gender studies at St. Mary’s College, shares what she’s learned during her May Wright Sewall Fellowship.

This program is brought to you by Indiana Humanities.

12:15 p.m. | Lunch and Learn

Tune in on Facebook during your lunch hour to watch a short (3-10 minutes) video about suffrage. If you like what you see, share with your networks!

This program is brought to you by Indiana Humanities.

2:30 p.m. | Stories of Suffrage – Read Along

Join us to turn a page on suffrage. Tune in on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 2:30pm to hear some of your Hoosiers heroines read some of our favorite books on suffrage. No need to register. Just tune into Facebook Live to listen live.

This program is brought to you by the Indiana Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission, Indiana Historical Society, and Indiana Humanities.

2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. | Porch Parties

In the summer of 1920, Suffragists all over Indiana organized porch parties to inform and encourage voting. Join our friends at the Harrison Center for the Arts to finish out our week with a socially distanced party of your own. While your at it, consider putting on your sashes, brewing some iced equali-tea, and streaming our wrap-up video at 4 p.m.

Check out some tips on how to hold a great porch party here.

Share your party and tag #socialdistanceporching #suffrageblockparty.

This program is brought to you by the Harrison Center for the Arts, the Indiana Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission, the Indiana Historical Society, and the Indianapolis Propylaeum.

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