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10/3/2013 2:59:00 PM
Tiskilwa program: 'How Illinois Women Won the Right to Vote'

NT Staff

TISKILWA — Did you know that Illinois was the first state east of the Mississippi River to grant women presidential suffrage and later, the first state to ratify the Nineteenth Amendment?

Through first-person portrayal and narration, Chicago author and historian Leslie Goddard will bring Illinois suffragists’ stories to life at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7 at the Museum on Main, 110 E. Main St., Tiskilwa.

Goddard holds a Ph.D. in American history from Northwestern University as well as a master’s degree in theater.

“Few states witnessed a livelier or more dynamic campaign to win women’s suffrage than Illinois. Sometimes conventional and other times audacious, their struggle for the right to vote is full of colorful stories and poignant lessons for today,” she said.

Through her program — adapted from journals, autobiographies, and letters — the audience will “meet” five of Illinois’ most famous suffragists, including Grace Wilbur Trout, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, and Frances Willard.

The program is co-sponsored by Bureau County and Tiskilwa historical societies.
The Museum on Main is handicapped accessible and there will be no admission fee. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Cecille Gerber, Tiskilwa Historical Society (630) 707-0086.

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