In 2019, the League of Women Voters (LWV) planned to celebrate the 19th Amendment’s centennial year, recognizing women’s right to vote.
LWV Minnesota created a traveling exhibit to recognize the organization’s mission and history over the past century.
We all know what happened next: COVID-19. The exhibit was canceled.
The celebration can finally begin. From Sunday, May 23 through Saturday, May 29, the LWV traveling exhibit will be at the Armory Arts and Events Center at 201 Park Ave. in Park Rapids. The show will also include a look at local LWV history and memorabilia.
Goals of the 12-panel exhibit include recognizing a century of activism by LWV Minnesota; recalling history through a lens of diversity, equity and inclusion; encouraging visitors to educate themselves and vote; reminding visitors that democracy depends on their participation, and empowering visitors to defend democracy.
The non-partisan LWV grew out of the 19th century suffrage movement. In Minnesota, it uses a statewide network of local chapters to encourage informed participation in government, register and empower voters, increase understanding of public policy issues, cultivate women leaders and influence policy through education and advocacy.
The exhibit opens to the public at 2:30 p.m. on May 23 with a play titled “The Suffragists Plus One.” It has been performed several times over the last 13 years by members of LWV of the Park Rapids Area. This may be the last chance to see it, according to a LWV news release.
The exhibit will be open daily from 2 to 6 p.m. except Wednesday, May 26, when it will open from 3 to 7 p.m. It is free and open to the public, and a lift is available to accommodate those with mobility needs.
Visitors can pick up coupons or gift cards from local restaurants, then go out to eat. There will be a drawing for a grand door prize on May 29. Visitors can enter the drawing every day and do not need to be present to win.