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Three New Online Exhibits on Women’s Suffrage in Alaska

by Amy Carney on 2020-07-17T17:16:06-08:00 in Alaska State Museum, Archives | Comments

Juneau - In recognition of the 100-year anniversary of women's suffrage in the United States the Alaska State Library, Archives and Museum presents three online exhibits: Women of Alaska, Women of Vision, and Alaska’s Suffrage Star. Educational activities associated with these exhibits can be found on our Teacher's Online Resources page, as well as the online exhibits themselves.

Women of Alaska

Selection of photographs from the Alaska State Library Historical Collections.

Women of Vision

Quilt, crazy-quilt style, 1888 (cropped image)
Unknown, “The Ladies of Alaska.” Alaska State Museum III-O-979.

Alaska's Suffrage Star

Margaret Vale, niece of President Woodrow Wilson, represents Alaska in a 1915 suffrage parade in New York City
(cropped image). Image courtesy Library of Congress.

Women of Alaska – Women have played a significant role in shaping Alaska into the state it is today. Women of Alaska recognizes and celebrates their achievements and contributions to the economic, academic, social, cultural, and political fields within our communities.
This exhibit is curated from the collections of the Alaska State Archives and Alaska State Library Historical Collections and contains a sampling of the many women who have not only survived, but thrived in times of hardship and discrimination, paving the way for future generations.

Women of Vision – Through 2020 the Alaska State Museum is displaying highlights from the collection by women artists. These works span over a century and include recent acquisitions made possible by the Rasmuson Foundation. We present these works of art in honor of the visionary women who fought for and achieved the right to vote.

Alaska’s Suffrage Star – The exhibit shares the history of women’s suffrage in Alaska, explaining how local and national activism helped Alaska women citizens achieve the vote in 1913.

That year, the first bill ever passed by the Alaska Territorial Legislature granted voting rights to women citizens. Only in 1924 did all Alaska Native women become eligible voters, because it was only then that the federal government granted US citizenship to Native Americans.

The exhibit features reproductions of historic photographs, illustrations, political cartoons, and kid’s activities. It highlights Alaska women voting rights activists from the 1910s and 1920s, including:

  • Nellie Cashman, entrepreneur, miner, and the first woman to vote in a territorial election in Alaska
  • Cornelia Hatcher, temperance leader who led the successful effort to enact Prohibition in Alaska
  • Lena Morrow Lewis, socialist organizer and the first Alaska woman to run for federal office in 1916
  • Tillie Paul, Tlingit educator and tribal historian who was arrested for assisting a Tlingit man to vote

Curated by the Alaska State Museum and sponsored by the League of Women Voters Alaska, the League of Women Voters Anchorage, the Fairbanks Branch of the American Association of University Women, and the Friends of the Alaska State Library, Archives, & Museum.

Check our open hours for the Alaska State Library, Historical Collections, Archives and Museum before you visit. Assistance is available for visitors who have a disability. Please contact visitor services at 465-2901 before your visit.

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