The NWC course Women in the West taught by Amy McKinney will be hosting a series of talks focusing on Wyoming women. Wyoming is celebrating the 150th anniversary of suffrage and the Wyoming Office of Tourism has declared 2019 the “Year of Wyoming Women.”
McKinney received a grant from the American Heritage Center in Laramie to use their archival collections in her Women in the West and is including a special focus on Wyoming women and suffrage this semester. As part of the grant, the class will be hosting a series of public presentations featuring Wyoming women. The first in this series will be Thursday, September 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the Yellowstone Conference Center at Northwest College.
McKinney will present on the 50th Anniversary of suffrage in Wyoming in 1919, which coincided with the final push for the passage of the Susan B. Anthony Amendment (19th Amendment). This presentation is based on a chapter she contributed to the forthcoming book Equality at the Ballot Box: Votes for Women on the Northern Great Plains States, which comes out next month. Light refreshments will be provided.
Future presentations include Wyoming women in agriculture (October, date to be announced) and Wyoming women in the military (November, date to be announced). The culminating event will be on December 10 at 7:00 p.m. in the Yellowstone Conference Center. This is the exact date suffrage was signed in to law in Wyoming. The December 10 presentations will feature the students in the Women in the West class who will be utilizing the archival collections from the American Heritage Center.
Audience members will vote on their favorite presentation and that student will win $150. All events are free and open to the public. Please help celebrate Wyoming’s rich history of suffrage. For more information contact Amy McKinney at email@example.com or call 307-754-6008.