The UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture (CAHC) has received a $6,440 grant award from the Arkansas Humanities Council for a project focused on the history of women’s suffrage in the state of Arkansas.
The year 2017 will mark 100 years since Arkansas signed women’s suffrage into law, three years before the US passed the 19th Amendment. This was a milestone for the state and a transformative moment in American democracy.
This project will create a virtual exhibit titled “Arkansas Women’s Suffrage Centennial.” The exhibit will feature historic documents and photographs depicting the women’s suffrage movement in Arkansas and will include scholarly essays and critiques on various aspects of women’s suffrage. Additionally, lesson plans and educational materials for teachers will be designed and made accessible within the exhibit.
Scheduled to be launched on February 7, 2017, to coincide with the passage of primary suffrage in Arkansas, the virtual exhibit will serve as the official events listing for Arkansas Women’s Suffrage Centennial Project (AWSCP) and related activities as they are scheduled throughout the state.
AWSCP commemorates the 100th anniversary of the right to vote for women in Arkansas by promoting events, encouraging research and education programs related to women’s suffrage, and helping to preserve the history of women’s suffrage within the state. The Arkansas Women’s Suffrage Centennial will be celebrated between 2017 and 2020. The project steering committee includes representatives from the Arkansas Secretary of State’s office, the Arkansas State Archives, the Arkansas Women’s History Institute, the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, the UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture, the Old State House Museum, and the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History.