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The Tennessee State Museum hosts a wide range of FREE, fascinating events and educational programs throughout the year. Advance reservations are not required, unless indicated on the listing. For seated events, seats are provided on a first-come, first-served basis.
A Four-Part Online Course
Join the Tennessee State Museum, together with guest scholars from around the state, on Thursday evenings in June for a four-part online class on the history of women’s political activities in Tennessee and how they fought for the right to vote. Though the 19th Amendment was ratified in 1920, women worked for decades for full citizenship. Classes will cover the long history of women’s suffrage in Tennessee, from Native American women on the frontier, to the years following the ratification of the 19th amendment. These free online classes on June 4, 11, 18 and 25 are open to the public, but registration required. Join us on Thursday evenings in June, for one or all of these not-to-be missed classes.
June 4, 6:00pm: Dr. Carole Bucy - Working Together for the Greater Good: Tennessee’s Voluntary Associations of Women
Dr. Carole Bucy, Davidson County Historian and Volunteer State professor, will discuss women’s groups throughout Tennessee history and how they impacted the vote for Women’s Suffrage. This lecture will cover women’s work on the frontier, through prohibition and suffrage.
June 11, 6:00pm: Dr. Beverly Bond- Tennessee Women during the Civil War/Reconstruction Period
Dr. Beverly Bond of Memphis University will discuss the role of Tennessee women in the Civil War and Reconstruction. Dr. Bond will give a broad perspective on how the Civil War changed the social and economic lives of African American Tennessee women and their involvement in political relationships in the state.
June 18, 6:00pm: Dr. Mary Evins - The Right Side of History: Civic Activism of Tennessee Women Before Suffrage
Dr. Mary Evins of Middle Tennessee State University will discuss women’s involvements in activism and public work across Tennessee began well before their state and national roles in advocacy for woman suffrage. This class will examine the issues, concerns, and methods of women who operated without citizenship, within 19th-century civic patriarchy, provide important perspectives on the trajectory of the bend of the moral universe’s arc toward increased justice in civil society.
June 25, 6:00pm: Dr. Miranda Fraley-Rhodes- Tennessee Women in the 1920s: A Transformative Decade?
Dr. Miranda Fraley-Rhodes, Tennessee State assistant chief curator and curator of the upcoming exhibition, Ratified! Tennessee Women and the Right to Vote, will lecture on the experiences of Tennessee women during the 1920s. How did women’s roles in politics change following the ratification of the 19th Amendment? What were some of the lasting legacies of the suffrage movement in the state? Learn about how women seized new opportunities to participate in public life despite ongoing challenges and debates.
These free online classes are open to the public, but registration is required. Instructions to access online classes will be sent out to registrants prior to each class.
Join us Thursday evenings in June for this not-to-be missed course!