Event honors ratification of the 19th Amendment

Suffragettes representing Oregon work to get the vote in 1912. (Photo courtesy Library of Congress)

The 100-year celebration of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote

Aug. 19, 2020 — On Wednesday, Aug. 26, in Historic Old Town Florence, the community is invited to attend the 100-year celebration of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. This is a non-partisan event to honor the Suffragists who fought for equal rights for all women. Note: Masks are required and social distancing will be practiced. 

A parade/march starts at 1 p.m. Participants will leave the parking lot just west of the Veteran's Memorial Park at 1200 Bay St., traveling east on Bay Street, turning left up Maple Street to end at the Siuslaw Pioneer Museum parking lot, 278 Maple St. 

During the event, excerpts of historic speeches by notable Suffragists will be reenacted outdoors by actors from the Last Resort Players and the John Quay Heritage Players. Actors will appear in period costumes.

There will also be a presentation from League of Women voters and music and a performance by the Dancing Divas.

Voter registration and information will be available after the event at the Old Town Gazebo Park.

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