Jun
3
5:00 PM17:00

Talk: We Demand: The First Ever Cross-Country Road Trip for a Cause

In September 1915 four women embarked in an open car from San Francisco’s Panama Pacific International Exposition on the country’s first cross-country road trip for a cause. They were carrying a petition to Congress and President Wilson demanding an amendment to the United States Constitution enfranchising women. Over primitive, poorly signed roads and through blazing heat, rain, snow, and mud, they battled their way across the country, stopping in towns along the way to collect more signatures and to raise awareness that most women in the country were prohibited from voting. 

Independent historian Anne B. Gass retraced their route in 2015 and blogged about it at www.suffrageroadtrip.com. This lively talk is accompanied by historic slides.


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Jun
22
10:00 AM10:00

Bike Day at The Maine State Museum

  • Bicycle Coalition of Maine/Maine State Museum (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us as we celebrate women and cycling! In conjunction with their exhibit “Women’s Long Road- 100 years to the Vote” the Maine State Museum will be partnering with the Bicycle Coalition of Maine to host Bike Day on Saturday, June 22 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The event will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment granting women the right to vote and will highlight the integral role that the bicycle played in empowering women!

Join us for a bicycle rodeo, bicycling fashion contest, creating your own suffrage sash, access to the exhibit, and a family bike ride

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Jul
30
6:30 PM18:30

Talk: Voting Down the Rose: Maine's Fight for Woman Suffrage

Florence Brooks Whitehouse was a novelist, painter, vocalist, and mother of three sons when she first joined the suffrage movement in 1914. This talk explores Florence’s life up to 1914 and her leadership in moving suffrage forward in Maine, joining forces with national leader Alice Paul in a desperate, last-ditch effort to ensure that the Maine legislature ratified the 19th Amendment that would give women voting rights. Slides of historic photos accompany this lively talk, which lasts about 40 minutes. The speaker, Anne B. Gass, is Whitehouse's great-granddaughter.

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Nov
1
5:00 PM17:00

First Friday Art Walk - WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE CENTENNIAL COMMEMORATION

  • Creative Portland & City of Portland Arts District (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

During the November First Friday Art Walk, on Friday, November 1, Portland's arts and cultural organizations will collaborate with city partners and cultural organizations to launch Portland's participation in the Women's Suffrage Centennial Commemoration through arts exhibitions, multi-media messaging, pop-up exhibits, musical concerts, spoken word & poetry performances and more.

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Nov
3
2:00 PM14:00

Talk: Voting Down the Rose: Maine's Fight for Woman Suffrage

Florence Brooks Whitehouse was a novelist, painter, vocalist, and mother of three sons when she first joined the suffrage movement in 1914. This talk explores Florence’s life up to 1914 and her leadership in moving suffrage forward in Maine, joining forces with national leader Alice Paul in a desperate, last-ditch effort to ensure that the Maine legislature ratified the 19th Amendment that would give women voting rights. Slides of historic photos accompany this lively talk, which lasts about 40 minutes. The speaker, Anne B. Gass, is Whitehouse's great-granddaughter.


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Nov
16
6:00 PM18:00

Let the Girl's Play! Concert featuring Kalie Shorr of the Song Suffragettes and Maine Academy of Modern Music's Girls Rock! Band

Enjoy a night out supporting local and national female artists.

A country artist with a sweet voice but strong work ethic, Kalie Shorr took the hard road to stardom as she first made her name in Nashville as a teenager. Shorr was born and raised in Portland, Maine on July 11, 1994, where she was the youngest of seven children born to a single mother. Shorr soaked up a rich variety of influences from her siblings, and at the age of six, she began writing songs. At 13, Shorr learned to play guitar and gained experience playing in a rock band in Portland, singing Pink Floyd and Nirvana covers in a friend’s basement. While she loved rock and pop, Shorr was certain that her future lay in country music after hearing Johnny Cash's cover of "Hurt, originally by Nine Inch Nails. Determined to make her mark, Shorr took extra classes so she could graduate from high school early, and then held down two jobs at once so she could raise the money to move to Nashville. 

By the time she was 19, Shorr had settled in Music City, and she landed a job at a hot dog stand while she searched for an audience to hear her songs. Things began looking up for Shorr when she became part of a weekly songwriter’s showcase called Song Suffragettes that highlights the work of talented female singer/songwriters in Nashville. Song Suffragettes helped raise Shorr’s profile which resulted in her first publishing deal, solidifying her dream of becoming a professional musician in Nashville.

Kalie was recently named to Taste of Country’s “2018 Hottest Artists Under 25”

Song by song, Maine Academy of Modern Music (MAMM) aspires to provide Maine youth with the discipline, freedom, and guidance to appreciate the thrill of making contemporary music, instilling in them the power of self-expression. MAMM is dedicated to building leadership through the musical arts. Girls Rock! is made up of female musicians from MAMM...girls who really rock! They play an annual concert in March for Women's History Month and performs other times throughout the year. MAMM also hosts a Girls Rock! Summer Camp each summer.

Ticket Sales and Website Coming Soon - Contact: Laura Genese lgenese@gsmaine.org

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Apr
22
6:30 PM18:30

Talk: Voting Down the Rose: Maine's Fight for Woman Suffrage

This talk is based on the book "Voting Down the Rose: Florence Brooks Whitehouse and Maine's Fight for Woman Suffrage", about the author's great-grandmother. Florence was a novelist, painter, vocalist, and mother of three sons when she first joined the suffrage movement in 1914. We explore Florence’s life up to 1914 and her leadership in moving suffrage forward in Maine, joining forces with national leader Alice Paul in a desperate, last-ditch effort to ensure that the legislature ratified the 19th Amendment that would give women voting rights. Slides of historic photos accompany this lively talk, which lasts about 40 minutes.

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May
14
5:30 PM17:30

Talk: Voting Down the Rose: Florence Brooks Whitehouse and Maine's Fight for Woman Suffrage

Florence Brooks Whitehouse was a novelist, painter, vocalist, and mother of three sons when she first joined the suffrage movement in 1914. This talk explores Florence’s life up to 1914 and her leadership in moving suffrage forward in Maine, joining forces with national leader Alice Paul in a desperate, last-ditch effort to ensure that the Maine legislature ratified the 19th Amendment that would give women voting rights. Slides of historic photos accompany this lively talk, which lasts about 40 minutes. The speaker, Anne B. Gass, is Whitehouse's great-granddaughter.

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May
14
10:00 AM10:00

Talk: We Demand: The First Ever Cross-Country Road Trip for a Cause

In September 1915 four women embarked in an open car from San Francisco’s Panama Pacific International Exposition on the country’s first cross-country road trip for a cause. They were carrying a petition to Congress and President Wilson demanding an amendment to the United States Constitution enfranchising women. Over primitive, poorly signed roads and through blazing heat, rain, snow, and mud, they battled their way across the country, stopping in towns along the way to collect more signatures and to raise awareness that most women in the country were prohibited from voting. 

Independent historian Anne B. Gass retraced their route in 2015 and blogged about it at www.suffrageroadtrip.com. This lively talk is accompanied by historic slides.

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May
5
6:00 PM18:00

Talk: We Demand: The First Ever Cross-Country Road Trip for a Cause

In September 1915 four women embarked in an open car from San Francisco’s Panama Pacific International Exposition on the country’s first cross-country road trip for a cause. They were carrying a petition to Congress and President Wilson demanding an amendment to the United States Constitution enfranchising women. Over primitive, poorly signed roads and through blazing heat, rain, snow, and mud, they battled their way across the country, stopping in towns along the way to collect more signatures and to raise awareness that most women in the country were prohibited from voting. Maine author Anne Gass retraced their route in 2015 and blogged about it at www.suffrageroadtrip.com. This lively talk is accompanied by historic slides.

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May
3
10:00 AM10:00

Exhibit: "Power of Potential: The 1925 National Business and Professional Women’s Convent

"Power of Potential" features photographs from the Portland Evening Express' news coverage of the 1925 National Business and Professional Women's convention. 

This is an ongoing event from May-August 2019. Business hours are 10-5PM, the opening day's hours include First Friday Art Walk (open until 8PM)

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Apr
16
7:00 PM19:00

One Night Only! "Twelve Angry Men" Read by Twelve Impassioned Women at Portland Stage

The classic play “Twelve Angry Men” will be read by Twelve Impassioned Women

The play was written decades before women were allowed to serve on juries in all 50 states. Now, as part of the 12,000 Voices Project, women on stages across the country will read this story about the power of one person speaking out against injustice. The 12,000 Voices Project seeks to empower women to use their voices and their votes. Following the production, there will be a voter registration drive in the lobby.

All proceeds from this event benefit the Maine Women’s Suffrage Collaborative!

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Apr
1
12:00 AM00:00

Margaret Chase Smith Essay Contest

April 1, 2019 deadline

Every school year the Library administers the Margaret Chase Smith Essay Contest. It is open to Maine high school seniors and invites them to write on a theme related either to a historical milestone or a current event. Thanks to the generous support from the Margaret Chase Smith Foundation, prizes are $1000 for first place, $500 for second place, $250 for third place, and five $50 honorable mention prizes.

More info: http://www.mcslibrary.org/awards/

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Mar
25
7:00 PM19:00

Talk: We Demand: The First Ever Cross-Country Road Trip for a Cause

In September 1915 four women embarked in an open car from San Francisco’s Panama Pacific International Exposition on the country’s first cross-country road trip for a cause. They were carrying a petition to Congress and President Wilson demanding an amendment to the United States Constitution enfranchising women. Over primitive, poorly signed roads and through blazing heat, rain, snow, and mud, they battled their way across the country, stopping in towns along the way to collect more signatures and to raise awareness that most women in the country were prohibited from voting.


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Mar
25
1:15 PM13:15

Talk: Suffrage Road Trip

  • York County Community College- Hannaford Lecture Hall (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

In September 1915 four women embarked in an open car from San Francisco’s Panama Pacific International Exposition on the country’s first cross-country road trip for a cause. They were carrying a petition to Congress and President Wilson demanding an amendment to the United States Constitution enfranchising women. Over primitive, poorly signed roads and through blazing heat, rain, snow, and mud, they battled their way across the country, stopping in towns along the way to collect more signatures and to raise awareness that most women in the country were prohibited from voting.


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Mar
11
1:00 PM13:00

Maine Calling at Maine Public

Join Maine Public's Maine Calling host Jennifer Rook and her guests Candace Kanes and Anne B. Gass, to talk about Maine suffrage history, who wasn't enfranchised in 1920, the upcoming centennial of woman suffrage, and events planned to commemorate this important milestone. 

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Feb
26
10:00 AM10:00

MEETING of the Maine Suffrage Centennial Collaborative

Come join us for a group meeting of everyone participating in the Suffrage Centennial. We will give an update on the status of the Centennial, then open it up to hear YOUR ideas.

Go to the Historical Society Gift Shop (to the left of the main entrance to the Historical Society). Someone will direct you to the conference room behind the shop.

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Feb
14
2:00 PM14:00

The Struggle for Suffrage in Historically Marginalized Communities: Where We Started and Where We are Now

As we near the centennial of the passage of the 19th amendment, we recognize that history is complicated, victories are partial, and sometimes we have to celebrate and regret in the same breath. The suffrage movement teaches us about the power of organizing; that diverse tactics - from civil disobedience to patient lobbying to changing the popular culture - all have power, and it also teaches us that such movements can be flawed and ask more marginalized members to wait their turn to be free.

To this day, many of these groups still face often insurmountable hurdles to exercising their right to vote and continue to fight against structural, institutional barriers to voter enfranchisement. While we acknowledge the fact that that voter disenfranchisement has affected countless communities, this panel discussion is going to focus specifically on the experiences of three of these groups: women, African Americans, and Native Americans.

This event is part of the League of Women Voters of Maine and Maine Citizens for Clean Elections' "Democracy Partnership Advocacy Day," and members of the public are also invited to join for the full day of events, including meeting with members of the legislature and advocating for policies that strengthen Maine democracy.

To attend the afternoon panel, which is free and open to the public, RSVP's are required.

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Feb
9
2:00 PM14:00

We Demand: The First Ever Cross-Country Road Trip for a Cause

  • Unitarian Universalist Church of Brunswick, ME (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

In September 1915 four women embarked in an open car from San Francisco’s Panama Pacific International Exposition on the country’s first cross-country road trip for a cause. They were carrying a petition to Congress and President Wilson demanding an amendment to the United States Constitution enfranchising women. Over primitive roads and through blazing heat, rain, snow, and mud, they battled their way across the country, stopping along the way to collect more signatures and to raise awareness that most women in the country were prohibited from voting. 

Anne B. Gass will deliver this lively talk, accompanied by historic slides from the period. She retraced the original route in the fall of 2015 and blogged about it at www.suffrageroadtrip.com.

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