Five Historic Markers Commemorate Woman Suffrage Activities in Nevada
Voting rights for the majority of women across the country were secured with passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and the centennial of that landmark will take place in 2020. To recognize significant events and people in the suffrage campaign, the National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites (NCWHS) and the William G. Pomeroy Foundation have partnered to place historic markers in each state and territory of the U.S., including five historic markers in Nevada.
The first installation of a suffrage marker takes place Nov. 22 at noon at the Mizpah Hotel in Tonopah and will honor Marjorie Brown whose work with the state organization succeeded in gaining support in the middle of the state.
The historic markers project emerged from the National Votes for Women Trail, a project of the NCWHS. This digital site visualizes places and people who worked for woman suffrage from the middle of the 19th century through 1920. Nevada passed a woman suffrage bill in 1914 and active members of the state campaign went on to work for suffrage in other states and set up voter education groups in the state.
“It has been remarkable to discover the breadth and longevity of activity across the state that led to this win,” said Joanne Goodwin, professor of history at UNLV and a board member of the NCWHS, who coordinated the Nevada effort.
“The National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites and Pomeroy Foundation have demonstrated the truly national effort of the campaign.”
Other approved marker sites in Nevada are:
- Carson City – honoring Felice Cohn for her work with the state Equal Franchise Society and writing the draft of the legislation passed by the legislature. Dec. 10, 2019 at 1 p.m.
- Las Vegas -- the Mesquite, especially its President Delphine Squires who brought national and state suffrage speakers to the southern part of the state during the height of the campaign. March 5, 2020 at 10 a.m.
- Battle Mountain -- site of the first convention in 1870 to organize for woman suffrage in the state. July 4, 2020.
- Reno -- the state headquarters of the Nevada Equal Franchise Society and its president Anne Martin who organized the successful campaign, 1912-191 (in approval process)
The project benefited from the research assistance of UNLV Ph.D. student Christina Lamoureux. The entire application process, working with local communities and the Pomeroy Foundation, has taken two years.
About The National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites (NCWHS) The National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites is a non-profit organization established to support and promote the preservation and interpretation of sites and locales that bear witness to women’s participation in American history. NCWHS is dedicated to making women’s contributions to history visible so all women’s experiences and potential are fully valued. Visit: www.ncwhs.org
About the William G. Pomeroy Foundation The William G. Pomeroy Foundation is a private foundation established in 2005. The Foundation is committed to supporting the celebration and preservation of community history; and to raising awareness, supporting research and improving the quality of care for patients and their families who are facing a blood cancer diagnosis. To date, the Foundation has awarded nearly 800 grants for historic signage in New York State and beyond. Visit: www.wgpfoundation.org