Smithsonian National Museum of American History
Women’s History Month at the
Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History
The National Woman Suffrage Parade, 1913
History Highlights, First Floor Center
February 28 – October, 2013
On March 3, 1913, 5,000 women marched up Pennsylvania Avenue demanding the right to vote. Their “national procession,” staged the day before Woodrow Wilson’s presidential inauguration, was the first civil rights parade to use the nation’s capital as a backdrop, underscoring the national importance of their cause and women’s identity as American citizens. The event brought women from around the country to Washington in a show of strength and determination to obtain the ballot. The extravagant parade–and the near riot that almost destroyed–it kept woman suffrage in the newspapers for weeks. This 30-foot long showcase display recreates the mood of the parade and illustrates its impact using costumes worn by participants along with banners, sashes, postcards, letters and photographs. http://americanhistory.si.edu
Women’s History Month Family Festival
March 2, Noon to 4 p.m., First Floor
The National Museum of American History hosts the Smithsonian’s Women’s History Month kick-off celebration. The family festival commemorates the centennial of the 1913 woman suffrage parade in D.C. and coincides with the opening of the museum’s History Highlights display. Visitors explore history through conversations with the curator, objects out of storage, an historical interpreter and music performances, creating hands-on crafts and sharing their thoughts on the talk-back board and in oral history interviews. The festival is held in partnership with Girl Scouts Council of the Nation’s Capital, Sewall-Belmont House and Museum, DAR Museum and the National Portrait Gallery; and in collaboration with the Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies, Smithsonian Heritage Months Steering Committee and the Hirshhorn’s ARTLAB+.
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