(Temple) – The Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum will present the exhibit “Citizens at Last: The Woman Suffrage Movement in Texas” from July 5, 2013 to August 31, 2013. “Citizens at Last” focuses on the twenty-seven-year woman’s suffrage campaign in Texas. This traveling exhibition by Humanities Texas uses archival photographs, newspaper clippings, cartoons, cards, and texts to illustrate the struggle of women to gain the right to vote in Texas.
“This exhibit looks at the national suffrage movement through the lens of Texas history,” said Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum Director, Stephanie Long. “Suffrage was an important political issue for many years. When the Santa Fe Depot (which houses our museum) was completed in 1911, suffrage was a hot topic politically and the suffrage movement in Texas was about to heat up again in the final push towards the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920.”
“Citizens at Last: The Woman Suffrage Movement in Texas” was produced by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The exhibit is made possible in part by a We the People grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Humanities Texas develops and supports diverse programs across the state, including lectures, oral history projects, teacher institutes, traveling exhibitions, and documentary films.
Along with the exhibit, the museum will launch a Reading History Book Club that is free and open to the public to join. The group will meet at the museum on the second Tuesday of each month from 5:30 – 7:00pm. The club will discuss non-fiction books relating to American history or other historical topics of interest to the group. The August book selection is Sisters: The Lives of America’s Suffragists by Jean H. Baker.
The Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum is located at 315 W. Avenue B in downtown Temple, Texas. For more information about the exhibit, museum hours and admission, please visit www.rrhm.org or call 254.298.5172.