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Museum on Main New Exhibit: California Women's Suffrage

  • August 4, 2011

By Chuck Deckert

The Museum on Main hosted a reception Tuesday night for members to preview its new exhibit, California Women Suffrage. One hundred years ago, the voters of California accepted women into their ranks with the passage of 1911’s Proposition 4. 

In this traveling exhibition, visitors can explore the forty-plus year struggle to bring California women the right to vote and to hold public office and the progress that has been made since.

In addition to the museum members who attended the reception, which included City Councilperson Jerry Thorne, the museum also welcomed California State Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett, who gave a short speech.

Ms. Corbett made us aware that she started her career as a tour guide of the California State Capitol before eventually becoming a State Senator many years later.

The exhibit will be in place at the Museum on Main at 603 Main Street until September 25th.

Near the end of the exhibit run, a tandem lecture event will be held on September 21 by Dr. Jessica Weiss, Associate Professor of History at CSU East Bay. This is part of the Ed Kinney Lecture Series.

She will provide insight to the history of women’s rights in California and the suffragist movement of the early 1900s.

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