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Celebrate California’s Ratification of the 19th Amendment, November 9 in Sacramento

HER FLAG & THE CALIFORNIA SUFFRAGE CENTENNIAL

ALL ABOARD! The League of Women Voters Diablo Valley is going on a road trip to celebrate the ratification of the 19th Amendment in California on Saturday, November 9th in Sacramento for multiple events, both at the Crocker Art Museum, 216 O St, Sacramento, CA 95814 and at the California Suffrage Centennial at the California Museum, 1020 O St, Sacramento, CA 95814

HER FLAG: Crocker Art Museum, 1:30 p.m. 216 O St, Sacramento, CA 95814

Marilyn Artus, a visual artist based in Oklahoma, has focused her work on the female experience and women's issues. Her shows have explored the suffragist era in the U.S. and paid tribute to many women in U.S. History.

As the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment approaches, she took a fresh look at the suffragist era again and created a work to educate and celebrate this important anniversary. She collaborated with 364 friends on Facebook to create a large-scale work and has been using the American flag for feminist exploration. She met with other artists, curators and art leaders to talk about her passion and to try and figure out what the work would look like. This evolved into "Her Flag". This year she has been travelling the path of ratification to collaborate with a female artist in all 36 states. Each of these artists has created a stripe representative of their state that she will stitch together in a public location in their capital city on the day of their state's ratification of the 19th Amendment. She has also reached out to performing artists who have performed at the sewing of their state's stripe. The people of each state are invited to celebrate this anniversary with her. The culmination will be a new flag sewn as a thank you and love letter to the states that gave women the right to vote. This project will include those three things: collaboration, the American flag, and performance art.

"This project is about moving forward. This project is not about Democrats or Republicans. It is about Americans. It is about celebrating an important anniversary in our history. And it is about evaluating how we can encourage more women to run for political office."

California Votes for Women: A California Suffrage Centennial California Museum 1020 O St, Sacramento, CA 95814
Sat., Nov. 9, 2019 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Free for first 500 or $5 reduced admission

Celebrate the 100th anniversary of California’s ratification of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote with California First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom! Festivities include:

  • FREE or $5 reduced admission to view all current exhibits*

  • National Archives’ “Rightfully Hers” exhibit & California State Archives display on the women’s suffrage history

  • Presentations by Ida B. Wells‘ great-granddaughter Michelle Duster, historian Robert P. J. Cooney, Jr., children’s author Laura Atkins & the League of Women Voters of California

  • Complimentary hands-on activities including community quilt honoring African American suffragists led by Sisters Quilting Collective, replica “Votes For Women” pennants & more

  • Girl Power Story Time reading circle activity for kids ages 5 & up with the Sacramento Public Library

  • Restored suffragist silent film “Mothers of Men” (1917) shot on location in Northern California

  • Suffragist living history reenactors from the Sacramento History Museum

  • Information tables by California Secretary of State Voter Registration, National Women’s History Alliance, the League of Women Voters of California & others

  • Concessions for sale by Chocolate Fish Coffee, Drewski’s Hot Rod Kitchen & others

  • $3 flat-rate parking in Bonderson Garage (Lot 24) at 1500 10th Street

  • More fun for all ― don’t miss it!

To claim a free or $5 reduced admission ticket, register using the link below:

https://www.californiamuseum.org/cavotesforwomen

Public Transportation:

The Museum is located at the Archives Plaza Light Rail stop. Please visit Sacramento Regional Transit’s online trip planning portal for schedules and fares.

Out-of-town Visitors: Amtrak is a convenient alternative to driving for many visitors who are planning a trip to the Museum from various locations across Northern California. From the Sacramento Amtrak train station located at 4th and I Streets, passengers may transfer to Sacramento Regional Transit’s Light Rail and take the Gold Line to the Archives Plaza stop at 10th and O Streets, which is a 12-block ride.

FOR LEAGUE MEMBERS INTERESTED IN JOINING ON THIS ROAD TRIP:

Amtrak trains are plentiful departing Martinez for Sacramento; travel times range from just under an hour to just over an hour.

LWVDV Anniversary Committee members are planning to take the 9:00 am train from Martinez, arriving in Sacramento at 10:13 am. We will probably travel back by the 3:46 pm train, returning to Martinez at 5:00 pm. There are a number of other trains if you want to come and go on your own schedule. Please visit Amtrak for additional information on fares and schedules.

Sacramento Amtrak Station is within walking distance of the Crocker Art Museum but it’s a 6-7 block walk so some may prefer to use Uber, Lyft or the Light Rail train system (which takes you within about 4 blocks).

CaliforniaKara Moore