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Feb 24

New Johnson County Museum digital temporary exhibit celebrates 19th Amendment

Posted on February 24, 2020 at 3:03 PM by Becky Burnside

To celebrate the centennial of the 19th Amendment, a free temporary digital exhibit called Women and the Vote opens March 2 at the Johnson County Museum.

“This digital exhibit will examine the broader Kansas history of women’s involvement in democracy, as well as the specific electoral history of women in Johnson County,” said the museum’s Curator of Interpretation, Andrew R. Gustafson. 

The Women and the Vote exhibit will run through the end of 2020, and ties into both the centennial and March as Women’s History Month. On display in digital format are items from the League of Women Voters of Johnson County collection, which the museum maintains.

“Kansas has always been somewhat exceptional when it comes to women’s involvement in democracy,” Gustafson said. “Women could vote in some elections as early as 1861, and Kansas was an early adopter of the 19th Amendment, through which women won the right to vote after decades of fighting for it. This exhibit will examine this broader Kansas history, as well as the specific electoral history of women in Johnson County. We want all Johnson Countians to reflect on the importance of the centennial date, as well as what work remains to be accomplished.”

Because this digital exhibit will be located in the Creative Commons area of the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, and not inside the Johnson County Museum itself, admission to this exhibit is free and available during building hours of 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about the museum or this exhibit, go to jcprd.com.

A related Lunch and Learn program for all ages called Women and Democracy, will be presented at JCAHC on Tuesday, March 24. During this presentation, which will begin at 11:30 a.m., guest speakers from the League of Women Voters of Johnson County will discuss their history, current projects, and connections to the 19th Amendment Centennial. Participants should bring a lunch, and the museum will provide drinks and dessert. The cost for one one-hour program is $6 per person and includes museum admission. Museum members receive a 20 percent discount, but must call to claim their discount. 

Another related program called History on Tap - Politics on the Platform - Women and the 19th Amendment is scheduled at JCAHC for July 9. Registration for this program begins March 23.  

Also still on display inside the museum through March 14 is the Savages and Princesses - The Persistence of Native American Stereotypes, which opened in November. First curated by America Meredith, a Native American artist in Oklahoma, this traveling exhibit consists of more than thirty contemporary artworks by 13 nationally-recognized Native American artists, and includes small art objects, framed pieces, and a giant installation. This exhibit was made possible by Mid-America Arts Alliance and Exhibits USA, as well as through funding from Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (KCAIC) and the National Endowment for the Arts. Savages and Princesses is included with regular museum admission rates of $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, and $4 for children. The museum is open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and is closed on Sunday.