Women's Suffrage Centennial

Women's Suffrage Centennial Commemoration Events

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August 2019-August 2020
Historic Women's Suffrage Exhibit

Explore a display of The Hermitage Hotel's private collection of historic artifacts dating from the summer of 1920, when Suffragists were headquartered in the hotel. This display will be located in the lobby next to the reception desk, and will be open for all to see throughout the spring and summer of the centennial year.

More happenings at The Hermitage Hotel:

Take a sip back in time in The Hermitage Hotel's Oak Bar with a Suffragist-themed cocktail menu August 2019-August 2020. Enjoy this specially-crafted beverage experience inspired by the Prohibition-era and storied Woman Suffrage leaders like Carrie Chapman Catt and Ann Dallas Dudley.

During the summer of 2020 (June-August), Executive Chef Derek Brooks of The Hermitage Hotel's Capitol Grille features culinary delights dating back to the 1920s. These throwback dishes will be created to offer a taste of what Suffragists & politicians of the time enjoyed as they passed the 19th Amendment. Savor this culinary journey through history as Nashville celebrates the centennial of women's right to vote.

October 2 & 8, 2019
Composing a Movement: Women in Classical Music

The Nashville Symphony's Young People's Concerts series for schoolchildren celebrates the vital but often forgotten histories of female composers in classical music, with works by Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn, Amy Beach, Lili Boulanger, and Florence Price. Students in grades 5-12 will learn about the legacy these women created, and path they forged for composers and musicians today. Advance registration required.

October 9, 2019
Tennessee Statesman Harry T. Burn: Woman Suffrage, Free Elections, and a Life of Service

Tyler Boyd, author and great grand-nephew of Harry T. Burn, is the featured speaker for this edition of the Tennessee Historical Society Lecture Series at 5:30pm at Fort Negley Visitors Center.

Rep. Harry Burnʼs vote for Tennesseeʼs ratification of the 19th Amendment created one of the most dramatic moments in the stateʼs history – and myths as well. Tyler Boydʼs research on Burn and his career after his August 19, 1920, vote reveal a man dedicated for decades to expanding the franchise and the rights of women.

Reservations for the programs may be made by emailing the THS at membership@tennesseehistory.org or by calling 615-741-8934.

October 20, 2019
Tea with Harry T. Burn

Enjoy an afternoon "suffrage tea" at 3pm featuring Tyler Boyd, author and great grand-nephew of Harry T. Burn, who will give a book talk about his illustrious relative who cast the final vote that passed the 19th Amendment. Boyd's book, Tennessee Statesman Harry T. Burn: Woman Suffrage, Free Elections and a Life of Service, is now available. This event will take place at 7 Northumberland in Nashville (37215).

November 14, 2019 (launch)
Nashville Sites Woman's Suffrage Walking Tour

Want to walk in the footsteps of the women and men involved in the passage of the 19th Amendment in the summer of 1920? This free self-guided, mobile-friendly walking tour follows the journey of important places and people connected to the fight for suffrage in downtown Nashville. The tour begins at Union Station, where suffragists and Antis stepped off the train and pinned on either a yellow rose (for ratification) or red rose (against ratification). The tour ends at the State Capitol and is just over one mile in total distance. You can read or listen to narrative and there are also images and navigation features. Be advised that tours are best taken with headphones. In addition to Woman's Suffrage, there are 22 thematic tours on Nashville Sites.

November 21, 2019
By One Vote: Woman Suffrage in the South

In August 1920 in Nashville, Tennessee, the 19th Amendment was passed in the Tennessee Legislature, in a turbulent, nail-biting session, by one vote. The result: women in the United States finally had the right to cast a ballot. NPT's original documentary "By One Vote: Woman Suffrage in the South" includes interviews with dozens of experts including nationally recognized Southern suffrage expert Marjorie Spruill and Elaine Weiss, author of The Woman's Hour. Airing November 21, 2019, at 8pm/c on Nashville Public Television.

February 2020
Journey

Intersection will explore the connections between the 19th Amendment and the Civil Rights Movement through the music and story of Florence Price and excerpts from Nkeiru Okoye's opera Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line to Freedom. Florence Price was the first African-American woman to be recognized as a symphonic composer and Harriet Tubman became an activist for women's suffrage in her later years. Throughout the month of February, Intersection will be working with partners such as Fisk University, the Civil Rights Room at the Nashville Public Library, Choral Arts Link, and Douglas Shadle, a Florence Price historian, to present musical performances and discussions. These events will connect with Upon These Shoulders, an annual community arts collaboration and will also kick off Intersection's 2020 initiative LISTEN, a year-long project celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and lifting up the voices of women.

Repertoire:
Florence Price: Spring Journey
Florence Price: Four Negro Folk Songs in Counterpoint
Nkeiru Okoye: Excerpts from Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line to Freedom

Specific dates and locations to be announced.

February 17-20, 2020
72 Steps

Nashville Ballet is excited to partner with TPAC's HOT Season for Young People to present 72 Steps for school audiences during the 2019-2020 season. 72 Steps takes an empowering and celebratory look at the ratification of the 19th Amendment and the vital role Tennessee played in it. Patterson's work transports classrooms and audiences to the early 1900s as camps in favor and opposition of suffrage frantically battle for support in the days leading up to the Tennessee legislature's history-making vote. Depicting a fight that began with the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848 and spanned over 72 years, this ballet transcends time in a rallying call to action designed to create dialogue surrounding the past and modern-day barriers to a unified and equitable society.

March 2020-February 2021
Tennessee Woman Suffrage Centennial Exhibition

In commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the historic vote in the Tennessee legislature that ratified the 19th Amendment, the Tennessee State Museum will present a year-long exhibition to explore and understand why women wanted the right to vote, how they obtained it, and the key roles Tennesseans played in the national movement.

March 2020-March 2021
Women's Suffrage Commemoration at the Parthenon

The Parthenon and Centennial Park were the destination for the years-long struggle and debate for a woman's right to vote. From March 2020 through March 2021 the Parthenon will celebrate this history-changing accomplishment with an exhibit spotlighting the creators of the Woman's Building at the 1897 Centennial Exposition, including a family-friendly 'Dress the Part' area, and links between Athenian democracy and American voting rights. Public programming will include informal programs near Centennial Park's Tennessee Woman Suffrage Monument, a panel discussion of women’s rights from ancient Greece to modern times, and a recreation of the Suffrage walk from the Capitol to the steps of the Parthenon.

Specific event details and times to be announced.

March 17, 2020
The Road to Suffrage

Laura Free, Minoa Uffelman, and Tiffany Moman will speak at this free event sponsored by the Tennessee Woman Suffrage Centennial Collaborative on March 17, 2:30-4:30pm, at Middle Tennessee State University

March 18, 2020
Wikipedia Edit-a-thon: Women of Peabody College

Learn how to edit Wikipedia and improve the representation of women on one of the internet's most popular sites for gathering information. All editing by and about women adds significant content and improves Wikipedia. All are welcome; no editing experience necessary. This event will focus on editing Wikipedia pages about the women of Peabody College. This event will be held 11am-1pm at Peabody Learning Lab 304 at Vanderbilt University.

March 25, 2020
Wikipedia Edit-a-thon: ART + FEMINISM

Join Rebecca Vandiver, Vanderbilt University assistant professor of history of African American art, 11am-2pm at the Fine Arts Gallery at Vanderbilt University, for an editing event to improve the quality of Wikipedia pages that focus on women involved with the arts including artists, curators, critics, conservators, collectors, art historians, and more.

April 2020
Musica Nueve

Intersection presents a program in collaboration with the Global Education Center featuring the music of Cuban composers Tania Leon and Ileana Perez Velazquez. The program will connect with Intersection's 2020 initiative LISTEN, a year-long project celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and lifting up the voices of women. Other works on the program will include the world premiere of a new guitar concerto by Leo Brouwer and Cuban and Latin drumming presented by Global.

Repertoire:
Leo Brouwer: NEW COMMISSION - Guitar Concerto for Guitar and Ensemble
Carlos Barbosa Lima, Guitar
Co-Commission with Global Education Center
Cuban and Latin Drumming
Ileana Perez Valazquez: Epur si muove (but it moves) (1998)
Tania Leon: Indígena (1991)
Tania Leon: sin normas ajenas (1994)

Specific dates and locations to be announced.

April 2020
Annual Grant Competition

In recognition of the centennial of woman suffrage, the Board of Directors prioritizes funding for projects that engage Tennesseans in collective reflection and conversation about the roles of women in Tennessee public life since suffrage; that explore the impact and legacy of their political and civic engagement in Tennessee; or that consider the current and future contexts for women in public life.

April 10, 2020
The Life and Music of Nina Simone with Dara Tucker. A presentation for Women’s Suffrage Project

Nina Simone was a multitalented artist whose music spanned jazz, classical, blues, R&B, gospel, and pop. A gifted musician from an early age, she studied at Juilliard before embarking on a career as a jazz singer. She recorded more than 40 albums between 1958 and 1974. She is most remembered today for her Civil Rights & Women's Rights activism and protest music during the 1960s and 70s, which inspired many and also made her a controversial figure at the time. In her later years her musical output was uneven and her personal life erratic. Nevertheless, Nina Simone remains one of the most brilliant, challenging, and fascinating figures to grace the jazz scene. Dara Tucker is one of the most popular and versatile vocalists on Nashville’s jazz scene. She records extensively, tours nationally and internationally, and somehow has found time to teach Master Classes at the Nashville Jazz Workshop. Dara recently led a Jazz on the Move performance on the Life and Music of Nancy Wilson, and is currently teaching a class on the stylings of that jazz legend.

May 23-October 4, 2020
We Count: First-Time Voters

We Count: First Time Voters, at Frist Art Museum, honors the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing and protecting women's constitutional right to vote by highlighting the history of voting in the United States and the first voting experiences of a diverse group of Nashvillians. Individuals will share their stories with artists, who will create visual representations of their voting experiences. The five artists include Beizar Aradini, Megan Kelley, Jerry Bedor Phillips, Thaxton Waters, and Donna Woodley.

June 2020
A Celebration of Suffrage

Nashville Repertory is proud to present an evening of original works commemorating the historic passage of the 19th Amendment. Featuring song, dance, and spoken word creations by both local and national theatrical artists, this one-night-only special event is a celebration of the trailblazing women who would change the landscape of our country. 

June-August 2020
Summer 2020 Female-Artist Music Series

In celebration of the centennial of women's suffrage, local Nashville women musicians will perform on the first Friday of each summer month, June-August. Appreciate Nashville's treasured female talent in the historic Grand Lobby of The Hermitage Hotel.

August 2020
Continued Work

Intersection wraps up its 2020 initiative LISTEN, a year-long project commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and lifting up the voices of women, with the world premiere performance of a newly commissioned work for instrumental ensemble and contemporary dance. Partnering with New Dialect, this work will explore the lessons we can learn from the passage of the 19th Amendment and how this connects to our life today.

Specific dates and locations to be announced.

August 2020
Songs of Suffrage

Nashville Opera presents Songs of Suffrage, a semi-staged story propelled by music of the suffrage movement, newly arranged for Nashville Opera. An all-local cast will perform songs written both in support of and against the movement, portraying women's struggle for equality. The performance takes place at the Tennessee State Museum.

August 2020
Yellow Rose Gala

Enjoy a spectacular evening in the setting of the Suffragists' headquarters, The Hermitage Hotel. This ticketed, multi-course dinner will feature notable women chefs brought in from across the country to celebrate the centennial of women's suffrage and the passing of the 19th Amendment. Proceeds from this event will benefit an organization actively involved with improving the livelihood of modern-day women.

August 13-20, 2020
Prohibition-Era Themed Pop-Up Bar

In the summer of 1920 from inside the Oak Bar beneath The Hermitage Hotel, Suffragists lobbied the men of Capitol Hill for the right to vote. Although forbidden by prohibition, many legislators and lobbyists winked at the 18th Amendment while fighting for and against the 19th. Travel back in time to the final battleground of Woman Suffrage and honor this unique moment in history for an immersive, pop-up bar experience inside the storied Oak Bar.

September 10-12, 2020
Women's Suffrage Centennial Celebration featuring the Nashville Symphony

Join the Nashville Symphony for this season-opening program commemorating the centennial of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote in national elections. Dedicated to the women and men who worked in support of ratification, this concert features the world premiere of a work co-commissioned by the Nashville Symphony from Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Julia Wolfe. The work is being written for full orchestra and Boston-based women's vocal group, Lorelei Ensemble. This concert will also celebrate the legacy of American composer Florence Price with a performance of her Piano Concerto in One Movement, written in 1934, featuring soloist Karen Walwyn.

Thank You

More than 40 Nashville-area organizations are participating in the 19th Amendment Centennial Commemoration, including:

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