July 3, 2019 (REVISED July 5, 2019) Summer Programs to Feature Music, Film, Community Day and Gallery Talks with Library's Exhibition "Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote"

Programs Explore History of Women’s Suffrage with Centennial Exhibition

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The new exhibition "Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote" is on view through September 2020.

Music and theatrical performances, an outdoor film screening, tours and gallery talks this summer will accompany the new exhibition “Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight For the Vote” at the Library of Congress, along with a full day of family activities during a Community Day on July 13 and a featured author at the National Book Festival on August 31.

The exhibition “Shall Not Be Denied” tells the story of the largest reform movement in American history with documents, photographs and scrapbooks from a diverse group of women who changed political history 100 years ago. Many suffragists donated their personal collections to the national library so that their stories would be remembered. The exhibition is part of the national commemoration of the centennial of the 19th Amendment in 2019 and 2020.

Women Fight for the Vote Community Day on July 13 will honor the long campaign for women’s suffrage, harkening back to the gathering of 300 women and men at Seneca Falls, New York, in July 1848, often considered the start of the movement. The daylong series of programs and activities will include performances, family activities and transcription activity to make historic documents more searchable online.

All events are free and will take place in the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, located at 10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C. Follow the conversation on Twitter and Instagram @LibraryCongress, @Events_ LOC and with the hashtag #ShallNotBeDenied.

The Library’s “Shall Not Be Denied” summer programs will include these events:


These 30-minute talks by Library specialists take place at the entrance to the exhibition gallery, second floor, Thomas Jefferson Building.

Suffragists and Suffragettes: The Transatlantic Women’s Rights Movement
Wednesday, July 17, noon
“Shall Not Be Denied” exhibition curator Janice E. Ruth will trace the transatlantic nature of the movement for women’s suffrage, examining the influences and continuities between the fight for women’s rights in the United States and in Great Britain.



Summer Films on the Lawn: “Mary Poppins”
July 11 at dusk
Location: North Lawn, Thomas Jefferson Building
The Library’s third annual series of outdoor films featuring highlights from the National Film Registry will kick off with the 1964 version of “Mary Poppins” in honor of the opening of “Shall Not Be Denied.” Tickets: https://marypoppinsloc.eventbrite.com



Women Fight for the Vote Community Day
Saturday, July 13, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
In July 1848, 300 women and men were gathered in Seneca Falls, New York, at a convention that is now considered the start of the movement for women’s suffrage. This July, join the Library of Congress in honoring the movement and considering its connections to today with activities for all ages. The program is presented in connection with the exhibition Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote. Tickets are available via Eventbrite, but are not required: https://lc-voting-day.eventbrite.com

Exhibition Tours
10 a.m., Noon and 2 p.m.
Location: Exhibition entrance, Second Floor
Explore the changing nature of the suffrage movement over its 70-year history, from conventions to a state-by-state strategy to confrontational tactics and a federal amendment, in this docent-led tour. The 10 a.m. tour will be geared for families with children 12 and under.

Performance – Mary Church Terrell
10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Location: Whittall Pavilion, Ground Floor
Hear the story of Washington, D.C. native and suffragist Mary Church Terrell in this theatrical performance, presented by Women in History.

Performance – Susan B. Anthony
11:30 a.m. – Noon
Location: Whittall Pavilion, Ground Floor
On Capitol Hill where Susan B. Anthony once lobbied Congress, hear her story told through this powerful one-woman show, presented by the American Historical Theatre.

Gallery Talk – Mothers and Daughters in the Movement
1 – 1:30 p.m.
Location: Shall Not Be Denied exhibition, Second Floor
Exhibition curator Elizabeth Novara will discuss the multigenerational nature of the suffrage movement, including the activism of suffrage leaders Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucy Stone and that of their daughters, Harriet Stanton Blatch and Alice Stone Blackwell.

Film Screening: "Wonder Woman" (2017)
2 — 4:30 p.m.
Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Ground Floor
Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny. Starring Gal Gadot, this 2017 film is based on the Wonder Woman comics created in 1941 by feminist William Moulton Marston, who was inspired by suffragists and the suffrage movement.

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10 a.m. – Noon
Location: Mezzanine, Second Floor
Examine communications messages in the suffrage movement through postcards, stereograph cards and sheet music from the Library’s collection and through replica objects in this hands-on activity.

Button Making
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: Young Readers Center, Ground Floor, LJ-G29
Explore picture books that tell the story of key figures from the suffrage movement and stories of women and girls who have changed the world, then make a button on an issue you care about based on items in the exhibition.

Transcription Cafe, Mary Church Terrell Papers
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: Mezzanine, Second Floor
Learn about a hometown hero as you help make her legacy discoverable by generations to come. Gain skills in reading and transcribing historic materials as we work together to make the legacy of Mary Church Terrell, a civil rights and women’s rights pioneer, discoverable for generations to come. By the People, the Library's crowdsourced transcription project, invites you to explore, transcribe and tag digitized Library collections to make them more searchable and accessible online.

League of Women Voters
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: Great Hall, First Floor
The League of Women Voters was founded by Carrie Chapman Catt in 1920, to encourage newly enfranchised women to use their new power to help shape policy. The League today encourages informed and active participation in government. Learn about the League’s work, how to get involved in elections and voting rights issues and even register to vote.



Author Elaine Weiss
Saturday, Aug. 31
Location: Walter E Washington Convention Center

Journalist and writer Elaine Weiss will discuss her new book “The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote,” exploring the fight for women’s suffrage. Time to be announced.



Creating 19: The Musical
Saturday, September 14, 2 pm
Location: LJ-119, First Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building

Jennifer Schwed, writer and director of "19: The Musical," will discuss her research and creative process for developing the performance. "19" is the dynamic and little-known story of Alice Paul, the suffragists and their fight to get women the right to vote— the 19th Amendment. The inspirational story of these fearless women is brought to life through jazz, spoken word, dance and audience interaction. The conversation, led by Colleen Shogan, assistant deputy librarian in the Library Collections and Services Group, will include performances of key songs from the show. Tickets are available via Eventbrite, but are not required.



Public Tours: Shall Not Be Denied
Fridays and Saturdays at 1 p.m. beginning June 21
Participants will explore the changing nature of the suffrage movement over its 72-year history, from conventions to a state-by-state strategy to confrontational tactics and a federal amendment to the U.S. Constitution. These docent-led tours will begin from the exhibition entrance.

“Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote” is made possible by the Library of Congress James Madison Council, with additional support from 1st Financial Bank USA, Democracy Fund, Thomas V. Girardi, AARP, the Barbara Lee Family Foundation Fund at the Boston Foundation, HISTORY® and Roger and Julie Baskes.

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PR 19-072
ISSN 0731-3527