The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) will unveil its new exhibit, “Women’s Power, Women’s Vote” with a special reception on Tuesday, June 18, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library Building in Austin.
On display through March 2020 in the lobby gallery, this exhibit is timed to coincide with the centenary of Texas’s ratification of the 19th Amendment. Texas ratified the constitutional amendment on June 28, 1919, making it the ninth of the 36 states needed for national approval. This exhibit explores the motivation for and evolution of this struggle and is documented through the personal collections of Texas women and government records. The 19th Amendment officially became law in August of 1920.
The grand opening event will include refreshments, special activities, and selected items on view from our collections, in addition to the main exhibit. We will also host a panel discussion, featuring:
Nancy Baker Jones, PhD (moderator), President, Board of Directors, Ruthe Winegarten Foundation for Texas Women’s History;
Grace Chimene, President, Board of Directors, League of Women Voters of Texas;
Nikki Van Hightower, PhD, former Women’s Advocate for the City of Houston, Harris County Treasurer, city liaison for the 1977 International Women’s Year National Conference, and activist.
Located in Austin, TSLAC offers ongoing exhibits in the lobby of the Lorenzo de Zavala Building at 1201 Brazos Street, Monday through Friday, 8-5 and monthly on Second Saturdays from 9-4. For directions and parking information, see https://www.tsl.texas.gov/visit. Exhibits are free and open to the public.
Space is limited, so please RSVP if you plan to attend.
With thanks to our incredible partners for their support of this event:
Friends of Libraries and Archives of Texas
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