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Opening Reception: (Anti)SUFFRAGE

Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Registration is required
Free and open to the public

Opening Reception: (Anti)SUFFRAGE

with Polly Thayer Starr Fellow of American Art and Culture Theo Tyson

Join us for the opening reception of the (Anti)SUFFRAGE installation on the First Floor in the Henry Long Room while enjoying a reception with wine, beer, bubbly and scrumptious nosh! (Anti)SUFFRAGE presents thirteen rare books, broadsides, paintings, photographs, and other items from the Boston Athenӕum’s special collections that look at how the suffrage movement contributed to redesigning women’s roles and responsibilities in society from varied perspectives as they vied for equality. It also presents the complexities of the struggle to secure and protect voting rights for women and people of color in the past and today. Curator and Polly Thayer Starr Fellow in American Art and Culture Theo Tyson will offer curatorial remarks at 6:30pm.
 

This event is part of “(Anti) Suffrage,” a series of programming  commemorating the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment. The amendment stated that the right of citizens to vote “shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” There was, however, no amendment to address or eliminate the pervasive racism and misogyny that permeated politics and society in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Join us as we probe the complexities of the struggle to secure and protect voting rights for women and people of color in the past and today.

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Most programs held in the Bayard Henry Long Room on the Athenaeum's first floor are amplified and assistive listening devices are available for patron use.

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To request ASL interpretation services for any of the Athenaeum's programs, please contact Hannah Weisman at 617-720-7617 or weisman@bostonathenaeum.org.