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September 19th Schedule of Events

Delaware's 22nd Annual Chautauqua - Women's Work: Campaigning for Social Change Banner

New Castle Courthouse Museum Facebook livestream and Zoom
Saturday, September 19th

All programs are free and open to the first 100 registrants.

Daughters of Freedom—1:00 pm 

A New Castle women’s vocal ensemble performing songs of suffrage and prohibition. The ensemble is directed by Kathleen Shannon, Professor of Choral Music, Temple University and Chorus Master, York Symphony Chorus.

Pass the Rum: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition in Delaware—2:15pm

Delaware Humanities speaker, historian and writer, Mike Dixon, will present a lively picture of Delaware during the prohibition period and relate stories of rum runners and bathtub gin, organized crime vs outgunned lawmen, and women creating change with the Temperance Movement.

This program is partially funded by a grant from the  Delaware Humanities a state program of the  National Endowment for the Humanities.

Celebrating 100 Years: Revisiting the Women’s Suffrage Movement with 2020 Hindsight—3:30pm

Through Lora Englehart’s program you will meet some of the determined women, both on the national level and in Delaware who lobbied for and those against women’s right to vote.

This program is partially funded by a grant from the  Delaware Humanities a state program of the  National Endowment for the Humanities.

Delaware League of Women Voters—4:45pm

This nonpartisan political organization encourages informed and active participation in government to give a voice to all American through education, advocacy and empowering voters.

“Carrie Chapman Catt”—6:00pm

The League of Women Voters!
Presented by Pat Jordan

In 2020, Americans will celebrate the Centennial of American women achieving one of the primary rights of citizenship in our democracy—the right to vote.  

It took 72 years from the first Women’s Rights gathering in Seneca Falls, NY to the day the 19th Amendment was adopted on August 26, 1920, and the Woman Suffrage effort was one of the most intense and difficult campaigns in our history.  Women and men worked day and night to convince our legislators that every citizen–regardless of gender–deserved the right to vote, and one of the most important individuals in finally making it a reality was Carrie Chapman Catt, suffragist leader, secret ‘Winning Plan’ strategist, and founder of the League of Women Voters.

Carrie was the women’s rights dynamo who succeeded Susan B. Anthony as head of the National American Woman Suffrage Association.  She was featured on the cover of Time, inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame, received the American Hebrew Medal, and in 2016 had a statue dedicated to her and other suffragists in Nashville, TN, the state where the final vote was cast for the 19th Amendment. Carrie Chapman Catt’s life and the story of woman suffrage is an amazing and dramatic odyssey that is important, engaging and relevant today.

Image of Carrie Chapman Catt

Pat Jordan of the American Historical Theatre brings her story to you, beginning with the Iowa farm girl who stood up for justice to the 40-year veteran of Woman Suffrage who became one of the most well-known women in our country in the first half of the 20th Century.  Whether you are a Baby Boomer, Gen X, Millennial, Gen Y or Gen Z, this woman and the millions like her gave you a voice in our democracy!  

Today, Carrie Chapman Catt’s crowning achievement remains with us in the League of Women Voters, which she founded to help women gain political knowledge and get information needed to be informed voters, free of religious or racial bias, and achieved through non-partisan political education and leadership. 

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