WSU and Union Station Collaborate to Open ‘Beyond Suffrage’

OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University Stewart Library, in partnership with the Museums at Union Station, will open their new exhibit, “Beyond Suffrage: a Century of Northern Utah Women Making History,” on Aug. 22 at Ogden Union Station.

The exhibit, delayed in response to COVID-19, will run through September. A virtual lecture series and other online events will also mark the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which afforded women the right to vote.

“This exhibit has been two years in the making,” said Sarah Langsdon, Stewart Library Special Collections curator. “It was such a disappointment when we had to delay the exhibit opening earlier this year, but we’re so excited now that we’ll be able to share the stories of some truly incredible women.”

 Staff from Special Collections and University Archives worked with Union Station museum staff to research the history of women’s suffrage in Northern Utah, to collect over 75 oral history interviews, and to curate Beyond Suffrage. The exhibit highlights Northern Utah women who have influenced our communities for over 100 years and explores the meaning of citizenship through the lenses of race and gender.

Local and national historians will present a series of online lectures and hold live Q&A sessions on Zoom. Speakers include Deirdre Cooper Owns, Katherine Kitterman, and Laurel Thatcher Ulrich. A children’s story time and other family programming will also be available.

“We’ve organized a wide range of events and activities for all ages,” said Holly Andrew, museum and education curator at the Union Station. “There’s something for everyone to connect to and engage with the history of their communities.”

Thanks to the sponsors, Weber County RAMP, Utah Humanities Council, Lawrence T. and Janet T. Dee Foundation, Richard K. and Shirley S. Hemingway Foundation, Friends of the Stewart Library and Suzanne Lindquist, the Beyond Suffrage events and exhibits are available to the public free of charge.

Ticketed admission may be required for other museums and exhibits at the Union Station. Visitors can view the exhibit during Union Station’s regular hours, Thursday – Saturday, noon – 4 p.m. Special hours are available for senior 60 plus, disabled and immunocompromised members of the community on Wednesdays, noon – 4 p.m.

For more information about the exhibit and the lecture series, please visit beyondsuffrage.org. Details about how to register for the lectures, video clips and other educational materials are all available on the website.

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Contact:

Sarah Langsdon, Special Collections curator
801-626-6337 • slangsdon@weber.edu

Jamie Weeks, University Archives & Digital Collection curator
801-626-6486 • jweeks@weber.edu

Holly Andrew, Union Station museum and education curator
801-629-8672 • hollya@ogdencity.com

 

Author:

Melissa Johnson, Special Collections coordinator
801-626-7235 • melissajohnson@weber.edu