Celebrate the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage at Burien Community Center


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The Highline Historical Society and Burien Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services will be displaying an exhibit on the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage at the Burien Community Center from mid-November through the end of January 2014.

The Burien Community Center is open Monday-Thursday 8:30am-8pm, Friday 8:30am-5pm, and Saturday 8am-Noon.

For more information please call 206-988-3700.

Here’s more info:

For the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage in Washington State in 2010, the Washington State Heritage Center produced a panel exhibit that highlighted the first women elected to major public offices following the granting of the vote to women in Washington in 1910. This successful exhibit was on display in the Office of the Secretary of State from January, 2010 through March, 2011. The exhibit was paid for with private funds raised specifically for this purpose.

The exhibit, Moving Forward, Looking Back: Washington’s First Women in Government, will be available January, 2014 to travel to museums and civic locations in the state.

The exhibit consists of 14 panels, 78” tall by 36” wide printed on 1⁄2” gator foam board. While in the Secretary of State’s office, the panels were mounted with Velcro strips on the lobby walls (see Lobby pics above.) There is also a free standing introductory panel (30” x 78”). The panels can also be displayed on custom made stands that allow two panels to be arranged back to back (see example 1 and 2 above.) With the stands the exhibit on the floor would extend about 25’ in a straight line, but could be displayed in whatever manner fits your space.

The panels feature the following women, each of whom was the first woman to hold the office indicated on the panel. The panels consist of a large photo at the top (see attached photos), some information about the women and a quote. PDFs of each panel are available by request.

  • Frances Axtell, First State Representative, 1913-1915
  • Nena Jolidan Croake, First State Representative, 1913-1915
  • Josephine Preston, First Superintendent of Public Instruction, 1913-1929
  • Reba Hurn, First State Senator, 1923-1931
  • Bertha Knight Landes, First Mayor of a major U.S. City (Seattle), 1926-1928
  • Belle Reeves, First Secretary of State, 1938-1948
  • Catherine May Bedell, First U.S. Representative, 1959-1971
  • Dixy Lee Ray, First Governor, 1977-1981
  • Jeannette Hayner, First Senate Majority Leader, 1979-1992
  • Carolyn Dimmick, First Supreme Court Justice, 1981-1985
  • Jennifer Belcher, First Public Lands Commissioner, 1993-2001
  • Deborah Senn, First Insurance Commissioner, 1993-2001
  • Christine Gregoire, First Attorney General, 1993-2005
  • Patty Murray, First U.S. Senator, 1993-Present

We also have a limited supply of bookmarks for most of the women that we can make available as takeaways from the exhibit.

There is no cost to rent the exhibit. You will need to pay for or provide transportation of the exhibit from Olympia to your venue and back. You will also need to provide a certificate of insurance for the value of the exhibit. Typically the exhibit will be available for 12 weeks at a time, but that is negotiable.

If you are interested in this exhibit, please contact Laura Mott, laura.mott@sos.wa.gov, 360-902-4171.

Note: The Washington State Heritage Center is a project of the Office of the Secretary of State. Part of our mission is to engage, educate and inspire citizens to make a difference through compelling stories of leaders from all walks of life and throughout our State’s history.

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