State museum celebrates Women’s History Month

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Posted 3/12/21

Celebrate Women’s History Month with the North Carolina Museum of History.

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State museum celebrates Women’s History Month

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RALEIGH — Celebrate Women’s History Month with the North Carolina Museum of History. The museum’s exhibits — including the women’s suffrage 100th anniversary exhibit “You Have to Start a Thing”— and the Museum Shop are all open to the public with special hours and protocols. Admission is free.

Last year, 2020, marked the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution. The North Carolina Museum of History exhibit “You Have to Start a Thing” explores how Tar Heel women and men fought for — and against — woman suffrage in the decades leading up to 1920. It also chronicles the ongoing struggle to ensure voting rights for North Carolinians of color and the (slow) entry of women into positions of political power in our state.

Visitors to this in-person exhibition, located on the lobby floor of the museum, can enjoy the chance to experience the suffrage debate by watching life-size videos of actors portraying suffragists and antisuffragists. They can listen to the words and opinions of real people, taken from actual speeches, letters, newspaper articles, and propaganda circulating in North Carolina between the 1890s and 1920.

For information about the NC Museum of History, a Smithsonian Affiliate museum, call 919-814-7000 or access ncmuseumofhistory.org .

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