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Date:
March 26, 2020
Time:
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Time Details:
about an hour
Location:
Visitors Center Auditorium
Address:
200 SE Fourth Street
Abilene, KS 67410
Cost:
Free
Photo of participants at the Ottawa Chautauqua 1886,  courtesy of Kansas Historical Society
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EVENT CANCELLED: Lunch & Learn: "Politics on the Platform: Woman Suffrage at the Chautauqua" with Sarah Bell

Thursday, March 26, 2020

This event has been CANCELLED. Notice: Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Effective Friday, March 13 at 5 p.m. CDT, the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum is closed to the public until further notice. For more information, go to https://www.archives.gov/coronavirus. Chautauqua was a movement that focused on moral education and self-improvement through programs on reform, religion, and culture, providing a space for women to discuss important issues of the day. By the 1890s, women had succeeded in making it a space that promoted woman suffrage. The Ottawa, Kansas, Chautauqua was one of these significant spaces that supported discussions of women's rights. This presentation will examine how women used the Chautauqua platform to engage in political activism, particularly suffrage and temperance, and how this early movement laid the groundwork for contemporary issues of feminism and gender equality.