Chances are you’ve heard the buzz about the Centennial Celebrations of the ratification of the 19th Amendment going on all around the country.
Culminating a 72 year struggle, this amendment finally secured for women the right to vote in 1920.
But did you know Cashiers is also celebrating the event in a big way?
Community events are being held throughout the season, beginning with local school activities – a poster contest, an essay contest, and a research paper competition with the prize being a three day all-expense paid trip to Washington DC to visit historic sites important to the suffrage movement.
The Cashiers Historical Society is sponsoring a full calendar of events, including a two day Symposium in June, a lecture series, and an historic exhibit at the Zachary-Tolbert historic site.
The Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library will host several films throughout the summer, beginning with Meryl Streep’s award-winning “Suffragette.”
July highlights include a lunch at The Country Club of Sapphire Valley featuring a performance by dramatic historian Leslie Goddard as suffrage leader Alice Paul.
Later in July fashion historian Cornelia Powell will speak on “How Women Use Fashion to Reshape History and Win the Right to Vote” at the Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library, followed by afternoon tea and discussion.
Capping off the summer’s activities will be a Grand Celebration at The Village Green on August 22.
In addition to numerous family activities and a Suffrage Stroll, Western Carolina University’s Theater Department will bring to town Roadworks, featuring students from the School of Fine and Performing Arts.
by Ann Mckee Austin