The 100th Anniversay of
Right to Vote in Nevada
Nevada women will celebrate the Nevada Suffrage Centennial beginning on October 31, 2013 and continuing throughout 2014. Women’s right to vote was a long process beginning in 1869 when the Nevada State Legislature approved a constitutional amendment allowing women the vote. The 1871 legislature failed to ratify the amendment as did the subsequent 12 legislatures. For the next 40 years, women were as politically active as they could be by lobbying their male representatives and in some instances running for various school boards. In 1911, Nevada native Anne Martin, home from recent suffrage activities in Great Britain and Bird Wilson, a lawyer practicing in Goldfield spearheaded the campaign to get Nevada women the vote. Their dedication and hard work paid off when the 1914 legislature ratified the amendment and the voters approved that amendment in a general vote on November 3, 1914. Women voted in Nevada for the very first time in 1915.
Text of the Proclamation
The First Ladies of Nevada, 1959-1999.
Dinner event at the Gold Hill Hotel
On October 15, 2013, The Gold Hill Hotel lecture series featured a video, raffle and a question/answer presentation on seven of the First Ladies who lived in the Governor’s Mansion between 1959 and 1999. You’ll hear from Bette Sawyer, Jackalyn Laxalt, Carolyn O’Callaghan, Kathy List, Bonnie Bryan, Sandy Miller and Dema Guinn. Personal philosophies will be explored as well as each First Lady’s impact on Nevada history. Participants heard of the struggles, challenges and achievements each woman faced during their time in the “big white house” at the top of the hill in Carson City. Patti Bernard introduced the video and at the conclusion of the video she gave a brief history of the two First Ladies, Dawn Gibbons and our current First Lady Kathy Sandoval, who followed Dema Guinn the last First Lady interviewed for the video. Patti coordinates the First Ladies biographies on the NWHP website.
The movie was 35 minutes in length. This was a fun night and we were so happy to see many faces of NWHP members and other interested individuals.
Nevada 2014 Suffrage Slogan
As a part of the 2013-2014 Nevada Suffrage Centennial the NWHP will be including a component to bring suffrage into the 21st Century. In order to honor the hard work and sacrifice from 100 years ago we would like a slogan similar to:
Register to Vote and Run for Office
Please submit your ideas for a slogan to email@example.com. The winner will receive a free copy of the It Can Be Done publication about the Sarah Winnemucca statue.
Farewell to NWHP Member
Carrie Townley Porter
Long-time very active NWHP member, Carrie Townley Porter has moved to Southern California. She will be greatly missed. Carrie was the Archivist for the NWHP.
If you would like to be the Archivist for the NWHP, please send an email to Mona Reno, firstname.lastname@example.org.
NWHP membership year runs
January through December of each year
The NWHP Operations Guide allows for one complimentary newsletter for those who have not yet paid their dues by March 31st. Many of you have already paid, so please double check before sending in a second payment. We greatly appreciate the support our members have shown over the years. We hope that we continue to earn your continued support over the coming years.
Grace Davis, Membership
2013-2014 NWHP Programs
Program Committee members:
- Co-Chairmen: Lisa-Marie Lightfoot & Marcia Cuccaro
- Patti Bernard
- Linda Wyckoff
We will develop bi-monthly programs for the coming year. Programs could include tours of local history venues, luncheon or dinner, or wine and conversation.
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