SUFFRAGE HISTORY, PIECE BY PIECE – STORYTELLING WITH COLLAGE
You’re invited to get a look at recent collages created by the Northwest Collage Society to celebrate the suffrage centennial. Then use that inspiration to make your own suffrage history collage with images from the Historical Society’s collection!
Showing alongside the Votes for Women: 100 Years and Counting exhibit at the Washington State Historical Society this year, is this juried show of suffrage-themed works from the Northwest Collage Society.
You can view the full show and learn more about NW Collage Society at their website.
We invite you (yes YOU!) to get creative and utilize the inspiration and resources collected to create your own suffrage-themed collage for our online community gallery.
To submit your collage work, click the circle or email a photo of your work to Suffrage Centennial Coordinator, Elisa Law at firstname.lastname@example.org. By submitting, you are granting permission for us to share your work here.
MAKE YOUR OWN SUFFRAGE SPECIAL TRAIN COLLAGE
Hey there! Elisa Law here, your friendly Suffrage Centennial Coordinator! I was so inspired by the collage works of the Northwest Collage Society, I decided to do one of my own based on one of my favorite moments of the movement - the Suffrage Special train!
I've assembled some helpful imagery from the Washington State Historical Society collection to get you started! Just click on any of the photos below to be taken to our Collections page where you can save the image to your computer, print it out and use it in your collage!
To read more about the Suffrage Special here is a great article from our friends at HistoryLink.org <3
WHY WAS THE SPECIAL SPECIAL?
In 1909, our local suffragists pulled out all the stops to get the vote in Washington. From penny posters to cookbooks, from summiting mountains to staging public performances, suffragists like Emma Smith DeVoe and May Arkwright Hutton made sure that the issue of suffrage was at the forefront of Washington minds. The most notable publicity campaign that year though was the Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition, which was to be a major World’s Fair with over 4 million in attendance.
That year, both the Washington Equal Suffrage Association and the National Women’s Suffrage Association planned to hold their annual conferences in Seattle in the weeks leading up to the A-Y-P Exposition. There were so many suffragists of note pouring into Washington in 1909 in fact, that they needed their own train.
They called it the Suffrage Special and as it carried suffrage leaders westward across the state towards Seattle, eager crowds gathered at the major “whistle stops” along the train’s route to hear the famous orators speak and to shower them with gifts. By the time the Suffrage Special had traveled through Spokane, Yakima and Ellensburg it was covered in yellow ribbons (the official color of the suffrage movement) and laden with baskets upon baskets of fruit and flowers.
Image Sources Clockwise from Upper Left:
NAWSA Convention Brochure (Library of Congress), A-Y-P Ephemera (WSHS)
'Oh The Women' Newspaper Illustrations (Seattle Times)