From the Picket to the Ticket: The National Park Service Tackles the Complexity of Woman Suffrage

Solicited by the OAH Committee on National Park Service Collaboration and the Society for History in the Federal Government

Thursday, April 2, 2020, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Type: Panel Discussion

Tags: National Park Service; Public History and Memory; Women's History


Using the 19th Amendment as a springboard, the National Park Service (NPS) is exploring the inequalities that spurred public action to advocate for women’s access to the vote and the inequalities that persisted afterward. Using sites across the country where this history took place, the NPS connects the decades of grassroots organizing for women’s right to vote through Reconstruction to the successes of the civil rights movement in the 1960s. Panelists will share their work in telling this complex story across the National Park Service, from national digital media to the on-the-ground, face-to-face interpretation with the public.

Session Participants

Chair and Panelist: Megan Elizabeth Springate, National Park Service

Panelist: Katherine Crawford Lackey, Middle Tennessee State University

Panelist: Andrea DeKoter, Richmond National Battlefield Park and Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site

Panelist: Stephanie Freese, Women’s Rights National Historical Park

Panelist: Susan Philpott, Belmont Paul Women's Equality National Monument