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University Place Celebrates the History of Women’s Suffrage in Indiana

February 7, 2020 - University Place

History of Women’s Suffrage in Indiana

West Lafayette, IN –February 6, 2020 –University Place in West Lafayette, part of the Franciscan Communities, is hosting an educational presentation about women’s suffrage in Indiana on Wednesday, March 11, from 2:30 pm-3:30 pm, in their University Place Education and Great Room located at 1700 Lindberg Road.

This year is the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote, and historical reenactor Marsha Miller will be presenting information about women’s suffrage in Indian. She will honor the passage of the 19th Amendment by sharing the stories about:

Helen Gougar – A Lafayette native who was both a publisher and lawyer
Amanda Way – Often referred to as “the mother of Indiana suffrage”
Zerelda Wallace – A founder of Indiana’s Equal Suffrage Society
May Wright Sewall – An educator and civic organizer
Ida Husted Harper – A journalist, close friend, and biographer of Susan B. Anthony

Guest speaker Marsha Miller has taught more than 4,800 information literacy sessions at Indiana State University. She has a history degree from Central Michigan University and library sciences degree from the University of Michigan.

Marsha is also a member of the League of Women Voters of Vigo County, has served on the steering committee for the annual celebration of Women’s Equality Day, and created biographical badges of suffragists and collected their songs. She currently serves as the Indiana President of the American Association of University Women.

All attendees will receive a Hoosier suffragist badge! Seating is limited and light refreshments will be served. Please make your reservation before March 6 to 765-464-5611 or

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Franciscan Communities is a subsidiary of Franciscan Ministries and is sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago. They provide quality senior living and compassionate healthcare services including independent living, assisted living, memory support, skilled nursing, rehabilitation services and more. Franciscan Communities are located in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio.

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