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Heritage Center Plans Summer Speaker Series

Program on 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage slated June 18

By Submitted Report
The Tube City Almanac
May 28, 2020
Posted in: Announcements

Judith Sutton presents a history lesson to a group of young visitors at the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh’s Strip District. (Photo courtesy Sen. John Heinz History Center)

McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center will kick off its summer speaker series with a discussion of how women fought — and won — the right to vote in 1920.

Judith Sutton will present “Suffrage: The Road to the Vote for American Women” at 7 p.m. June 18. The event will be free and Sutton’s presentation also will be streamed live on Facebook, and available on Zoom.

Advance registration is required and will open during the first week of June, a spokesperson said.

Sutton’s presentation, done in partnership with the Sen. John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh, reviews the history of women's suffrage in the United States and the women who organized and promoted the suffrage movement in Pittsburgh.

The event was originally scheduled for March but was rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a spokeswoman said.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guaranteed the right to vote to women. Pennsylvania was the seventh state to ratify the amendment, in June 1919.

Sutton worked as a children's librarian for more than 30 years. A graduate of Duquesne University, she earned her master’s of library science degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

Following her retirement, she became a docent and ambassador for the Heinz History Center and the Historical Society of Mt. Lebanon. In that role, she has logged more than 1,600 volunteer hours for the Heinz center, presenting historical events to people of all ages.

Over the past few years, Sutton has become one of the Heinz center’s experts on women’s history and she was a member of the research committee as well as a narrator of “Steel City Grooves: Celebrating Jazz in Western Pennsylvania.”

For more information about the McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center’s Summer Speaker Series, visit the website at mckeesportheritage.org.

Originally published May 28, 2020.

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