The State Historical Society of Missouri and Missouri Historic Costume and Textile Collection commemorate the centennial anniversary of the 19th Amendment and women’s suffrage with the collaborative exhibition Missouri Women: Suffrage to Statecraft at the SHSMO art gallery.

The exhibit will introduce audiences to clothing, object, and pop culture that help us better understand the history of Missouri women as suffragettes and political leaders.

Displays of clothing and artwork from statewide collections will highlight roles of Missouri women in the national suffrage movement and trailblazing women in Missouri politics. Examples include a 1913 Missouri band uniform from the only all-female marching band in Washington D.C.’s first suffrage parade; Kewpie suffrage artwork by Missouri artist Rose O’Neill; garments worn by the first female judge on Missouri’s Supreme Court and Missouri’s first female U.S. senators; and artwork by Missouri master painter George Caleb Bingham and journalist and illustrator Marguerite Martyn, who wrote about the women’s suffrage movement for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in the early 20th century.

Opening public reception will be held 1:30–3 p.m. March 14. The reception includes performances by costumed actors from MU Theatre’s production Votes for Women.The exhibit runs through July 25, 2020. The opening reception and exhibit are free and open to the public. For more information, visit

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  • Occurred Saturday, March 14th, 2020 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
  • Starting Tuesday, March 17th, 2020, repeats every week on Thursday until Saturday, July 25, 2020 — all day


SHSMO art gallery, Center for Missouri Studies

605 Elm St.
Columbia, MO 65201
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