Tuesday, March 31, 2020


Abigail Scott Duniway & the Oregon Suffrage Movement

5 pm doors, 6:30 pm event

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Abigail Scott Duniway & the Oregon Suffrage Movement

Abigail Scott Duniway & the Oregon Suffrage Movement

Presented by Marge Harding, living history presenter

In a Living History presentation, “Abigail Scott Duniway” shares her history as a suffragist, journalist, and national leader, emphasizing how her pioneer heritage encouraged her self-definition and remarkable career. “She” vividly recounts the Scott family’s hazardous migration from Illinois to Oregon, the difficulties encountered in settling a frontier area, her tumultuous marriage, and how repeated pregnancies influenced her emerging feminism.

Duniway’s 42-year suffrage campaign was an uphill struggle with urban culture, political corruption, cutthroat capitalism, and temperance suffragists opposing and harassing her. But in 1912, when Oregon approved votes for women, the indomitable Mrs. Duniway deserved much of the credit. She was a woman whose accomplishments make her an individual who would not and should not be forgotten.

About the Speaker:

Marge Harding, after retiring from Home Economics teaching, is a regular speaker and living history presenter on various subjects concerning women. She performs first person at conferences, workshops, and seminars as well as historic reenactments with representations of several historic women figures. This includes Mary Todd Lincoln, Abigail Scott Duniway (1st Lady of Oregon’s Women Suffrage), and Women of the Oregon Trail and early Oregon. She and her husband Rolla live in Oregon City, Oregon (“The End of the Oregon Trail”), and are involved with museums and active in heritage tourism events and activities.

Wilsonville Old Church History Pub

Wilsonville Old Church History Pub

These monthly, free events are open to everyone interested in Oregon and Pacific Northwest history. Co-sponsored by like-minded historical and civic organizations, we bring you experts, scholars, first-person experiencers and historians who expound on topics from Lewis and Clark to shipwrecks, hop growing to women pioneers and far, far beyond. It's like being back in the classroom - except this time you get to settle into comfortable seats and enjoy a drink or two with dinner while you listen and learn.

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