CHEYENNE – Today is a special day for Wyoming. Although people have long debated the details of how and why the Equality State got its name, there is no denying the basic facts: On Dec. 10, 1869, Gov. John Campbell signed a bill granting full suffrage – and the right to hold public office – to Wyoming women.
There are many ways to celebrate the 150th anniversary of this momentous day in the Capital City, so we’ve compiled a list of the main events taking place today in Cheyenne.
Women’s Suffrage Traveling Exhibit – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Take a peek at the Wyoming State Museum’s newest traveling exhibit, “Suffrage in Wyoming.” Wyoming State Museum, 2301 Central Ave.
Women’s Suffrage Anniversary March – 8 a.m. The march will begin at West 17th Street and Carey Avenue and will end at the Wyoming State Capitol.
Official Wyoming Women’s Suffrage Day Ceremony – 9 to 10 a.m. Join Gov. Mark Gordon as he proclaims Dec. 10 as Wyoming Women’s Suffrage Day. Wyoming State Capitol, 200 W. 24th St.
Tour Wyoming State Capitol and the Historic Territorial Chamber – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Further educate yourself about the history of Wyoming women’s suffrage through special tours of the newly restored state Capitol. Tours will also include the unveiling of the Historic Territorial Chamber, where women’s suffrage was enshrined in the state’s constitution in 1889. Wyoming State Capitol, 200 W. 24th St.
Women’s Suffrage Bill Ceremony by the Daughters of the American Revolution – 11 a.m. In 1917, a plaque was placed on 17th Street to commemorate where the resolution allowing women the right to vote was passed. After 102 years of wear-and-tear damage, the plaque was sent to Pennsylvania to be restored, and it’s now on display again. Cheyenne Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution is celebrating women’s suffrage at the plaque at Carey Avenue and West 17th Street downtown.
“Wonderful Wyoming Women Voters” Performance – Noon. This play, performed by five members of the Cheyenne League of Women Voters, revolves around Wyoming women who were critical in the passing of this historical legislation. Appropriate for all ages. Wyoming State Capitol, 200 W. 24th St.
Four Sisters: Truth, Justice, Courage and Hope – 1 p.m. For 133 years, the four niches above the rotunda of the Wyoming State Capitol building were empty. Denver-based sculptor Delissalde was commissioned to create four allegorical sculptures to fill the niches, and in July, “The Four Sisters” – Truth, Justice, Courage and Hope – were installed. Come hear the artist talk about his bronze works. Wyoming State Capitol, 200 W. 24th St.
Working Toward Suffrage: A Conversation on Wyoming’s Contribution – 2 p.m. Experts in Western suffrage history, Mike Massie (teacher and former legislator) and Renee Laegreid (professor of history at the University of Wyoming), will give a talk about the events leading up Dec. 10, 1869. Wyoming State Capitol, 200 W. 24th St.
WyomingPBS Premiere of “The State of Equality: Wyoming Women Get the Vote” – 7-8:30 p.m. WyomingPBS will host this free public film screening of its suffrage documentary, which will be preceded by the University of Wyoming Bel Canto Women’s Choir singing the program theme song “Circle of Light.” Cheyenne Civic Center, 510 W. 20th St. RSVP required to 307-637-6363.
All events are free and open to the public.