Wednesday, November 11
Doors: 6:45 PM
Showtime: 7:00 PM
Chautauqua@Home - Virtual Program
*This is a FREE virtual event. Join the Zoom link HERE prior to the event to participate*
Long before Ruth Bader Ginsburg blazed a legal path for women’s rights, Chautauqua’s own Theodosia Ammons broke through barriers as president of the Colorado Equal Suffrage Association and the first female dean at Colorado Agricultural College (now Colorado State University).* In 1899, she designed and built Gwenthean Cottage, a model Chautauqua home that preserves Ammons’ innovations for making women’s domestic work easier.
This presentation is being given 127 years after Colorado became the first state to enact women’s suffrage by popular referendum. Theodosia Ammons’ fascinating history illustrates the social issues that affected women’s lives at the beginning of the 20th Century and brings to the forefront Colorado’s pioneering role in the fight for women’s right to vote.
As part of the program, the audience will be treated to the first-ever showing of a virtual tour of Gwenthean Cottage led by Ammons’ great niece, Boulder native and owner of Long’s Gardens, Catherine Long Gates. Afterward, Catherine will join the presenter, Sarah Bell, to answer audience questions.
About the Author
Lecturer Sarah Bell received her PhD in History from the University of Kansas. Her research interests include the intersection of the Chautauqua Movement and women’s political activism at the turn of the 20th Century.