I was on the road last week presenting my talk on Woman Suffrage to two audiences in South Dakota. On Tuesday, I spoke in Yankton at the recently renovated Mead Building, home of the Mead Cultural Education Center. I was pleased to see some of my husband’s relatives in the audience: his Dad’s brother and his Mom’s sister. The next day my husband and I met Molly Rozum for lunch. She is a history professor at the University of South Dakota, and one of the co-editors of the book Equality at the Ballot Box, Votes for women on the Northern Great Plains. I am one of the contributors to that book.
On Thursday, I spoke at the Brookings Public Library. That event was attended by a childhood friend, Mary Askren – who is also a reporter for the Madison Daily Leader. Also in the audience were two South Dakota State University history professors that I know, Professor Emeritus John Miller and Professor Chuck Vollan, as well as one (if not more) university student working on a paper about suffrage and diversity. The Brookings audience asked some very insightful questions!
Next stop on my speaking tour: Pierre, South Dakota, on November 5. Let me know if your organization is interested. I have prepared talks about the fight for woman suffrage in both South Dakota and Wisconsin.