For everyone that wishes to enjoy a wide range of Community Events, Skagway has it all. Throughout the year our small community (population 1036 in 2014 census estimate) puts on a host of events with the help of many Skagway volunteers!
AK Suffrage Star Exhibit
November 2 - November 30Free
The traveling exhibit Alaska’s Suffrage Star
The exhibit shares the history of women’s suffrage in Alaska, explaining how local and national activism helped Alaska women citizens achieve the vote in 1913.
That year, the first bill ever passed by the Alaska Territorial Legislature granted voting rights to women citizens. Only in 1924 did all Alaska Native women become eligible voters, because it was only then that the federal government granted US citizenship to Native Americans.
The exhibit features reproductions of historic photographs, illustrations, and political cartoons. It highlights Alaska women voting rights activists from the 1910s and 1920s, including:
– Nellie Cashman, entrepreneur, miner, and the first woman to vote in a territorial election in Alaska
– Cornelia Hatcher, temperance leader who led the successful effort to enact Prohibition in Alaska
– Lena Morrow Lewis, socialist organizer and the first Alaska woman to run for federal office in 1916
– Tillie Paul, Tlingit educator and tribal historian who was arrested for assisting a Tlingit man to vote
The Alaska State Museum produced the exhibit to commemorate the centennial of the 19th Amendment, which in 1920 extended the right to vote to American women throughout the country.