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  • Writer's pictureLisa Lewins

Painesville Women led the way in Voting Rights Movement...over 150 years ago!

August 26, 2021 was the 101st Anniversary of Women's Suffrage in the United States. Suffrage represents the Right to Vote, which was won with passage of the 19th Amendment on August 26, 2020, after decades of protest and struggle.

Lake Erie College celebrated August 26 this year with the first in a series of annual events to honor national heroes of suffrage who began their journey in Painesville, Ohio in the late 1800's.

The 2021 celebration kicked off a series of commemorative events that were scheduled for 2020 but sidelined by the pandemic. Future plans are in motion for placement of Historical Markers, preservation of documents and photos, and restoration of the actual buildings in Painesville where the long-forgotten work of these amazing women took place in our history.

Beginning at 5 p.m. on August 26, the Pomeroy Historical Marker Dedication took place at Lake Erie's College Hall. There were guests dressed as historical figures, a vintage photo booth, and tours of the 19th Century Social Parlor at Lake Erie.

Candoren Guest House (which is just across the street from Lake Erie College) hosted free tours, with tea and biscuits for all visitors. A 6:30 p.m. Champagne Tea Fundraiser attended by 24 local guests capped off the day's events.

100% of proceeds from all events went to benefit the Lake Erie College Suffrage Project. This program will expand and grow in the years to come, as more markers and historical preservation efforts are funded by local, state and national donations.

Watch for an upcoming list of August 2022 Events to celebrate the 102nd Year of Women's Suffrage, where more stories of amazing Painesville women will be celebrated.

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