Women and the Vote: 19th Amendment Centennial 

19th Amendment Centennial : 1920 – 2020 

2020 is the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed women the right to vote. To mark this historic occasion, the Johnson County Museum will host two exhibitions and several programs on the topic of women’s history, women in politics, and programs featuring women experts. There is a concerted effort across the Kansas City metro region (and beyond) by museums, archives, and historical institutions to feature the 19th Amendment Centennial in exhibits, programs, and special events. More information can be found at www.19at100.org, and by searching the hashtags #19at100KS and #19at100MO on social media platforms.

Women and the Vote, digital exhibit

The Women and the Vote digital exhibit will explore the history of women and elections, voting, and elected positions in Johnson County, Kansas, and the nation. By highlighting over 170 years of women’s history in Kansas, the exhibit shows us where we have been. By exploring the role of women in elected position today, it informs us of the work left to be done. Exhibit highlights the Kansas Equal Suffrage Association, the National American Woman Suffrage Association, the League of Women Voters, and Kansas and Johnson County trailblazing women politicians.

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This free digital exhibit will be on display in the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center Cultural Commons from March 2 through Dec. 31, 2020. It is accessible during open hours, 9am-9pm Monday through Friday, and 9am-5pm Saturday.

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League of Women Voters of Kansas Pop-up Exhibit

The exhibit tells the story of how women gained the vote, in Kansas in 1912 and national in 1920. This traveling exhibit will detail important trends in Kansas electoral history and highlight women leaders in the state. Exhibit will be on display free of charge in the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center Cultural Commons from July 9 through July 25, 2020. Building hours 9am-9pm Monday through Friday, and 9am-5pm Saturday.

See and Download the Card from the League of Women Voters of Kansas

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Courtesy League of Women Voters of Kansas

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Lunch & Learn: Women and Democracy 

March 24, 2020 at 11:30am: Join the League of Women Voters of Johnson County as they explore the League’s history in connection to the 19th Amendment Centennial, as well as the county league’s history and present work. The Johnson County Museum is the repository for the League of Women Voters of Johnson County’s official papers and archive. Bring a bag lunch; water and dessert provided.

History on Tap: Politics on the Platform: Women and the 19th Amendment

July 9, 2020 at 6:00pm: Historian Sarah Bell discusses the role Kansas played in the woman suffrage movement, including women on the platform for the Chautauqua Assembly. Beer and snacks provided. Partnership with Humanities Kansas. 

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Kansas Equal Suffrage Association image: Courtesy Kansas Historical Society.


The Johnson County Museum is pleased to present programming throughout 2020 that includes women expert presenters on a host of topics related to Johnson County history and our exhibitions. These include:

  • Dr. Sofia Khan, director of the KC Refugee Project and Johnson County resident, speaks at History on Tap on June 11, 2020. Dr. Khan will share her personal experiences and talks about the U.S. refugee program. Beer and snacks provided. June 20 is World Refugee Day.
  • Marla Day, curator of the Kansas State University’s Historic Costume and Textile Museum, speaks at a Lunch & Learn and a repeat performance for a History on Tap on May 14, 2020. Day will discuss trends in 1950s fashion. This program complements the museum’s temporary exhibition, Paul McCobb: America’s Designer, on display April 4 – August 15, 2020.
  • Peggy L. Honey of Kansas State University’s Department of Interior Design and Fashion Studies, presents a History on Tap program on August 13, 2020. Honey will place Mid-Century Modern designer Paul McCobb in the context of his time. This program complements the museum’s temporary exhibition, Paul McCobb: America’s Designer, on display April 4 – August 15, 2020.

*Updated programming for the September – December JCPRD activities catalog forthcoming.

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Marchers: Courtesy Library of Congress.