FOR RELEASE: Greeley, CO – This year marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment going into effect, giving women the right to vote across the nation. The City of Greeley Museums will celebrate with Beyond Suffrage: 100 Years of Progress, which opens Jan. 17, 2020 at the Greeley History Museum, 714 8th St. The exhibit focuses on the accomplishments of Weld County women after they gained the right to vote.
Weld County has a history of strong, trailblazing women, from groundbreaking engineers to military service members and human rights advocates.
Lottye Miner became the President of her own engineering firm in Greeley in 1957. At that time, there were only around 60 female engineers in the entire state. Over the course of her career, she managed four separate branches of her firm and oversaw construction projects in Lebanon and Pakistan.
Sue Ogata Kato, a first generation Japanese-American, joined the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps, later called the WACs, in 1943 to help with the war effort. She recalled, “I was proud to be an American and I was waving the American flag.”
Roseline Mugaruka, a Congolese refugee, fled her home with three of her siblings when the Second Congo War broke out. She came to the U.S. as a refugee at the age of 15. Mugaruka graduated high school and attended the University of Northern Colorado, studying International Affairs and Human Services. Now, she advocates for local female immigrants and refugees as the Women’s Empowerment Coordinator at the Immigrant and Refugee Center of Northern Colorado.
One hundred years after women’s suffrage, learn more about these and the other women that have shaped Greeley, Weld County, and Colorado. The exhibit ends January 3, 2021.
High Plains Library District is proud to partner with the City of Greeley Museums to bring a traveling exhibit highlighting “Beyond Suffrage: Authors and Educators” to libraries throughout their service area. A brown bag lecture series featuring Authors & Educators will also accompany this event. Visit mylibrary.us/suffrage for a list of where and when the exhibit will be showing or contact High Plains Library District at 888-861-7323(READ.)
For more information about “Beyond Suffrage: 100 Years of Progress,” visit greeleymuseums.com or call 970-350-9220.
For more information contact:
Holly Berg, Curator of Exhibits
City of Greeley Museums