Join Jasper Public Library for this virtual talk in celebration of Women’s History Month. Ball State University Library’s Map Collections Supervisor Melissa Gentry presents her talk, “From Seneca Falls to Seymour and South Bend: Mapping Indiana’s Suffrage History.” On close inspection, story maps reveal that Indiana—and Hoosier suffragists in particular—were ideologically, economically, racially, and socially diverse. Melissa’s multimedia story maps depict some of the people and places connected to the history of women’s suffrage. Complete with ups, downs, sometimes dramatic and “less than ladylike” but always colorful individuals and events, her talk incorporates historic photographs, correspondence, diaries, club minutes, oral histories, movies, newspapers, music, and artwork from the collections of Ball State University. With these sources, she introduces national and Hoosier women suffragists like Ida Husted Harper, Madam CJ Walker, Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, and Lucretia Mott while highlighting Hoosier cities connected to the local and national suffrage movements.
Stay tuned after Melissa’s talk for a brief Q & A/discussion.