Suffrage centennial celebration set in Martinez

Contra Costa County will celebrate the centennial anniversary of woman suffrage in California with a five-part lecture series that kicks off Oct. 13.

The county favored a woman’s right to vote by just 21 votes on Oct. 10, 1911, a slim victory reflected throughout California where the measure passed by 2 percentage points.

Sponsored by the Contra Costa County Historical Society, the first lecture by local historian Beverly Lane is called “American Women Fight for Their Rights and Win the Vote In California 1911.” The evening also features Carmen Curtis portraying Alamo pioneer Mary Ann Jones, who registered to vote in 1912 at age 87.

All lectures begin at 7 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Hall, 930 Ward St., Martinez, for a suggested donation of $5 a person.

The other lectures are:

  • Oct. 20 — Local historian Sandra Threlfall will speak on Maud Younger, a millionaire waitress who founded the Wage Earners Equal Suffrage League
  • Oct. 27 — Diablo Valley College professor Melissa Jacobson on, “Unearthing the Past: Women’s Suffrage in Martinez.”
  • Nov. 3 — Historian Darlene Thorne on, “In Their League: California Suffrage Through Vintage Postcards.”
  • Nov. 10 — Authors Elaine Elinson and Stan Yogi on. “Wherever There’s a Fight: Woman Suffrage and Civil Liberties in California.”

The historical society is also sponsoring a suffrage centennial exhibit through Nov. 23 at its history center, 610 Main St., Martinez. For information and hours, call 925-229-1042 or visit www.cocohistory.com.





Lisa Vorderbrueggen