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This year marks the 100th anniversary of Oregon women getting the right to vote.  Corvallis will be celebrating that historic event with drama, history, and dessert on May 16, 7:00 p.m. at the 99-year-old Majestic Theatre, 115 SW Second St. in downtown Corvallis.  The event is free and open to the public.

“Oregon Women Vote:  A Centennial Celebration” promises a lively evening headlined by actress/historian Tames Alan’s entertaining presentation, “Soldiers in Petticoats:  The Struggles of the Suffragettes” about the national suffrage movement. (For a preview, see www.livinghistorylectures.com.)

JoAnne Trow, President of the Benton County Historical Society and Museum, will provide the Oregon perspective with remarks from her popular talk, “Why Did It Take So Long?” about the Oregon suffrage story.

Local poet, playwright, teacher, and actress Shelley Moon will conclude the show with a dramatic performance that unites the women’s suffrage movement with the ongoing voting rights struggles of other groups excluded from this essential element of full citizenship.

Corvallis Mayor Julie Manning will be the evening’s Mistress of Ceremonies.  Following the performances, attendees are invited to enjoy light refreshments in the lobby.  They will also have an opportunity to honor inspiring women leaders who influence their own lives.

“Oregon Women Vote” honors the pioneering success of Oregon women’s efforts, as well as National Historic Preservation Month.  The event is co-sponsored by over 20 groups, organizations, businesses, individuals, and local governments.

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