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About the Exhibit
A Century of Civic Engagement: League of Women Voters Minnesota
To celebrate the 19th Amendment’s centennial year, LWV Minnesota created a traveling exhibit to recognize the organization’s mission and history over the past century. Exhibit visitors will discover that:
“Growing from the deep roots of the suffrage movement in the 19th century, Minnesota’s non-partisan League of Women Voters uses a statewide network of local chapters to encourage informed and active participation in government, register and empower voters, work to increase understanding of public policy issues, cultivate women leaders, and influence public policy through education and advocacy."
Specifically, the goals of the 12-panel exhibit are:
To recognize and celebrate a century of activism by LWV Minnesota
To recall our history through a lens of diversity, equity and inclusion
To activate visitors to educate themselves and to vote
To remind visitors that democracy depends on their participation
To empower visitors to act in defense of democracy
Reserve the Exhibit
Reservations are available
Requests for dates are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please coordinate with others so you are only filling the form out once per League/event.
A $500 security deposit will be needed to secure your reservation. Exception: no deposit required for local Leagues under the LWVMN legal umbrella. Please inquire if you need to confirm your League’s status.
LWVMN will collect your check three months prior to your reservation date. Please do not send a check until contacted to do so. We will hold your check and shred it at the end of your exhibition period, if all panels are in their original condition.
What does the exhibit look like?
The complete exhibit consists of 12 free-standing panels (high-quality, retractable banners). The photo at right shows some of the exhibit panels in both a back-to-back and square arrangement.
What is the recommended hosting timeframe?
Three weeks. The purpose of this exhibit is to be seen in as many locations around the state as possible in 2019 and 2020. It is not intended to be a resident exhibit. That said, there are cases where an organization or venue may have cause to host for longer.
How much space will I need in order to display it?
The recommended arrangement is all panels in a straight line, back-to-back (two rows of 6 panels each). For this setup, 20-25 feet would be needed, plus walking space around it. Each panel is approximately 3 feet wide x 7 feet high. There is a specific beginning panel and a specific ending panel, but the order for the remaining panels is not important.
What if my venue is small or not usually intended for displays?
In venues with limited space, the exhibit can be split up into smaller sections or clusters (squares, triangles, etc.), as long as ALL panels are present in the exhibit. No partial displays are allowed.
Does it cost anything to host the exhibit?
No, the exhibit is free to host (aside from the $500 security deposit mentioned in the section above).
However, we will ask that you maintain a table next to the exhibit, which will include collecting responses submitted by guests in our "ballot box," displaying a stack of LWVMN handouts, and refilling our free pin giveaway feature. These LWVMN materials will be provided to you along with the exhibit. We will also provide a table drape but ask that you provide the 6' or 8' table. You are welcome to display additional items (brochures, local memorabilia, etc.) on the table.
Does the exhibit require additional lighting or electricity?
Additional lighting is at the discretion of the venue and it is their responsibility to ensure all of the panels are well-lit and easy to read. No electricity is needed for the exhibit itself.
Will there be a table top display for physical objects accompanying the exhibit?
No, LWVMN is only creating the panels for the exhibit, but we delightfully encourage local Leagues to gather up their own historical items and artifacts to display alongside the exhibit! This is a great way to bring local flavor and interest to your event, and to celebrate your League's unique history.
Can this exhibit be included with a larger exhibit or event we already have planned?
Yes! We encourage you to take this opportunity to spotlight the suffrage history or women specific to your community, adding artifacts or additional panels to our exhibit. We also have companion programming ideas in the Centennial Toolkit to help round out your exhibit experience.
Are the panels heavy?
No, each panel is lightweight and easy to maneuver. The banners can be pulled up by one person, as long as that person is tall enough to secure the support pole in the correct position. Training will be provided to ensure a smooth setup and to minimize chances of banners snapping back into the base or getting damaged.
Do I need to partner with a local League or can I host the exhibit independently?
While we encourage Leagues to partner with their local historical societies, libraries, etc. to showcase the exhibit, any organization may request to become a host. Affiliation with LWV is not necessary.
Can I move exhibit to different locations during the time I have it reserved?
Yes, with two caveats: (1) We will need a list of all the places you plan to display the exhibit so we can keep our locations page up to date. (2) You, or someone trained to set up/take down the exhibit, will need to be responsible for moving it around. LWVMN cannot provide transit volunteers outside of the initial delivery and pick-up.
Will there be any marketing information available to advertise the exhibit?
Yes, see below for a short write-up and graphics of two of the panels. If there is something specific/different that you are looking for, please inquire to Kristin at the address below.
Who do I contact if I have questions?
Please email Kristin Smith, our Communications Manager/Art Director.
For use in promoting the exhibit
A Century of Civic Engagement: The League of Women Voters Minnesota
The Minnesota Legislature finally voted YES on September 8, 1919 to ratify the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution, granting women the right to vote and ending the 72-year struggle for woman suffrage.
But as distinguished Minnesota suffragist Clara Ueland said that day, "Today is the commencement rather than the end of our work." The League of Women Voters Minnesota was born, with Ms. Ueland as its first President, to help carry out the new work of empowering voters and defending democracy, with women now at the table – and in the voting booth. One hundred years later, LWV Minnesota continues to thrive as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization promoting good government and civic engagement throughout Minnesota.
Come visit this vibrant exhibit that features Minnesota's suffrage story, highlighting the women who made it happen – and who continue to lead through the League of Women Voters to make democracy work for all.
Exhibit Panel Graphics
Download two of the exhibit panels to use in your marketing. Note: These aren’t intended to be used at a readable size, only as teasers. We include them as high-res JPGs so they will reproduce well in print form.