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The Original 19th Amendment Visits Museum

For Release: August 24, 2004
College Station, TX -

A historic document will be making its way to the Museum at the George Bush Presidential Library. The original 19th Amendment will be on display from October 7th – 24th, 2004.

By 1916, almost all of the major suffrage organizations were united behind the goal of a constitutional amendment for the right for women to vote. The political balance shifted in favor of the vote for women when New York adopted women’s suffrage in 1917, and when President Woodrow Wilson changed his position to support a constitutional amendment in 1918. On May 21, 1919, the House of Representatives passed the amendment, and 2 weeks later, the Senate followed. When Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the amendment on August 18, 1920, the amendment passed its final hurdle of obtaining the agreement of three-fourths of the states. Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby certified the ratification on August 26, 1920, and the face of the American electorate changed forever.

The 19th Amendment has traveled a couple of times in recent years. In 1995-1996, it was on display at the Johnson Library and the Truman Library in the Our Mothers Before Us exhibition. In 1999, it traveled to the Ford Museum for an exhibition on the 20th Century. Most recently, it was displayed at the National Archives in The People's Vote. For more information, see http://www.ourdocuments.gov/content.php?page=vote. After its return from College Station, the 19th Amendment will be featured in NARA's new exhibition The Public Vaults.

The Museum at the George Bush Presidential Library hours are Monday – Saturday, 9:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Sundays from 12:00 until 5:00 p.m. Museum admission is $7.00 for adults, $5.00 for senior citizens 62+ and groups of 20 or more with reservations. Children 6 and older are $2.00 TAMU and Blinn college students as well as children under 6 are free.

George Bush Presidential Library and Museum
1000 George Bush Drive West, College Station, Texas 77845
Telephone: (979) 691-4000 | Facsimile: (979) 691-4050 | TTY: (979) 691-4091