Note: This exhibit is now closed.
Catharine Paine Blaine: Seneca Falls and The Women’s Rights Movement in the State of Washington is a traveling exhibit that celebrates the 2010 Washington Women’s Suffrage Centennial through an exploration of the effect of settlers’ reform ideas on the development of women’s rights in Washington State. Washington was an early leader in women’s suffrage and passed a voting law 10 years before the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1920.
Catharine Paine Blaine and her husband, David E. Blaine, were the first Methodist missionary couple in Seattle in 1853. Blaine, one of the 100 signers of the Declaration of Sentiments at the July 1848 Women’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, N.Y., had strong views about women’s rights. Blaine voted in Washington long before the women of her native New York State gained that right. The exhibit includes a timeline of the movement to win women’s suffrage in the State of Washington.
The exhibit, which runs through the end of the year, is a joint project of Women’s Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls, N.Y., and the Washington State Historical Society.
The exhibit opens on the same evening as July’s First Thursday Museum After Hours speaker Linda Chalker-Scott discusses most common myths and misconceptions that plague home gardeners and horticultural professionals. Chalker-Scott is a Washington State University professor and Master Gardener Program curriculum director. Chalker-Scott wrote The Informed Gardener and will sign copies of her book. The museum is open for free 5 to 9 p.m. on First Thursday evenings. Lectures begin at 7 p.m.