Katherine Durack of The Genius of Liberty podcast

Katherine Durack of The Genius of Liberty podcast

LOUDONVILLE — The Cleo Redd Fisher Museum in Loudonville has announced that their popular Speaker Series will return this fall in a virtual format.

The museum’s Speaker Series hosts experts on a number of historical topics, and often draws standing-room only crowds. The last series, which began in the fall of 2019, was cut short in March due to the pandemic.

“Unfortunately there’s no way we can bring together 100+ guests at a time like this, so we made the decision to move to a virtual format for the upcoming series,” said Kenny Libben, curator of the museum.

Libben acknowledges that those not comfortable with technology, or lacking internet access, may have difficulty joining the programs live, but the recorded video will remain available to watch at a later time.

“One advantage,” Libben continued, “is that we now have the ability to welcome speakers from across the country and around the world — including Louis Bromfield’s biographer and a survivor of the Hiroshima atomic bombing.”

The series will kick off on Monday, Sept. 21 with Katherine Durack of The Genius of Liberty podcast presenting “Ohio’s Role in Woman Suffrage: Three Reasons to Celebrate the 2020 Women’s Vote Centennial.” As early as 1878, legislation had been introduced in Congress to pass a women’s suffrage amendment to the United States Constitution. The majority of American woman still were not allowed to vote, and for decades the women’s suffrage movement – led by names such as Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton – fought for the rights of all women to vote.

In 1919, the 19th Amendment was finally approved and issued to the states for ratification; one year later in 1920 the amendment was officially adopted and guaranteed women the right to vote in all state and national elections. Among the states to ratify the amendment, Ohio was one of the leaders in the suffrage movement.

In fact, Ohio was one of only two states to host multiple National Woman Suffrage Conferences and influenced other state’s decisions to ratify the amendment.

Katherine Durack, PhD, is the originator of The Genius of Liberty, a podcast series created in partnership with Cincinnati’s Mercantile Library about Ohio and the fight for woman suffrage. She serves as Ohio’s representative on the National Board for the Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Association, and is a member of the 2020 Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative task force. Katherine also consults with arts and cultural organizations on Ohio suffrage centennial celebrations.

A former college professor, Katherine has been researching and sharing stories about woman suffrage since 2015 when she launched her Suffrage In Stitches project. For Suffrage in Stitches, Katherine creates original crochet designs inspired by the women, events, and artifacts of the US woman suffrage movement. Her stories and patterns have been featured in PieceWork magazine as well as Vogue Knitting and Yarn Market News. Most recently, Katherine has appeared on Cincinnati Public Radio’s Cincinnati Edition and Feelin’ Good with Shelly Abrams, a production of Lebanon (Ohio) cable TV 6.

The virtual program will be held live at 7 p.m. on Sept. 21, with a Q&A to follow.

The program will be streamed to the museum’s Facebook page and Youtube account, ensuring that guests will not have to download any special software to access it, however those platforms may require registered accounts in order to submit live questions during the Q&A session. The broadcast links for this program will be posted to the museum’s website (www.crfmuseum.com) under the Calendar of Events page in advance of the program — so interested persons will need to visit that event listing prior to 7 p.m. or subscribe to the museum’s Facebook or Youtube accounts to receive notification when the program goes live.

Anyone with questions regarding how to join the live broadcast or subscribe to future events is encouraged to call the museum at 419 994-4050, or visit www.crfmuseum.com.

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