V​​​LWV Community Partners 2020 Celebration Calendar of Events 

For You The Voter, August 2019- August 2020

*      Denotes Limited Space, Call in Advance


August 2019




Public Painting Days for the Mural “Her Voice, Her Vote” TBA

Mural Site:  7th and State Street


August 1st, 2019, Bike Erie Slow Roll, Lake Erie Cycle Fest



This year’s LECF Slow Roll will pay tribute to the 100th Anniversary of the Suffragette Movement, Celebrations through August 2020

Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper will serve as Grand Marshall leading a group of bicycle riders wearing period attire departing from Perry Square at 6pm and riding past historic sites of the Suffragette Era in Erie.  The ride will culminate at the Erie Downtown Partnership Block Party in Perry Square where free bike valet services will be provided by Bike Erie.  This ride is free, but registration through the LECF website is required.

​Erie Fiber Arts Guild, Erie Fiber Arts Guild Facebook

EFAG offers a unique mobile exhibit of a quilt created by member of the guild.  Each 

square is designed by a different artist with their own interpretation of  the meaning

of the historic anniversary commemoration, "Votes for Women"

Initial Exhibit Location--


*Erie County Historical Society, eriehistory.org

  Period Clothing Workshops: Sashes, Hats and Bloomer

  Artist, Debbie Sementelli, Wood Morrison House, St. Mary’s Studio

  $25 per class ECHS Members, $65 for Nonmembers (Includes Membership)


  Jefferson Education Society, jeserie.org

  Remarkable Women’s Series Begins, Corrine Egan


  Erie County Historical Society, eriehistory.org

  “Women’s Suffrage in Erie County” Exhibit, Curtze Mansion

  Featuring a Portrait of Helen Schurlaff in Period Dress

  Curtze Mansion Tour $10, Adults, $7.50, Seniors, Members Free

  Erie County Historical Speaker Series

  August 2019-December 25th, 2019


* Women’s Club of Erie, eriewomansclub.com

  Attitudes of the Day:  Women’s EqualiTEA

  Special Guest, Living Historian, Debbie Sementelli

  August 25th, 2-4 PM, Tickets-$25


September 2019


   Jefferson Educational Society, jeserie.org

   2019 Global Summit

   Featuring Women Leaders,

   Preregistration and Ticket Required


   LWV Sponsored Display Case, Blasco Library, 1st Floor, lwverie.org

   Includes American Suffrage Display and

   Alice Paul, Feminist, Art Exhibit

   12 Altarpieces Created as Part of a MFA Thesis

   Artist, Jessica M. Alesso, MFA and Region 2 Representative, PA AES


   Blasco Children’s Library Resource Bookmarks, erielibrary.org

   Project Manager, Maggie Ignasiak, mignasiak@eriecountypa.gov

   Reading Resources for Women’s History Education by Age Level

   Also Teacher Resource Document Available On-Line, lwverie.org


   Gannon University Celebrates “Votes for Women”, gannon.edu

   Humanities Department, Fall Curriculum Theme: 

   Make Change. Stand Up. Speak Out!

   Public Speakers TBA


   Erie Torch Club, erietorchclub.com

   Guest Speaker:  Corrine Egan

   “Remarkable Women in the Suffrage Movement”

   Cocktails 6 PM, Dinner 7 PM, Speaker, 8 PM

   Dinner $25, Cash Bar

   September 4th, 2019


* Blasco Library Admiral Room, erielibrary.org

   Screening of the Film, “Iron Jawed Angels”

   September 7th, 2-4 PM, Free


   Artlore Studio, artlorestudio.com

   Young Living, Essential Oil with spOILMeIOLy

   September 11th, 2019, Free, BYO Wine



   Erie County Historical Society, eriehistory.org

   “Disorderly Women” The History of Women in American Politics

   Jerra Jenrette, PhD, Edinboro University

   September 18th, 2019, 7 PM, Free


    Artlore Studio, artlorestudio.com

    Young Living, Essential Oil with spOILMeIOLy

    September 11th, 2019, Free, BYO Wine


* Erie Movie House, eriemoviehouse.wixsite.com

   Film Debut of Sundance Documentary, “Equal Means Equal”

   The Status of Women in America by Kamal Lopez

   September 20th, 2019, 2-4 PM, $8, Refreshments Sold on the Premises


   Artlore Studio, artlorestudio.com

   Young Living, Essential Oil with spOILMeIOLy

   September 25th, 2019, Free, BYO Wine


   YWCA Titusville PA, ywcatitusville.org

   Suffrage Walk

   Pot Luck Dinner and Voter Registration

   September 29th, 4 PM, Bring a Dish to Share

October 2019

   AAUW Erie, aauwerie.org

   “The American Suffrage Movement”

   Elizabeth Garner Masarik, University of Buffalo

   Location TBA, Free

   Erie County Historical Society, eriehistory.org

   “Women Soldiers in the Civil War”

   Watson Curtze Mansion

   October 15th, 2019, 7 PM

   $10 for Adults, $7.50 for Seniors, ECHS Members Free


   Edinboro University, edinboro.edu

   “Bring a Folding Chair:

   Women, Politics and the Use of Real Power”

   Focus:  Leadership and Power of Women for

   As Major Factors in Positive Political Change—

   A Look at the Role of Genderized Socialization Has

   Played in Defining Leadership and Power

   Presenter:  Rhonda Matthews at Erie Insurance

   October 17, 12 Noon -2 PM


   Penn State Behrend, behrend.psu.edu

   “The Media and Women’s Suffrage:  A Dirty and

   And Dusty Business”

   Professor Karrie Bowen, Sponsored by the Department

   Communication and the Behrend Beacon

   October 22, 2019, McGarvey Commons on Campus


   Erie Women’s Club, eriewomansclub.com

   Women Trailblazers:  Non-Stereotypical Careers

   October 25th, 2019, Erie Art Museum, $15, Cash Bar


   Studio Hue and Artlore Studio  

   With Assistance from Pointe Foure and the ECHS


   “Art, Fashion, Hair Design over the Past Century”

   Artlore Studio, September 25th, 2019, 6-9 PM, Free


November 2019


   Sister’s of Saint Joseph at the Chapel

   2631 West 26th Street

   Thanksgiving Prayer Service in Memory of the Suffragists

   And Leading Women of Today

   Hosted by Betsy Weist, Social Justice Coordinator

   November 21st, 2019, 6-7 PM


December 2019


   Women’s Club of Erie, eriewomansclub.com

   “Putting on the Ritz”

   Celebrating Women, Chamber Music, Hor D’oeuvres and Chocolate Fountain

   December 6th, 2019-- Time and Cost TBA


January 2020


   League Ladies Literature at the Pressed Book Store, lwverie.org

   Civic Reading for Our Very Youngest Citizens, Meet by the Treehouse

   Saturday, January 18th, 2020, 11 AM -12 Noon


   Edinboro University, edinboro.edu

   “The American Abortion Battle”:  a Discussion about the current and

   Future state of abortion rights in the United States, Dr, J.D. Fisher

   January 22, 2020, Blasco Library, 7 PM


February 2020


   Women’s Club of Erie, eriewomansclub.com

   Interpretation of the Vote through the Eyes of Students

   High School Gallery Night, Details TBA


   Porreco College, porreco.edinboro.edu

   Susan B. Anthony’s 200th Birthday Party

   A Tea Party for Susan B. Anthony and the 100th

   Anniversary of the 19th Amendment--Prizes will be

   Awarded for Best Suffragist Hats, Sashes and Signs

   February 15, 2020, 2 PM



March 2020-Women’s History Month


   Erie County Libraries and Bookstores Displaying:

   Books on Women’s Suffrage, Women’s History and

   Leading Women


   Understanding Women’s Suffrage through Children’s Literature

   For Parents and Children featuring Children’s Literature to

   Celebrate the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage

   Dr. Mary Jo Melvin, Butterfield Hall Literacy Center on Campus

   March 3, 2020, 4-6 PM


    Penn State Behrend, behrend.psu.edu

   International Suffrage for Women:  A Panel Discussion

   Dr. Dale Hunter and Dr. Kiran Misra (Biology Department, Edinboro)

   Dr. Lena-Surzkho Harned (Political Science, PSU Behrend)

   March 4, 2020, 6 PM, McGarvey Commons on Campus


   The Erie Philharmonic, eriephil.org

   Reception for International Women’s Day Performance

   Jefferson Educational Society, March 4, 2020, 7 PM

   Artist Mary Bowden and Music Director Daniel Meyer:

   Address Women’s Career Opportunities in Professional Music

   Light Refreshments, Free, Contact JES@ 814-459-8000


   The Erie Philharmonic, eriephil.org

   In Honor of International Women’s Day 2020

   World Premier of Trumpet Concerto, Female Soloist

   Composition by Vivian Fung, Performed by Mary Elizabeth Bowden

   March 7th, 2020, Ticket Prices Start at $23


   NOW Organization of Erie County at Edinboro University

   Screening of the Film “Iron Jawed Angels”  

   Frank G. Pogue Student Center

   Call Susan Woodland, Erie President, for Details:  814-734-1018

   Facilitated Discussion to Follow, Free

   Edinboro University’s Women’s History Month


   Erie Maritime Museum at Blasco, flagshipniagra.org

   “Silkies, Sailors and Lady Pirates,

   Women and the Maritime” with Musician and Folklorist Kelly Armor

   Presents a Lively Mix of Tunes and Tales about Women and the Age of Sail

   A Window on the Lives of Everyday People and Sea Shanties—Ballads and

   Work Songs Document Women’s Relationships with Sailors and Women Rebels

   Who Crossed Gender Lines to Work Aboard Ships

   March 8th, 2020, Free and No Registration Required

   The Museum is Open for Free All Day for Celebration


   Council of Women’s Organization, cwoerie.com

  “Fun Night Out” 2020

   Bel-Aire Wyndham, 5:30- 7:30

   March    , 2020, $20


April 2020


   "PSU Women's Conference", Dr. Sarah Whitney 


May 2020


    Jefferson Educational Society, jeserie.org

    Day Bus Trip to Seneca Falls

    “The American women's rights movement began with a meeting of reformers in Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848.

     Out of that first convention came a historic document, the 'Declaration of Sentiments,' which demanded equal social status

     and legal rights for women, including the right to vote.”

     May 15, 2020 Time and Cost TBA, Box Lunch Included


   Women’s Club of Erie, eriewomansclub.com,

   Mother’s Day Tea, Details TBA


June 2020

Film Society of NW PA,  filmsocietynwpa.org

Coming summer 2020!  The Film Society of NWPA will show a film to commemorate the 

suffragette movement at Film Grain, a Wednesday night dinner-and-a-movie series at

the Bourbon Barrel, downtown Erie.  Check the website or Facebook page for the official announcement.

  Sight Center of NW PA, sightcenternwpa.org

  Presentation on Helen Keller, by League Member, Susan McNeisch

  “Helen Keller—an Activist, Writer and Suffragist”

  Wednesday, Noon, June 27th, Free


August 2020


   League of Women Voters 2020 Celebration Gala

   Key Note Speaker:  Amanda Owen, Executive Director of

   The Justice Bell, Philadelphia

   Pennsylvania Suffrage, American Suffrage and the Story of the Justice Bell

   The Campus of the Erie County Historical Society

   August 17th, 2020, Time and Ticket Prices TBA


   The Unveiling of the Mural “Her Voice, Her Vote”

   Designed and Created by a Six Woman Team of Artists, Moms, Educators and Voters—

   All from Erie County with a Proclamation from Mayor Joe Schember and

   County Executive, Kathy Dahlkemper, Ratification Date of the 19th Amendment

   August 18th, 2020, 7th and State |Streets, Time TBA

Sterling Silver commemorative "Votes For Women" anniversary bracelets are being

sold by the Women's Club of Erie and the League of Women Voters Erie County Chapter.  The bracelets were created by Jennifer Reed, jewelry artist, proprietor of Relish.  Contact either organization for purchase.  (Bracelets are not sold at Relish.)


   Graphic Design and Formatting by Susan Prichard, Graffiti Creations, North East, PA

The League of Women Voters Commemorates 100 Years of Votes for Women and the Passing of our 19th Amendment with Community Partners of Erie County. Together We Ask That All Citizens Vote In All Elections.

The Erie Chapter Is 100 Years Old in August 2020.  

League of Women Voters

Erie County Chapter

DONATE / Erie Gives

100th Anniversary of

19th Amendment and

Birth of League of Women Voters   


Additions Regularly Made As Dates Are Confirmed