Course Description

Battle for the Ballot: Women and Politics
Patty Edmonson, Costume and Textiles Curator
Mary Manning, Ph.D., College and Career Readiness Specialist


In celebration of the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 2020, join the Cleveland History Center to explore suffrage history through Western Reserve Historical Society archives and collections. Mary Manning will share dynamic stories of local women who fought for the right to vote in a special version of our Battle for the Ballot program, followed by a behind-the-scenes experience with costume curator Patty Edmonson.

Following the virtual presentation, registrants will receive a ticket to the Battle for the Ballot: Women & Politics exhibit, opening this fall (date TBD). Due to the ongoing public health crisis, docent availability cannot be confirmed at this time.

Patty Edmonson curates a collection of more than 40,000 objects that tell the diverse stories of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio. Her most recent fashion exhibitions in the Chisholm Halle Costume Wing include Mad for Plaid (2018) and Si Jolie! French Fashion in Cleveland (2019). Edmonson holds a master’s degree from the University of Delaware’s Winterthur Program in American Material Culture.

Mary Manning coordinates the Region 3 Ohio History Day contest in addition to the museum’s internship program. She holds a bachelor’s degree in art history and French from Case Western Reserve University and master’s and doctorate degrees in art history from Rutgers University, where she specialized in 19th century French art and gender studies.


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Section Title
Battle for the Ballot: Women and Politics
10:30AM to 12:00PM
Oct 14, 2020
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Online
Delivery Options
Virtual Instruction  
Course Fee(s)
Course Fee non-credit $20.00