The year 2020 marked the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed women’s suffrage. Through advocacy such as Abigail Scott Duniway’s work at Hailey in the late 1800s, Idaho was the fourth state to grant women the right to vote.
This Thursday, September 23 at 6 p.m., the William G. Pomeroy Foundation will honor the Blaine County Historical Museum with a marker as part of its National Votes for Women Trail project with the National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites.
The private New York granting foundation initially contacted the museum to find a suitable location for Hailey’s large cast-iron historical marker. Together, they came to the conclusion that the Blaine County Historical Museum was the place to be.
The museum is just north of Mountain West Bank, which was once the Hailey Theater, where Duniway gave a talk in 1887. The museum also sits diagonally from an old house where Duniway stayed, which still stands today. ‘hui.
Museum director Rebecca Cox had already prepared extensive research on Duniway for a centennial celebration planned last year, which failed due to the COVID pandemic. This event recognizing the historic marker gives him a chance to put that preparation to good use.
“There are a lot of things that we can take for granted that we just forget how these things came to be,” Cox said. “I am delighted to have a permanent photo as a reminder that not so long ago there was no equal rights.”
Idaho State Historical Society state historian HannaLore Hein will deliver a speech on women’s suffrage and Duniway’s presence in Hailey on Thursday.
The event is free. Refreshments will be served.