Local History Topics
Women's Suffrage Centennial
The majority of women in the United States won the right to vote in 1920, with the passage of the 19th amendment to the Constitution. The Vernon County Museum is commemorating this centennial with exhibits, videos, and articles. Using the resources below, you can learn more about women's suffrage on both a local and national level.
Wisconsin Women Making History - Vernon County's Maud Neprud Otjen
The Vernon County Historical Society and the Viroqua Community Theatre have partnered on a theatrical video presentation to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment:
Failure is Impossible!
The cast includes Karen Dahl, Erica Howe, Dr. Brian Lyle and Rebecca Palmer with the musical support of Jacinta Henden and Tara Lyons. The production is directed by Pam Kalinosky.
Votes for Women! Event held August 26, 2020 video.
Over the years, the museum has published local suffrage information in the Weekly Column. Here are some extracts:
Maud Neprud from March 11, 2015
Karen Mischel and other female town and village officials from April 8, 2018
Vernon County female officials from March 3, 2019
Tilda Omundson from March 10, 2019
Lillian Jussen from March 17, 2019
Ratification of the 19th Amendment from June 9, 2019
Lucy Stone Marker from August 18, 2019
Prohibition and Suffrage from January 12, 2020
Who didn't get to vote? from March 8, 2020
University of Wisconsin graduates in the 19th century from March 15, 2020
Amy Gott from March 22, 2020
Reverend Olympia Brown from July 12, 2020
Excerpts from the Vernon County Censor