In late January 2020, in coordination with Maryland Women’s Legislative Caucus, Preservation Maryland organized a special event with leading suffrage historians in Annapolis to commemorate and share the multi-dimension history of the passage of the 19th Amendment.

Held at the Miller Senate Office in Annapolis, attendees heard from Dr. Martha Jones, the Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor of History at The Johns Hopkins University and author of the forthcoming Vanguard: A Political History of African American Women, and Elaine Weiss, the Baltimore-based journalist and best-selling author of The Women’s Hour whose conversation was skillfully moderated by Sheila Kast, the award-winning host of On the Record at WYPR.

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Ballot & Beyond: To learn more about remarkable Maryland women, past and present including suffragists, visit Preservation Maryland’s public history project, Ballot & Beyond. The biographical essays are released as a podcast called Ballot & Beyond and will also be featured in Preservation Maryland’s award-winning monthly podcast, PreserveCast. Historic images, transcripts, and audio are all available on the project website. This project is supported by Gallagher Evelius & Jones and the Maryland Historical Trust.

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The expert speakers were introduced by First Lady of Maryland Yumi Hogan, with remarks also from Speaker of the House Adrienne Jones, Senate President Bill Ferguson, Delegate Brooke Lierman, Delegate Trent Kittleman, and Executive Director of Preservation Maryland, Nicholas Redding.

This special event is just one of Preservation Maryland’s statewide efforts to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment. The organization has utilized research by the Maryland Historical Trust to host a lecture series, create a traveling museum exhibits, and recently launched the multi-media public history project Ballot & Beyond. With support from Gallagher Evelius & Jones, Ballot & Beyond celebrates Maryland’s suffragists as well as more contemporary remarkable Maryland women through a podcast and website.