Educational Resources for Special Poster Exhibits - The Birthplace of Country Music
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Educational Resources
for Special Poster Exhibits

The Birthplace of Country Music Museum is marking the centennial of women’s suffrage in the United States with two poster exhibits: Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence (Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service) and To Make Our Voices Heard: Tennessee Women’s Fight for the Vote (Tennessee State Museum). Both exhibits are a wonderful way to learn about and celebrate this historic milestone in our nation’s history, and they come with a variety of learning resources for families, teachers and students, and interested visitors (see below).


Many of the Smithsonian’s museums and other educational institutions have developed materials to commemorate the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, and to broaden our understanding of U.S. history through the stories of women.

National Portrait Gallery
Votes for Women exhibition website
Votes for Women collection search results
American Women’s History Initiative
Explore the historical record of the accomplishments of American women
Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence on the Smithsonian Learning Lab
A collection of text, education prompts and images related to the poster exhibition (preferred browser: Google Chrome)
National Museum of African American History and Culture
Blog posts, collection story*, event and news about women’s suffrage (*Staff interpretations of collections)
Collection search results for women’s suffrage

National Museum of American History
Women’s history resources
Woman suffrage search results
Woman suffrage collections search results
History Explorer suffrage search results
Smithsonian American Art Museum
“Who Tells Your Story? Exploring Women and Identity?” video
“Remaking the Rules: Exploring Women Who Broke Barriers” video
“Persisting and Resisting: Exploring Women as Activists” video
National Museum of the American Indian
Native American Women online resources
Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum
Women’s suffrage search results
National Postal Museum
Women’s suffrage collections search results
Research articles on women in the U.S. Postal System
Women on Stamps virtual exhibition
League of Women Voters
Women’s suffrage search results
Library of Congress
Teacher resourceslesson plans and primary source sets
Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote exhibition website
National Woman’s Party (NWP)
NWP collections
NWP exhibits
U.S. National Archives and Records Administration
Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote exhibit
Women’s Rights page
Woman Suffrage educator resources
Woman Suffrage primary sources and teaching activities on DocsTeach
19th Amendment online featured documents

Educator resources from a wide range of institutions and organizations have also been compiled by the Tennessee State Museum on the TNWoman100 website, including professional development for educators, lesson plans, primary sources sets, digital collections and online exhibits, traveling trunks and docs boxes, woman suffrage timeline, Tennessee and the 19th Amendment for woman suffrage resource, an exploration of the historical background to this event, and several videos.