Program: The Life of Abigail S. Duniway - Oct. 21

Hermiston Library Program to Portray Abigail S. Duniway, Early Oregon Suffragist
 
A special community program portraying the life and accomplishments of the nationally-recognized Oregon suffragist Abigail Scott Duniway will be held at the Hermiston Public Library, 235 E. Gladys Ave., on Wed., Oct. 21 at 6:30 p.m.

Duniway was an American women’s rights advocate, newspaper editor, and writer whose efforts were instrumental in gaining voting rights for women. In 1912 she authored the Oregon Woman Suffrage Proclamation and her tireless work as an activist played an important role in later passage of the 19th Amendment, which granted the right to vote to all U.S. Women.

In March 2015, a Congressional panel selected Duniway – along with Chief Joseph, leader of the Nez Perce Tribe, as one of two statues to be installed at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. to represent Oregon. Each state is allowed two symbolic statues. Duniway and Joseph will replace statues of 19th C. missionary Jason Lee and John McLoughlin, a fur trader known as the father of Oregon.

Referred to as “the pioneer suffragist of the great Northwest”, Duniway lived from 1834 to 1915. She and her family moved to Oregon in a wagon pulled by oxen, and she wrote about the hardships of that experience in novels.  For 16 years she was editor and publisher of “The New Northwest,” a newspaper devoted to women’s rights. Working closely with Susan B. Anthony, Duniway became a national as well as regional leader of the women’s movement.

The program will be presented by Judy Allen of Wallowa County, a historian and career researcher. Allen became engrossed in the suffragist’s life story, as Duniway is an ancestor of her husband. Allen is currently compiling further information about Duniway’s interesting life to be developed into a book. Please contact Ms Allen  judy.allen.joseph@gmail.com  for more information.

All ages are welcome to attend. The free program at the library is sponsored by Libraries of Eastern Oregon (LEO) as part of its ArtPlace America project: "A Sense of Place, Engage at the Library!"  ArtPlace America has provided LEO with funding to deliver a wide range of art and cultural programs throughout the region over the next year.

LEO is one of 38 ArtPlace national grant recipients this year. ArtPlace is a 10-year collaboration among several foundations, federal agencies, and financial institutions working to position arts and culture as a core component of community planning and development. To learn more see www.artplaceamerica.org. For further information about the program, contact LEO at leolibraries@gmail.com.