McMenamin’s Grand Lodge History Pub at Pat’s Corner


Aug 23 2020


Doors at 5:50pm
6:30 pm - 6:00 pm

**POSTPONED** Centennial of Suffrage: A Concert Commemorating the 19th Amendment


Free, outdoor, socially-distanced event.

Presented by Cece Otto, classically trained singer, composer, and historian

Music was a pivotal component of the suffrage movement in getting the word out about the cause, as well as boosting morale for women who were on the front lines. Hear the songs that capture the mood of Americans on both sides of the suffrage debate, and learn about the iconic women who fought for their most fundamental political rights.

Centennial of Suffrage reaches back more than a century, to when pioneering women launched a wide-ranging reform movement that would bear fruit in many aspects of American life, most notably in the struggle for women’s enfranchisement. Hear how the movement began by adopted familiar tunes with new lyrics reflecting the suffrage cause, such as “Keep Woman in Her Sphere,” set to the tune of “Auld Lang Syne.” By the 20th century, Tin Pan Alley began turning out suffrage-themed songs, leading to a wave of popular tunes like “I’m Going to Be a Suffragette” and, on the other side of the debate, “The Anti-Suffrage Rose.”

Through a mix of story, song and humor, Cece Otto shines a new light on an important period of history, and commemorates some of our country’s most determined and bravest women.

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