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Nevada is home to many buildings and monuments that played an important role in the women’s rights movement.
From the historic V&T Railroad touring car that ferried Progressive Era suffragettes statewide, to the Lemaire store at Battle Mountain that served as a key meeting place for suffragettes, these historic resources represent a significant moment history for women seeking equal opportunity in the Silver State.
Commissioned in 2020 and funded by the National Park Service, “Historical Background to Women’s Suffrage and Rights in Nevada” is now available online. This cultural resource guide helps identify significant places in Nevada that have played a vital role in women’s history.
“The legacy of those who championed the women’s rights movement in Nevada is a vital part of our unique state’s history,” said Rebecca Palmer, Administrator of the Nevada State Historic Preservation Office. “Nevada is full of historical and cultural ties to the past. By recognizing the iconic landmarks that helped shape the direction of women’s suffrage and other milestones, we can ensure that these remarkable stories will be preserved and shared with future generations.
“This context provides a comprehensive overview of Nevada women’s political activism during the state’s formative years,” says Nevada historian Dana Bennett, who helped develop the historical context. “By identifying leaders, meeting places and campaign stops – particularly during women’s long fight for the right to vote – this context demonstrates that Nevada’s story is not complete without considering the activities women across the state.”
Developed by the Nevada State Historic Preservation Office, this dynamic resource is designed to help:
· Identify places and resources related to the suffrage and women’s rights movements in Nevada;
· Assess these places and resources to determine their significance using an established assessment framework; and
· Support the efforts of groups seeking to add related buildings or sites to the National Register of Historic Places.
Designation with the National Register can increase visibility, provide access to funding, and improve educational and interpretive opportunities for places identified as historically significant.
For more information and to see the historical context, visit https://shpo.nv.gov/women’s-history
This project was partially funded by the Underrepresented Communities Grant Program of the Historic Preservation Fund, National Park Service, and Department of the Interior. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed herein do not constitute an endorsement or necessarily reflect the views of the Department of the Interior or the United States Government.