Walking in the Footsteps of Susan Dana … From Suffrage to Equal Rights

A Walk-A-Thon to educate and raise funds in support of the Dana-Thomas House Foundation.
Saturday, August 7, 9 AM – Noon. Southwind Park, 4965 S 2nd St, Springfield, IL 62703. Event staged from the “Tree-less Tree House”

Explore the path that our Illinois heroines took to give women, and later women of color, the right to vote. Please join us to walk in the footsteps of key figures in the Illinois women’s suffrage movement from 1818-2018, as their disappointments and multiple challenges are re-enacted along the way by members of the Springfield theater community — Roni Betts, Pat Foster, Kathryn Harris, Carrie Kincaid, Traci Petro, Dennis Rendleman and Linda Schneider.

All ages are welcome to walk this fun and educational 2.5 miles, stopping at 5 stations and learning along the way.

The Justice Bell – a symbol of the women’s suffrage movement – pealed in jubilation on Independence Square on September 25,1920. This bell, a replica of the Liberty Bell with an inscription to “Establish Justice,” had traveled with its clapper chained silent through every county in Pennsylvania in 1915 to rally support for a statewide referendum on women’s voting rights. The Pennsylvania referendum failed, and the Justice Bell remained silent. The adoption of the 19th Amendment on August 26, 1920, extended voting rights to women nationwide. A month later, suffragists and politicians gathered on Independence Square for speeches, pageantry, and the jubilant pealing of the Justice Bell.

The bell was rung 48 times, once for every state.

Children 12 & under. Free
Adult walk $20

Sponsors $250
Sponsorship includes: Name/Logo on pre-event advertising and social media, name/logo advertised at the event, name/logo on this website posting and in the Foundation newsletter.

Note: Time on event detail tab is Greenwich meantime. The event is August 7, 9 AM – Noon Central Daylight Time.

The gold-white-purple horizontal tricolor became the flag of the American suffrage movement. In 1913, Alice Paul and Lucy Burns had founded the “Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage”, but in 1917 it was renamed The National Woman’s Party (NWP).

Sponsored by Cherri L. Williams, Realtor| Broker, Coldwell Banker, Springfield
Town & Country Bank, Springfield

Additional support from Michael and Linda Dunbar

  • August 7, 2021
  • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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