Representing Suffragettes as costumed interpreters


Portraying 1908-ish suffragettes at the Strawbery Banke Musuem in Portsmouth NH

Kate Ouimette '19, Student

Major: History, Public History, Archives and Museums Nexus

July 4th Museum event: Strawbery Banke Museum

Over the summer, the Special Events Coordinator at the Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth NH got in touch with me (we are both in the same 16th-century reenactment group) and said she was putting on a timeline event for the 4th of July.

All of the groups coming were portraying military history, and she wanted to put together a group to represent women's history. So two weeks before the event, she somehow pulled together several women to come and be costumed interpreters, portraying 1908-ish suffragettes. We spent the day in the orchard at SBM, campaigning for the vote, and talking about women's history in general.