COLUMBUS, Ohio (August 18, 2020) – In honor of major milestones in women’s history and the centennial of the 19th Amendment that granted women the right to vote on August 18, 1920, Ohio. Find It Here. developed a . Eight stops in eight different Ohio cities, both urban and rural, provide travelers and history buffs the opportunity to experience Ohio’s strong connection to the women’s suffrage movement.
"Celebrating women who through dedication and personal sacrifice achieved great things, like women’s suffrage, is the goal of our Ohio. Find It Here. Women in History Road Trip," said Lydia Mihalik, Director of the Ohio Development Services Agency. "Many trail-blazing women have, and do, call Ohio home and we are better because of it."
Mihalik made history herself by becoming the first woman to hold the post of Mayor of the City of Findlay, Ohio, taking office in 2012 as the 55th mayor. While holding office, Mihalik bolstered job creation, improved delivery of city services to residents and focused on flood mitigation.
"The women in history road trip is an educational excursion that explores Ohio’s rich history." said Matt MacLaren, director of Ohio. Find It Here. "It is the perfect road trip for this summer as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage."
Stops on the Ohio. Find It Here include:
- (Archbold, OH) – Travel back in time from 1803 through the 1920’s at Sauder Village’s 1920’s Main Street Experience, which opens to the public on August 15, 2020.
- (Oberlin, OH) – Marvel at Oberlin College’s beautiful campus and explore the first college in America to grant undergraduate degrees to women in a coeducational program and the first to adopt a policy to admit students of color. Guided tours are available on a limited basis.
- (Cleveland, OH) – With a mission of showcasing the history and culture of women in aviation & aerospace while inspiring future generations, The International Women’s Air and Space Museum is the best place to celebrate women who have reached new heights. Admission is free.
- (Warren, OH) – in 1919, Ohio became the fifth state to ratify the 19th Amendment and also passed a bill ensuring Ohio women's right to vote in the presidential election in November 1920. Learn about the history behind the Amendment and the struggles it took to achieve woman’s suffrage at the Upton House and Women’s Suffrage Museum.
- (Canton, OH) – Located in the home of First Lady Ida Saxton-McKinley, learn about the wives of the chief executives and how the position of First Lady has changed over time.
- (Columbus, OH) – Abigail Adams famously told her husband to “Remember the ladies,” and you can honor that sentiment by visiting the Ohio Statehouse Museum Ladies’ Gallery. Discover Ohio’s role in the suffrage movement and historical clothes and banners. The Ohio Statehouse Museum is currently closed to visitors, but self-guided tours of the Ohio Statehouse are open.
- (Greenville, OH) – Born and raised in Darke County, Ohio, Annie Oakley rose to fame through her physical athleticism and ability to excel in a man’s world. Learn more about the first American female superstar at the Garst Museum.
- (Cincinnati, OH) – Visit the home of activist and author Harriet Beecher Stowe to celebrate her life, family and legacy. The museum will host multiple events and exhibits celebrating women, including Ohio Women Vote: 100 Years of Change, Women’s Suffrage: Myth & Reality and a Cincinnati Suffrage Walking Tour. Tours are available by appointment.
Be sure to check each location before visiting for any amended procedures and visiting hours as well as the safety requirements to keep employees and visitors safe.
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About Ohio. Find It Here. Operating within the state of Ohio’s Development Services Agency, Ohio. Find It Here. works to position Ohio as a destination of choice to enrich lives through authentic travel experiences. The Ohio. Find It Here. brand supports Ohio’s multibillion-dollar tourism industry. In 2019, the tourism industry captured a record-breaking $48 billion in visitor spending and welcomed 226 million visitors into and within the state. The industry also supported 431,000 Ohio jobs. For more information, visit .
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