Special Event

Women's Suffrage Centennial Celebration

Monday, June 10, 2019

Noon - TBD

EnlargeTheodora Youmans Holding Wisconsin Flag

Theodora Youmans Holding Wisconsin Flag


Witness the unveiling of the original 19th amendment!

Join the Wisconsin Historical Society at the State Capitol for a 100-year anniversary celebration of Wisconsin being the first state to ratify the 19th amendment, giving women the right to vote.

See the original 19th amendment document, hear from speakers and much more. 

Schedule of Events
12:00-1:00 pm
Welcome from First Lady of Wisconsin, Kathy Evers
Unveiling of the 19th Amendment - Christian Overland
Speaker - Honorable Rebecca Kleefisch, Executive Director of the Women's Suffrage Centennial Commission
Speaker - Honorable Justice Ann Walsh Bradley
12:00 - 10:00 pm

ONE DAY ONLY! Public viewing of original 19th amendment document, a tunic and small array of buttons and sashes.

The event is free and open to the public.

On the morning of June 10, 1919, 76-year-old former state senator David James of Richland Center came to Madison to witness the state legislature vote on the 19th Amendment. By day’s end, he was on a train racing to Washington, DC, with official ratification documents in hand. He needed to deliver the documents to the US State Department in order to make Wisconsin the first state to officially ratify the 19th Amendment.


Wisconsin State Capitol
2 E. Main Street
Madison, WI 53703