Suffragettes Walking Tour offered in DC by National Women’s History Museum
By Miranda Halpin
The history of Women's Rights in America, and of World War I are directly linked.
Now, to help tell that story, there is a new hidden treasure for those who live near Washington DC or for those visiting: a walking tour presented by The National Women’s History Museum is now occurring every other week on Friday and once a month on Saturday.
The tour begins at the Ulysses S. Grant memorial on the national mall and ends just in front of the White House, in between over three hundred years of history in the making. The tour makes stops by the Newsuem, temperance water fountain, and even Pershing Park, the location of the upcoming World War One memorial!
Follow the footsteps of suffragettes Alice Paul, Ida B. Wells, and so many others as the guide recounts their war time efforts to win the vote. The tour features content for children and adults, they also have alternative walking routes for handicapped individuals who rely on their service dog. Here are some photos from the last tour, which happened Friday the 13.
Some of the highlights included the Trump Hotel, which could be seen in the original 1913 suffragette parade as the post office, which still runs via the park service for those who wish to climb the tower. The original temperance fountain put in by the Christian Temperance movement. The treasury building, which is where the parade would have ended in 1913, along with the original photos of her stand-ins in which she was dressed as Columbia.
The tour discusses how the Great War played such a major role and had such a great for those attempting to gain suffrage as well as perspectives of those who opposed their fight. All in all, for ten dollars a tourist or even a local gets a good taste of what the opposite side of the war was like for those on the home front.
Here is their website for more information on their upcoming tours. https://www.womenshistory.org/
Consider lending them your support as they work to build the first national women’s museum here in Washington D.C.. here in Washington.
Miranda Halpin is a Summer 2018 Intern with the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission.