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Creating the Idaho Women’s Suffrage Commemorative Sculpture

Creating the Idaho Women’s Suffrage Commemorative Sculpture In-Person

Join Idaho State Historical Society’s Executive Director Janet L. Gallimore in a conversation about the journey to create the Idaho Women’s Suffrage Commemorative Sculpture.

A legacy of the 2020 Idaho Women 100: Courageous Past, Unlimited Future initiative, commemorating the passage of the 19th Amendment and women’s suffrage, this will be the first monument dedicated to women on the Idaho State House grounds. 

Irene Deely, the respected Idaho sculptor known for her figurative sculptures in bronze, is the project’s artist. Inspired in part by the Idaho State Seal, this woman walks metaphorically in the footsteps of those who came before and then hands off her shoe to the future. The piece will be dedicated in December of 2022. 

The Idaho Capitol Commission approved the sculpture for placement on the Idaho State Capitol grounds and it will become part of the Idaho State Historical Society’s collections, in the Capitol Collections portfolio.

In 1896, Idaho was the 4th state to grant its women suffrage through Idaho Senate Resolution 2. 

The Idaho Women’s Suffrage Commemorative Sculpture reminds all Idahoans of Idaho’s historic leadership as the 4th state to grant women suffrage and the 30th state to ratify the national women’s suffrage amendment; these were noble acts of justice by Idaho’s elected representatives.

This program will be livestreamed and available to watch later. Click here to watch online.

Tuesday, December 6, 2022
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Time Zone:
Mountain Time - US & Canada (change)
John A. and Carole O. Moran Lecture Hall
The Community Library
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Janet L. Gallimore joined the State of Idaho in 2007 as Executive Director and State Historic Preservation Officer of the Idaho State Historical Society. Under her direction, the Idaho State Historical Society contributed expertise for the 2010 restoration of the Idaho State Capitol, commemorated major state benchmarks such as the Idaho Territorial Sesquicentennial in 2013 and the anniversary of women’s suffrage in 2020; restored statewide historic sites, including the Stricker Ranch in Hansen, Idaho; and completely reimagined and opened the newest state museum in the country- the Idaho State Museum in Julia Davis Park. An $18 million project, the Idaho State Museum tells the story of Idaho’s land and its people in a compelling, inspiring manner. Gallimore has received numerous state and national awards, most recently the 2021 Idaho Business Review ICON Award.

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