Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Celebrate suffrage at the Pueblo Heritage Museum, plus more events this week

Posted By on Wed, Aug 28, 2019 at 1:00 AM

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Colorado Women Are Citizens exhibit

On display 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through September 2020, see website for special events, Pueblo Heritage Museum, 201 W. B St., Pueblo, free-$6, theheritagecenter.us

Colorado has sometimes been considered an “experimental” state, often passing or ratifying legislation ahead of the national curve. This was also true back in the 1890s, as the will of the people is written directly into our state’s Constitution. “A big reason that the Western states were the first to get women’s suffrage is just because we have an initiative process, where by popular vote we can actually change the laws of our state,” says Spencer Little, coordinator of the Pueblo Heritage Museum. “And in Colorado, of course, that’s still true.”

He believes that this is one of the many modern lessons to be learned from Colorado Women Are Citizens, a new exhibit presented by Pueblo Heritage Museum, League of Women Voters and Women’s Suffrage Centennial of Southern Colorado. Though Colorado granted women the vote in November 1893, long before the right became national law in 1920, the museum hopes this exhibit will help the region celebrate the 100-year anniversary of national women’s suffrage.

Among the exhibit’s exciting artifacts: an 1880s ballot box on loan from the Pueblo County Election Office, a collection of historic Singer sewing machines, real “Women Get the Vote” pins from the national movement, and even anti-suffrage propaganda postcards, featuring political cartoons about women abandoning their household duties.

The exhibit will be organized into four sections, one immortalizing failed suffrage movements started and led largely by men. The second section, Little says, “highlights when women won the vote in Colorado, and how that was largely led by women. And the reasons they were so successful was just a lot of networking.” He mentions women from Colorado history like Denver’s Minnie Reynolds, who got 75 percent of the Colorado press to support the cause, and Elizabeth Ensley, who persuaded a majority of African American men to vote for women’s rights.

The third section focuses on the national movement, and the final section showcases the do-it-yourself nature of the suffragettes. “We’re calling it the handmade movement,” Little says. “And how so much of this stuff was just grassroots activism. And that’s how women eventually won the vote. You know, they were famous for having, like, ‘Women Get the Vote’ sashes and pins and these suffragette flags. And all of these things were handmade.”

Though the exhibit opened to the public on Women’s Equality Day on Aug. 26, Little says there will be a variety of special events celebrating the exhibit during its run. First, a presentation on Aug. 31 at 1 p.m., hosted by historian Kathy DeHerrera (free admission to follow).

The Andrews Brothers

Fridays-Saturdays, 7 p.m., Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, 1 p.m., through Sept. 15, Butte Theater, 139 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek, $18-$21, buttetheater.com

The Andrews Sisters, a prominent vocal harmony group of the ‘30s and ‘40s, sang some of the nation’s best-loved songs, and often entertained soldiers overseas during World War II. In this musical, featuring some of their greatest hits and other songs of the era, the sisters fail to show up for a USO performance, causing a few stagehands to assume the role of the Andrews Brothers to ensure the show goes on. It should be a delightfully funny tribute to World War II veterans, with some great music intermixed. Presented by Mountain Rep Theatre.

Meggie & Laura: No One Can Hear You Scream

Aug. 30-31, 7:30 p.m., Funky Little Theater Company, 1367 Pecan St., $8, funkylittletheater.org

Chicago-based sketch comedians Meggie Gates and Laura Petro have written and performed in four sketch revues, and will now bring their terrifyingly funny show No One Can Hear You Scream to Funky’s stage for two nights only. Made up of sketches about all sorts of violent, horrifying and otherwise disturbing topics, No One Can Hear You Scream probably won’t actually scare you, but it’s almost guaranteed to give you a good laugh. The ladies of Unsupervised Improv will open the show.

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Commonwheel Labor Day Arts Festival

Aug. 31-Sept. 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Memorial Park, Manitou Springs, Manitou Avenue and El Paso Boulevard, free, commonwheel.com

Always our favorite way to spend the long Labor Day weekend, Commonwheel has it all. Browse booths hosted by regional artists, displaying and selling their fine arts and crafts, blow bubbles with your kids with the Millibo Art Theatre, enjoy an eclectic lineup of local music, eat some good food and celebrate the arts in Manitou Springs and beyond.

Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off

Aug. 31-Sept. 1, 6:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., balloon glow at 7:30 p.m.; Sept. 2, 6-10 a.m., Memorial Park, 1605 E. Pikes Peak Ave., free, coloradospringslabordayliftoff.com

Is there a sight more beautiful than hundreds of hot air balloons soaring in the sky over Colorado Springs on a cool summer morning? Or maybe you prefer the evening events of the Labor Day Lift Off, where those balloons, lit up in all colors, dot the grounds of Memorial Park. The Labor Day Lift Off is always an aesthetic celebration, but more than that it’s a fun family festival with daily events.

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