The 19th Amendment @ 100!

The year 2020 commemorates the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution. The amendment granted women the right to vote in local, state, and national elections. This was a significant turning point for women’s rights. While gaining the right to vote was their primary focus, activists also sought to free women from all of the gender-based societal restraints.

The organized push for women’s voting rights began in the U.S. in 1848 and became known as the Suffrage Movement. It took the efforts of three generations of dedicated suffragists to pass the 19th Amendment on August 18, 1920.

This exhibition highlights how the women of the United States won change and how the women of Cornwall impacted not only the struggle for suffrage; but how they used their power to effect change in their world and ours. It also shares the story of the division in Cornwall between women in favor of suffrage and those against it.

This exhibition opens to the public on Saturday, July 4, and will continue until October 17, 2020. Admission is free and everyone is welcome!



The Cornwall Historical Society will be open on Saturdays ONLY from 10 – 4.

In keeping with COVID-19 best practices, the Cornwall Historical Society will be observing social distancing and wearing a face covering. Face masks will be available for visitors if one is needed. Visitors will be limited to 7 visitors in the building at a time in order to maintain social distancing guidelines.

The Society will be open on Saturdays ONLY from 10 to 4.


The Cornwall Historical Society is not open to the public Monday – Friday, but staff and volunteers are on-site. To schedule an appointment with the Historical Society for research or other purposes, please email us at


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