Here is a quick “summary in numbers” about how our grant-funded project Missouri Hanna and the Suffrage Movement has spread throughout Snohomish County.
$13,000 in Grants—
Provided from the Washington State Centennial “Votes for Women” Grant and the Snohomish County Historical Commission.
2,680 Third Graders—
Have heard the story thus far. School districts were: Edmonds, Mukilteo, Everett, Marysville, Monroe, Arlington, Darrington, Sultan, Lake Stevens, Snohomish, and Sultan.
Over the past four months invited us to read the true story Around America to Win the Vote: Two Suffragists, a Kitten, and 10,000 Miles to their students. (A few Leaguers are going to their schools in February.)
38 LWVSC Volunteers—
Contacted schools and set up times to read to what they thought would be one third-grade class of children in the library. It often morphed into two or three classes of third graders, as librarians pleaded for more participation.
Four Projects Are Part of the Grants—
- Missouri Hanna interpretive panel on Sunset Avenue in Edmonds
- Reading suffrage story to third graders around the county (nearly done)
- Public Forum at the Edmonds Historical Museum on June 12, 2020
- Children’s Scavenger Hunt in Edmonds on June 26, 2020
One Person Was the Inspiration—
Missouri Hanna, Edmonds publisher and suffrage newsletter editor of Votes for Women
Grant expectations were exceeded. Thank you, League volunteers, for dedicating time to read to the students. Some of you wore costumes. Some added vocabulary words. Some took on multiple classes at once. Your persistence in making arrangements was greatly appreciated. Your creative preparations in reading the story inspired all of us!
Thank you to Vicki Roberts-Gassler for patiently editing every document and for encouraging me. Thank you, Karen Keenan, Karen Madsen, Cathy Liu Scott, and Kathy Prewitt for your technical and financial expertise. A special thank you to Phyllis Busch for reading at eight school libraries — two of them in Index and one two-room schoolhouse in Gold Bar.
Finally, good news: both the state and county accepted our progress reports and agreed to reimburse all invoices for these projects. Hooray — the LWVSC treasury will return to normal!
I am so grateful for all your support. It has been fun educating others. What a surprise to find so few knew about women’s suffrage. Our LWVSC Centennial Committee and our many volunteers changed that. What would Missouri Hanna think?
Rita Ireland, Grant Coordinator