Under the expert advice of Dr. Margaret Spratt, consultant with Making History Matter, when we were building the LexArts Gallery HOP exhibit in the offices of the Lexington History Museum, we undertook a brief experiment with recording audio clips relating to Kentucky woman suffrage. We're thinking we want to do more, but would very much appreciate your feedback on the ones we currently have done. (Click on the links below to get to each of the recordings and details about each of them.)
- "It's Been a Long Way to Woman's Suffrage" - Sung in Lexington's Cheapside plaza after Kentucky's biggest suffrage parade on May 6, 1916.
- "Suffrage Song, to be sung to the tune of 'America'" - sung by two women in New Zealand using a flyer from perhaps 1915 that can be found in the archives at Western Kentucky University.
- Speech by Walter J. Millard at the Suffrage Open Air Meeting in Lexington at Cheapside, May 6, 1916 - an excerpt recorded by Foster Ockerman, Jr., President and Chief Historian at Lexington History Museum.
- Speech by Laura Clay on woman suffrage at the Kentucky Constitutional Convention, December 1890 - an excerpt recorded by Randolph Hollingsworth, Ph.D., University of Kentucky.
- Speech by Madeline McDwell Breckinridge at U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Rules, December 1913 - an excerpt recorded by Randolph Hollingsworth, Ph.D., University of Kentucky.
- Suffrage Parody of My Old Kentucky Home by Madeline McDowell Breckinridge - recorded by Randolph Hollingsworth, Ph.D., University of Kentucky.
- Excerpt from article by Lucy Wilmot Smith - recorded by Randolph Hollingsworth, Ph.D., University of Kentucky.
What do you think of these clips? Log in to H-Kentucky and reply to give us your feedback.
Would you be willing to record something? We have loads of primary sources that are just waiting for your voice to make them come alive! Write to us at email@example.com if you are willing to volunteer.