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19th Amendment Commission

Public Commission Meeting
Date: Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Maryland State Archives
350 Rowe Blvd.
Annapolis, Maryland 21401
Contact: (410) 260-6443

New educational document packet produced by the Maryland State Archives on behalf of the Commission

Authorized in July 2013, the Commission on the Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Passage of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution seeks to: develop a plan for commemorating the events that occurred in Maryland connected to women's suffrage and the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution; assemble an inventory of sites in Maryland that are significant to the suffrage movement; develop a strategy to encourage tourism related to the commemoration; and foster collaboration between federal, state, county and municipal organizations with regard to commemorative programming.

The Commission seeks research and volunteer assistance related to all aspects of its mission. Any organization or individual wishing to contribute to the commemoration of the passage of the 19th Amendment in Maryland, please contact your local Commissioner to volunteer information or assistance.

photo of 19th amendment members and girl scouts19th Amendment Commissioners Singh, Bailey, Fitzsimmons, Oland Squires, Sharper and Hughes with members of Girl Scout Troop 598 at the Westminster historic marker unveiling on May 4, 2019.

On January 16, 2018, The Governor’s Commission on the Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Passage of the 19th Amendment to the United States held their monthly meeting in Annapolis, Maryland. The Commission’s Chair, Dr. Linda L Singh, Adjutant General of Maryland presided over the meeting. A special project presentation entitled “The Maryland Women’s Suffrage Movement” was given by Ms. Kathy Rohn, an intern of The Maryland Historical Trust and recent graduate of University of Maryland with a double Master's Degree in Community Planning and Historic Preservation. Major General Singh recognized Ms. Rohn for the special research project of the Maryland Women’s Suffrage Movement with the “Challenge Coin” which is given to a Unit Commander or an individual in recognition of special achievement by that individual. Thereafter, the members were invited to attend a session of the Maryland General Assembly. Senator Kathy Klausmeier introduced Major General Singh, Staff and Commission Committee Chairs to the 2018 Maryland General Assembly Senate Session. Following the session, a productive working lunch meeting was held to plan upcoming women suffrage’s movement events.

photo of January 2018 meetingJanuary 16, 2018, monthly meeting in Annapolis, Maryland.
Ratified by two-thirds of the states by August 1920, the 19th Amendment to the United State Constitution gave women the right to vote in the United States. This Executive Commission is authorized by Chapter 603, Acts of 2013 (Code State Government Article, sec. 9-300) and chaired by the Honorable Major General Linda L. Singh. Authorization for the Task Force extends through October 31, 2020. To become a volunteer with the Commission, please contact your local Commissioner.

September 2019 Unveiling of a New Highway Marker

Photo of Members of the 19th Amendment Commission in front of the Suffrage Motorcade Highway MarkerOn September 28, 2019, members of the 19th Amendment Commission unveiled a new historic marker in Historic St. Mary's City to commemorate the Margaret Brent Pilgrimage in support of women's suffrage in 1915.


March 2018 Unveiling of a New Highway Marker

Photo of Members of the 19th Amendment Commission in front of the Suffrage Motorcade Highway MarkerThe Commission on the Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution in conjunction with the city of Hyattsville, Maryland, unveiled a new highway marker March 3, 2018. The marker recognizes the couriers to Congress who gathered on July 31, 1913, from across the nation, carrying 75,000 signatures demanding the immediate action on a constitutional amendment enfranchising women. They gathered at the Hyattsville baseball park, now Melrose Park, for a rally. The Suffrage motorcade paraded in 60 automobiles to the U.S. Capital to deliver the petitions to the Senate. The 19th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified in August 1920 and granted women the right to vote.

View Additional Photos from the Event


February 2018 Interview with Major General Linda Singh


Commission Chair Major General Linda Singh discusses the upcoming anniversary


Kickoff Event: Historic Suffrage Marker Unveiling (June 9, 2014)

Members of the 19th Amendment Commission and the Maryland Commission for Women at the historic marker unveiling

Members of the 19th Amendment Commission and the Maryland Commission for Women at the historic marker unveiling in Overlea, MD on June 9, 2014.

Marker in Overlea commemorating historic women's suffrage march through Maryland in February 1913 which was unveiled by the 19th Amendment Commission

Marker in Overlea commemorating historic women's suffrage march through Maryland in February 1913 which was unveiled by the 19th Amendment Commission on June 9, 2014.

Members of the 19th Amendment Commission and the Maryland Commission for Women at the historic marker unveiling

Members of the 19th Amendment Commission and Maryland Commission for Women receiving proclamations during the June 9, 2014 historic marker unveiling ceremony.



Chair:

Dr. Linda Singh
Major General (ret)
Kaleidoscope Affect LLC
Mailing: 3540 Crain Hwy #518
Bowie, MD 20716
Office: 240-544-7293
Lsingh@kaleidoscopeaffect.com

Commission Members and Representatives:

Diana Bailey
Maryland Women's Heritage Center
P.O. Box 719
Brooklandville, MD 21022
mwhcdiana@gmail.com

Katie M. Caljean
Vice President, Educational Initiatives
Maryland Historical Society
201 West Monument Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
410.685.3750 x337
kcaljean@mdhs.org

Elizabeth Hughes
Director and State Historic Preservation Officer
Maryland Historical Trust
Maryland Department of Planning
100 Community Pl.
Crownsville, MD 21032-2023
(410) 697-9556
elizabeth.hughes@maryland.gov

Honorable Cheryl C. Kagan
James Senate Office Building, Room 203
11 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3134, (301) 858-3134
cheryl.kagan@senate.state.md.us

Honorable Ariana B. Kelly
House Office Building, Room 210
6 Bladen St.
Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3642, (301) 858-3642
ariana.kelly@house.state.md.us

Honorable Katherine A. Klausmeier
James Senate Office Building, Room 103
11 Bladen St.
Annapolis, MD 21301
(410) 841-3620, (301) 858-3620
katherine.klausmeier@senate.state.md.us

Diettra J. Lucas
Maryland State Conference, NAACP
603 New Orchard Pl.
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
301-346-5535
Diettra.Lucas@outlook.com

Honorable Susan K. McComas
House Office Building, Room 319
6 Bladen St.
Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3272, (301) 858-3272
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3272 (toll free)
susan.mccomas@house.state.md.us

Cynthia Miller
Department of Commerce
Director Strategic Partnerships
Tourism, Film, & the Arts
401 East Pratt St.
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 767-6266
cynthiad.miller@maryland.gov

Roberta Sharper
League of Women Voters
3731 Nortonia Rd
Baltimore, MD, 21216
410-624-3144
robertasharper@verizon.net

Emily Oland Squires
Maryland State Archives
350 Rowe Blvd.
Annapolis, MD 21401
410-260-6443
emily.squires@maryland.gov

Evelyne Steward
240-338-4095
evelyneSsteward@gmail.com

Ummu Bradley Thomas
Maryland Commission for Women
6031 University Blvd, Ste. 300
Ellicott City, MD 21043
(410) 750-6790
freddiebelljones@gmail.com


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