On the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote, another 100-year struggle to gain constitutional equality through ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment for women is one state away from passage. Modern-day suffragists around the country have united to make equal legal in 2020. We’ll explore efforts both here in Minnesota and around the U.S., finally, to amend an ERA into our state and federal constitutions.
Based on his 2018-2019 oral history project, "We Won't Go, and We Don't Want You to Go Either," Peter Simmons will talk about Minnesotans who, during 1967-1970, took part in raids on Selective Service offices (draft boards) in Minnesota and elsewhere, aiming to cripple the ability of the government to to conscript young American's into the military during the never-declared Vietnam war.
Vicki Mickelson is a retired educator with thirty-eight years experience in the classroom, most of them in the Minneapolis Public Schools. Her writing journey began in Anna Maria, Florida, her winter haven. Proudly, she offers seven published books of poetry, including Island Attitudes, nominated for a Minnesota Book Award in 2016, to her readers. Vicki’s poetry is inspired by life’s feats and daily observations and resonates human frailties and achievements. Her six grandchildren fuel her energy for writing. She lives in Rosemount, Minnesota.
Minneapolis Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery (formerly Layman’s) is the oldest existing cemetery in Minneapolis and the first in Minnesota to have been listed as an individual landmark in the National Register of Historic Sites. The cemetery’s first burial took place in 1853, five years before statehood. In addition to recognizing the significance of the cemetery’s built environment, its listing in the National Register acknowledges the contributions made by those who are buried there to the city and state’s history. It is the final resting place of abolitionists, military veterans fr