The local celebration actually started during Hailey’s Fourth of July Parade.
STORY AND PHOTO BY KAREN BOSSICK
‘The Idaho Women’s 100 Kickoff Event will take place at noon Friday, March 13, in downtown Hailey. Another will take place in Ketchum at the same time.
The event commemorates the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, giving most women in America the right to vote.
The Ketchum event will start at noon at Ketchum Town Square.
Hailey’s event will also start at noon. Participants will gather in front of the Hailey Public Library and march to the Old County Courthouse where a Governor’s Proclamation celebrating Idaho Women’s Day will be read.
Speakers will also speak to the occasion.
At 12:30 p.m. participants will ring bells, including the large bell at Emmanuel Episcopal Church. The bell ringing is a symbolic gesture that unites all Idahoans in commemorating the right of women to vote.
“This is a big day for our country and for all the women who make it great,” said organizer Bob McLeod, president of the Blaine County Historical Museum. “We hope everyone takes a moment to join us in ringing a bell to celebrate.”
Numerous events commemorating the passage of the 19th Amendment will be held around the state during 2020, organized by the Idaho Women in Leadership and the Idaho State Historical Society. Among them exhibits on Idaho’s “First, First Family” and “Miss Fletcher’s Botany Expedition” in the Idaho State Capitol.
Questions? Call the library at 208-788-2036 or the museum at 208-788-1801.’
If you attend, please remember pandemic social distancing guidelines and keep three feet apart from each other. -dayle