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Block party celebrates 100 years of women voting in Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Thousands of people across Indiana are kicking off “The Suffrage Centennial Block Party” Saturday morning to celebrate 100 years of Hoosier women voting.

The block party is the culmination of a year’s worth of celebrations organized by six Indiana organizations including: Indiana Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission, Indiana Historical Society, Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Indiana Humanities, Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites and Indiana State House Tour Office.

The Suffrage Commission was created specifically for this year’s celebrations.

“It is so special that we have these six organizations coming together. It shows our collaborative spirit here in Indiana,” said Leah Nahmias with Indiana Humanities.

Each organization will host unique events throughout the week including free talks, parties, workshops and happy hours. These events will be both in person and virtual.

Attendees can register for a free Suffrage Bag party toolkit with everything needed to put together a great block party. One thousand kits have been handed out so far, but public programs manager at the Indiana Historical Society, Callie McCune, says there are still about 100 left. Those can be picked up at the Indiana Historical Society or the Indiana State Museum while supplies last.

The Suffrage Centennial Block Party takes place from Saturday, Aug. 29 to Friday, Sept. 4.

A full schedule of events can be found here.

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