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Vivian Deno to Speak at Museum

Vivian Deno, a faculty member of Butler University, will be presenting at the Wabash County Museum for their upcoming History Hunters event to be held on Tuesday, March 10th from 6pm to 7pm in the Crystal Gayle Theater located within the Museum.

To recognize the centennial of the Indiana Women’s Suffrage movement and continue the collaborative programming with the Wabash Carnegie Public Library for 2020 themed around Explore Home, Deno will be sharing her talk on suffragists and “public” women, discussing the history of representation, activism, and Wikipedia as vehicles for explaining the rights of women.

The talk will focus on many women who made a difference in women’s rights, like Ida Husted Harper who was instrumental in writing the first social history in the U.S., The History of Woman Suffrage (1881). Beyond suffrage, Deno will also be sharing stories of activist women from the 20th and 21st century, focusing on those who changed the world for women and those who continue to shape the path for women today.

Deno shares, “This talk draws connections between suffragists efforts to memorialize their work for the franchise at the turn of the last century with the need to engage with Wikipedia and locations of history making to work to ensure the inclusion of diverse groups and individuals as well as perspectives. This talk draws on the history of Indiana and Hoosier suffrage and women’s rights histories as a case study.”

History Hunters will occur monthly on the second Tuesday of each month from 6pm to 7pm at the Wabash County Museum and are free and open to the public thanks to a generous sponsorship by Grandstaff Hentgen Funeral Services, Inc. Future presentations will be announced in the near future and those interested can keep up to date by visiting the Museum’s website at



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