Shelby Historian Presents Richland County's Suffrage Heroes

  • 3/12/2018 8:10:28 PM
  • Jesse Smith
  • Local News

SHELBY, OH - On Monday night, local historian Christina Yetzer-Drain held a presentation on several local women from Richland County's past that were key figures in the suffragist movements of the early 1900s. A small crowd gathered in the Marvin Memorial Library basement to watch the presentation, which was exhaustively researched by Yetzer-Drain over a period of several years.

"I love stories that haven't been told yet, and this is such a neat story to be able to tell," she said. "I mean, 50 women in the Suffrage Movement, just in Shelby - that's a lot. It was only a town of 5,000 people. It was a very big part of Shelby history. There were over 600 women - according to the newspaper articles - that were working in Shelby, yet they had no rights to keep their earnings. That time frame was just an incredible time for those women to live through, and I'm really glad I'm able to tell their story."

Yetzer-Drain plans to publish the presentation online at a later time after compiling the rest of her findings. For more information on the Marvin Memorial Library or its programs, visit their website.

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