Sunday, August 23, 2020


Centennial of Suffrage: A Concert Commemorating the 19th Amendment

Grand Lodge - Pat's Corner

5:30 pm doors, 6:30 pm program

All ages welcome

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Due to COVID and staffing changes, this event has been postponed indefinitely.

About Centennial of Suffrage: A Concert Commemorating the 19th Amendment

Centennial of Suffrage: A Concert Commemorating the 19th Amendment

Presented by Cece Otto, classically trained singer, composer, and historian

In 1920, the United States ratified the 19th Amendment, officially granting women the right to vote after over 70 years of protests, conventions, and rallies. Music was a pivotal component of the movement in getting the word out about the cause, as well as boosting morale for women who were on the front lines. Hear the songs that capture the mood of Americans on both sides of the suffrage debate, and learn about the iconic women who fought for their most fundamental political rights.

Centennial of Suffrage reaches back more than a century, to when pioneering women launched a wide-ranging reform movement that would bear fruit in many aspects of American life, most notably in the struggle for women's enfranchisement. Hear how the movement began by adopted familiar tunes with new lyrics reflecting the suffrage cause, such as "Keep Woman in Her Sphere," set to the tune of "Auld Lang Syne." By the 20th century, Tin Pan Alley began turning out suffrage-themed songs, leading to a wave of popular tunes like "I'm Going to Be a Suffragette" and, on the other side of the debate, "The Anti-Suffrage Rose."

Through a mix of story, song and humor, Cece Otto shines a new light on an important period of history, and commemorates some of our country's most determined and bravest women.

About the Speaker:
Cecelia "Cece" Otto is a classically trained singer, composer, international best-selling author and historian who has performed in venues all over the world both as a soloist and in ensemble. In 2013, she completed her cross-country musical journey, An American Songline, performing 30 concerts of historic vintage music on venues along the Lincoln Highway. Cece then went on to create other historical programs such as The Songs of World War I. She is currently touring with a program about the women's suffrage movement and developing a concert program about Prohibition, which will debut in 2021. She lives in Portland, Oregon, and has written books and recorded albums based on her research.

About Grand Lodge History Pub

Grand Lodge History Pub

These monthly, free events are open to everyone interested in Oregon and Pacific Northwest history. Co-sponsored by like-minded historical and civic organizations, we bring you experts, scholars, first-person experiencers and historians who expound on topics from Lewis and Clark to shipwrecks, hop growing to women pioneers and far, far beyond. It's like being back in the classroom - except this time you get to settle into comfortable seats and enjoy a drink or two with dinner while you listen and learn.

This event is eligible for a History Pub Stamp