Historical Tours and Speakers Series
7335 Garden Lane
Portage, MI (269) 329-4522
Phone: (269) 329-4522
You may have heard of national leaders such as Susan B. Anthony and the role that the Declaration of Sentiments played in advocating for national woman suffrage. Suffrage activities existed on the local and state level as well. Mary Pengelly cast the first vote in a municipal election in Kalamazoo. Caroline Bartlett Crane advocated for suffrage at the local level but was also connected with leadership at the state and national level. Learn about these local leaders in the suffrage movement. Dr. Sharon Carlson's dissertation focused on Women's Organizations in West Michigan. Some of the leadership of these organizations also became leaders in the suffrage movement. Dr. Carlson is the director of the Zhang Legacy Collections Center at Western Michigan University.