Historical Markers |
My project is to mark a women's suffrage
site in Thurston County on the
Littlerock Elementary School grounds.
The project marks where women's votes were first counted in a general election
(1870) in what was to become Washington State. The marker is now in place, in
time to join the 100th anniversary of national women's suffrage, even though for
our eight Littlerock women and the State of Washington, it is the 150th
As part of the national and statewide recognition of this historic
event, we will host a celebration for our school kids to remember! We are also
sponsoring the Voting in Littlerock History Contest for Kids!
As you will see by clicking the link below, all the
kindergarten through sixth grade students in the Littlerock Elementary School
catchment area are encouraged to enter. This contest is a judged
art and essay contest devised by Shirley Stirling with two age group
categories having first, second, and third places. Each of the six
winners will receive a monetary prize.
Voting in Littlerock History Contest for Kids!
On October 17, 2020, the dedication of our marker will be part of
the statewide women's suffrage centennial celebration. This celebration
is part of the larger Washington Women's History Consortium within the
State Historical Society, from which we were awarded a Centennial Grant.
Kim Wyman, our Secretary of State, will be our keynote speaker at the
We are honored to have Shanna Stevenson, the author of Women’s
Votes, Women’s Voice: The Campaign for Equal Rights in Washington, and
an advisor on the board of the Governor's Women's Commission,
consulting with us on the project. The
Tumwater School District
is our official partner, collaborator, and all-around facilitator. A
local contractor, Seth Iversen, moved and gently placed the boulder for
us as his contribution to the marker, forever to be part of the
Littlerock Elementary School grounds where his children attended. Shane Jewell and
his wife Macy Jewell, of
Reflections Custom Etching are the
artists who inscribed the story of the election day, June 6, 1870, into the boulder.
You can watch the story in a short YouTube video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTHLEBHLbhI&t=12s Chuck Hornbuckle, also
Littlerock neighbor, is our consulting local historian and steadfast supporter.
Shirley Stirling also wrote a short play called "Women Deliver
the Vote - The True Story of 1870." This play was recently performed
outside the Tenino Depot Museum during the Annual Pioneer Village in
Tenino, Washington. You can watch the 24 minute presentation
on YouTube at
Besides the Washington State Historical Society, the Office of the Secretary
of State, our state universities, and the Northwest Museum of Arts &
Culture contributed to this historic celebration. Even
with these vast resources, there are mysteries of the
1870 Littlerock vote that we are researching. We hope
to make some small contribution to the knowledge surrounding these
revolutionary times and the lasting permanence of our
The members of the Tumwater Falls Chapter of DAC are dedicated and expert researchers,
as well as goodwill ambassadors to the Littlerock community on
behalf of DAC and our marker project. We strive to develop lasting
partnerships with the community, the county, and the state to the
future benefit of all. One year after women’s suffrage was won for all
women in our nation, the founding of our National Society gives us a focus.
The continuing development of our patriotic, historical, and educational
goals will serve to honor our colonial ancestors, warriors, scholars,
teachers, and community leaders.
Diane Smith, Washington State Regent
Shirley Stirling, Project Manager
Venue: Outdoors at the Littlerock Elementary
Type of Event: Historical Monument dedication
Size of event: approximately 50 people.
Date/Length: 1 hour on Saturday October 17, 2020
starting at 2 PM.
Protections: All people present, other than
children under two years of age, are required to wear masks and
encouraged to wear gloves. If unable to wear a mask due to medical or
other reasons, they cannot attend the event. We will have 50 masks
available in case people arrive without a mask.
Contact Tracing: All attendees must process
through one of two registration tables and are requested to provide
their name and contact information, in the case of a need for contact
tracing, as well as answering the COVID-19 questions regarding health
Hand Sanitizer: Hand sanitizer will be available
at each of the two registration tables and on stage for the speakers.
Cleaning: Each pen will be used once and then
placed away, in a separate container to be cleaned/sanitized. One member
of the organization will be in charge of overseeing the cleaning of
microphones or anything else that need sanitizing.
Thermometers: Temperatures may be taken near the
registration tables. People will be advised to attend only if they meet
the temperature and other COVID-19 requirements/questions.
Chairs: Chairs will be placed six feet apart.
Families/couples can move closer.
Symptoms: If someone at the event develops
symptoms, we will immediately isolate them with a mask and immediately
call for medical advice.
Exiting: We will ask people to exit one row at a
Example of distance: We will give people some
sort of idea of what it will mean to allow a six feet distance.
Posters: We will post relevant signs as directed
by Thurston County Health Department.
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