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Join us in celebrating Susan B. Anthony’s 200th birthday!

Suffrage Artist in Residence Madeline Hansen will lead a day-long celebration honoring this leader in the movement for women’s right to vote. Over the course of the day, members of the public will participate in “The Cabinet Meeting” a reader’s theater play based on the premise that Susan B. Anthony is elected President and appoints a diverse set of accomplished women to her cabinet. Participants will read the play aloud under the direction of Madeline Hansen. The public is invited to participate in the reading, enjoy a piece of birthday cake, and sign Susan B. Anthony’s birthday card. The play will take place in the Great Room, which will be specially decorated for the occasion.

Claim your place in the cast! Scripts range from a couple of sentences to a page and a half. Individual registration is available at the link provided. To inquire about participating as part of a group or organization, please call Hennepin History Museum at 612-870-1329.


$8 / $5 Seniors & Students / free for Museum members

About the Presenter: 

Madeline Hansen is Suffrage Artist in Residence at Hennepin History Museum. Over thirty years of civic engagement give Madeline a unique perspective from which to share the Women’s Suffrage story with her audiences.  In the 1980s, she led Michigan’s 7000 members of the National Organization for Women as their State President. She then moved to Minnesota, where the Saint Paul League of Women Voters tapped her to be their Executive Director.  

Madeline’s passion for women’s history inspired her first play, “The Cabinet Meeting,” in which Susan B. Anthony is elected U.S. President and assembles a diverse cabinet of accomplished women. She later established a second home in Seneca Falls, New York where she served on its comprehensive planning board.  Currently, Madeline is dedicated to sharing Minnesota’s rich suffrage legacy–as home to America’s first 19th Amendment voters– through research, public celebrations, and the arts. 

This program is part of Hennepin History Museum’s “Suffrage Saturday” series, which explores the themes of women’s suffrage through short presentations and hands-on activities. These programs are offered on the third Saturday of each month from November 2019 through June 2020. 

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