ONLINE EVENT: New Discoveries in Nevada Suffrage, Railroad History

On February 7, 1920, Nevada Governor Emmet Boyle signed a resolution ratifying the 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States following a special session of the Nevada Legislature. Nevada became the 28th state to ratify the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed women the right to vote.

To commemorate this historic occasion, the Nevada Women’s History Project and the Nevada State Railroad Museum are partnering for an online presentation via Zoom on Thursday, July 2, at 6:30pm. Mona Reno of the NWHP will discuss the role of Nevada women in the push for suffrage in the state and across the United States. In addition, Mona will talk about NWHP’s discovery of a train called the “Suffrage Speecial,” which operated on the Virginia & Truckee Railroad from Reno to Carson City on the day of the ratification.

NSRM Curator of History, Wendell Huffman, will cover the exciting background of V&T Coach 17. Originally, Coach 17 was a private cara on the Central Pacific Railroad and is believed to have carried the Golden and Silver Spikes to Promontory, Utah, on May 10, 19=869. Coach 17 was used for the “Suffrage Special” and is part of NSRM’s collection today.

To register for this presentation, please send and email to amichalski[at]nevadaculture.org with “Zoom Suffrage Special” typed in the subject line to receive a link to the Zoom program. A link for the program will be emailed to you during the afternoon of July 2.