Women of the Pacific Northwest: the Suffrage Movement and Beyond (a very long working title) is an investigation into the rich history of women in our county. Spearheaded by Jackie Dandeneau, the goal of the project is to illuminate historic women who formed our county and how they affect us today. The hope of the project is that by giving our community the chance to hear about women that have gone before us, we will embrace our history giving us a greater understanding of who we are today.
Since January we have been amassing information on women, talking with women who have lived here their whole lives, whose families have been here the last 100 years, who have stories to share. We have learned about emancipation and the rural man, about outstanding female Olympians, pilots, photographers, writers, farmers, healers and activists in Humboldt County. We have made connections with the Native Women's Collective, the Wahnika's, the Soroptomists, the League of Women Voters, the Historical Society and many others.
The show will be funny and touching, informative and silly. Women of the Pacific Northwest will have live music- some original and some from the time period.
We have many women from the community involved in this project. The lead researchers are Edith Butler and Tammy Rae Scott. The current cast and crew member are, Jackie Dandeneau, Siena Nelson, Ali Freedlund, Dharla Curry, Jill Petricca, Julie Froblom, Denise Dodd, Lauren Wilson, Maia Cheli-Colando, Ciara Cheli-Colando, Sophia Paulekas, Laura Montagna, Laura Munoz and others that we pick up along the way.
The show will be performed at the Arcata Playhouse, Thursday through Saturday October 11-20 at 8pm with two matinees on Sunday October 14 and Oct 21 at 2pm.
After the run in Arcata, we are planning to take it on the road to rural communities in our region. We have a van. We have a trailer. And we know how to use them!
*Women of the Pacific Northwest has been made possible through a Community Stories Grant from the California Council for the Humanities, a division of the National Council for the Humanities, as well as the Humboldt Area Foundation and the Tracey Memorial Fund.
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