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Justice Bell Exhibit Opening: A Symbol of Women’s Suffrage

Jun 18, 2022 to Jun 18, 2022 11:30am - 1pm

Date: Saturday 6/18
Time: 11:30a-1p
Age Group: Teens & Adults

Location: Bonnie & Donald Shanis Auditorium & Library Lobby

Description: Join us for this special opening of the Justice Bell exhibit, a 200-lb replica of the bronze bell that became a celebrated icon of the women’s suffrage movement. The Bell is on loan from the Justice Bell Foundation and will be on display at the UDPL until March 2023.

Forged in Philadelphia in 1915, the original one-ton Bell was recognized as a symbol of justice across the country. Chester County activist Katharine Wentworth Ruschenberger said, “the original Liberty Bell announced the creation of democracy, and the women’s Liberty Bell will announce the completion of democracy.”

At 11:30 am, view of the documentary “Finding Justice: The Untold Story of Women’s Fight for the Vote” with Amanda Owen, the filmmaker and Executive Director of the Justice Bell Foundation. Part present-day detective story and part historical account of the movement for voting rights, this documentary tells the story of a band of intrepid women and the Justice Bell—modeled after the Liberty Bell—which attracted nationwide attention and helped rally support in the last crucial years leading up to the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment.

Also at the event, the League of Women’s Voters Abington-Cheltenham-Jenkintown Area chapter, an interactive musical performance by Philomusica Chorale of the Delaware Valley kids’ crafts and refreshments.

About the Bell: In 1915, the Justice Bell travelled to all 67 counties in the Commonwealth to bring attention to a Pennsylvania referendum to give women the right to vote. Today the Justice Bell replica travels, bringing the story of the Bell and the courageous women who traveled with it to bring attention to their campaign for voting rights. Since 2019, the Justice Bell replica has been exhibited at Brandywine River Museum of Art (Chadds Ford, PA), Morven Museum & Garden (Princeton, NJ), Hagen History Center (Erie, PA), York History Center, and Berks History Center, among other locations. The pandemic limited some planned exhibitions, including at the State Capitol in Harrisburg. The Bell will be exhibited at the Upper Dublin Public Library in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania from June 1, 2022 to March 15, 2023.

Mask wearing is currently required at this program.

Part of the Civic Engagement @ the Library series.

Presenter: Amanda Owen, an author and an independent scholar of women’s history specializing in the American women’s suffrage movement, is a co-founder and the Executive Director of the Justice Bell Foundation.

The Justice Bell Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate, inspire and mobilize current and future voters. With programs for schools, a film about the women’s suffrage movement, and a replica Justice Bell that is touring Pennsylvania and other states, the Justice Bell Foundation is committed to reclaiming women’s history and highlighting women’s contributions.

Registration: Online registration required. Click here to register.

*American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grants for Libraries is an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

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