National Women’s Suffrage Marker Program
To celebrate the national centennial of women’s suffrage in 2020, we’re excited to support a national Women’s Suffrage marker program in collaboration with the National Votes for Women Trail (NVWT), a committee of the National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites (NCWHS).
This series commemorates the people, places and things instrumental to women gaining the right to vote in the United States in 1920 with the passing of the 19th Amendment.
If you have an idea for a historic marker to commemorate women’s suffrage in your community, please contact your NVWT State Coordinator to begin the nomination process. You may also contact the NCWHS directly. Municipalities, nonprofit academic institutions and 501(c)(3) organizations are especially encouraged to submit a nomination.
Sites related to people and organizations—whether local, state, or national—who have shown an enduring engagement in suffrage activities will be considered for markers. This might include homes of officers of local, state or national organizations, meeting places of suffrage groups, or churches or other organizations that took a strong stand for women’s suffrage.
Involvement must be demonstrated in a tangible way; e.g. a suffrage speaker was hosted, there’s a publication, a formal resolution was passed, etc. Sites related to people who were only peripherally involved in suffrage; e.g. signers of one petition, will not be considered for markers.
Marker Design and Text Limits
The colors of the roadside marker are white with purple highlighted lettering and border. Markers are 18” x 32” cast aluminum with a 7’ aluminum pole.
The marker’s title line allows 15 characters and the five body lines can have 27 characters each, including spaces and punctuation.
To apply for a marker or get more information about this program, please contact your NVWT State Coordinator. You can also contact the NCWHS directly. Pomeroy Foundation signage grants are fully funded and cover the entire cost of a marker, pole and shipping. The grant recipient is responsible for installation of the marker.
National Votes for Women Trail Database & Map
Helping to tell the story of women’s suffrage history across the nation, the NCWHS has developed a crowd-sourced database and map that features all locations identified for the National Votes for Women Trail. This comprehensive resource also includes the sites designated for NVWT historic markers. To view the current locations of NVWT markers, visit the Pomeroy Foundation interactive marker map.
New York State Suffrage Centennial
Before launching the national program, the Pomeroy Foundation wanted to do its part to commemorate the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote in New York State. In doing so, we launched a special roadside marker program coinciding with the Centennial in 2017. Our New York Women’s Suffrage Marker Grant Program contributed to the broader effort led by Humanities New York to foster a statewide dialogue about the legacy and history of women’s suffrage. The program earned an award during the New York Cultural Heritage Tourism Network’s first annual recognition luncheon.
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The NVWT newsletter also serves as a hub for the latest updates about the program.