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People of Our Past

January 21

Local history comes alive with the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center with our annual People of Our Past program. This educational series showcases actors dressed up as historic figures from Wenatchee Valley history. This year, we celebrate 100 years of women’s suffrage by highlighting formative women in our community.

Elsie Parrish: tenacious chambermaid who sued the owners of the Cascadian Hotel over unpaid wages. In 1913, she convinced the U.S. Supreme Court to establish a minimum wage for women. Join her in 1939 to hear her tale. (Elsie Parrish is portrayed by Amy Edwards.)
Dr. Minnie Simmons: Wenatchee’s first female doctor. Join her in 1945 to hear about her practice and how Wenatchee welcomed its first female healthcare provider. (Dr. Minnie Simmons is played by Kristy Clare.)
Eva Anderson: prominent local educator. She also served as Douglas County School Superintendent, President of the Washington Education Association, and Dean of Girls at Wenatchee High School. Join her in 1952 at a speech she prepared for a group in Chelan. (Eva Anderson is portrayed by Julie Kuntz.)
Bernice Bacharach: a feisty attorney. She was the first and for a long time, the only female member of the Chelan County Bar Association. Join her in 1988 to hear about her recent case. (Bernice Bacharach is portrayed by Katie Renggli.)
Sign up to receive the People of our Past videos by email HERE, or stay tuned on social for more information.

Join us at the Wenatchee Valley Museum by appointment to view our featured exhibit “Raising Our Voice: Empowering Women”, celebrating the centennial of women’s suffrage. This exhibit both educates and celebrates women’s voices. Our main gallery features a historic synopsis of women’s suffrage in the State along with the 90th-anniversary show of Women Painters of Washington. We are honored to host this celebration of the female voice.

Reservations may be made at https://www.wenatcheevalleymuseum.org/reopening/

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