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Abigail Scott Duniway: Oregon Hero

As part of Baker County Library’s “Every Hero Has a Story” Summer Reading Program, join Judy Allen at the library on Thursday, July 9 at 6:30 pm for a discussion of Abigail Scott Duniway’s heroic efforts to expand freedom in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Abigail Scott Duniway: Oregon Hero
  • 2015-07-09T18:30:00-07:00
  • 2015-07-09T19:30:00-07:00
  • As part of Baker County Library’s “Every Hero Has a Story” Summer Reading Program, join Judy Allen at the library on Thursday, July 9 at 6:30 pm for a discussion of Abigail Scott Duniway’s heroic efforts to expand freedom in the Pacific Northwest.
  • When Jul 09, 2015 from 06:30 PM to 07:30 PM (US/Pacific / UTC-700)
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As part of Baker County Library’s “Every Hero Has a Story” Summer Reading Program, join Judy Allen at the library on Thursday, July 9 at 6:30 pm for a discussion of Abigail Scott Duniway’s heroic efforts to expand freedom in the Pacific Northwest. 

Outspoken and often controversial, Abigail Scott Duniway is remembered as Oregon's legendary "Mother of Equal Suffrage." An Oregon Trail veteran whose mother died on route, Duniway devoted over forty years to the cause of women's rights, frequently traveling by stage and horseback to lecture in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

Yet despite her lifetime of accomplishments and contributions to Oregon history, she remains a relatively obscure figure to many Oregonians.Many only recently learned of Duniway when a panel picked her along with Chief Joseph to have a statue at the U.S. Capitol symbolizing Oregon.
http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/03/panel_picks_chief_joseph_abiga.html

Duniway's efforts as leader of the campaign for women's voting rights in the region helped women get the vote in Idaho in 1896, Washington in 1910, and Oregon in 1912. Interestingly, Abigail's brother, Harvey W. Scott, publisher of the Portland Oregonian newspaper, was an outspoken opponent of women's suffrage.

Allen is a guest lecturer from Wallowa County, whose husband is a descendant of Abigail S. Duniway.