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Barely Made It: The Naked Voters and Other Franklin county Stories of Democracy

Date and Time: August 19, 2023

Location: Franklin County Historical Society / Old Depot Museum, PO Box 145, Ottawa
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Beginning in 1858 with the 43 men who stripped off their clothes to wade across a flooded creek in order to reach a polling station and vote against the pro-slavery Lecompton Constitution, Franklin Countians have a long and lively history of participating in democracy. Through images,original documents, and a collection of historic voting equipment, this exhibit will explore the voices of Franklin County on issues like abolitionism, women's suffrage, prohibition, school unification, and the construction of community facilities.

This exhibit is part of "Voices and Votes," a statewide initiative exploring the history of American Democracy. For exhibition and event details, contact Franklin County Historical Society directly.

Sponsored by: Franklin County Historical Society / Old Depot Museum

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For more information about this event, please contact:
Diana Staresinic-Deane
(785) 242-1250
http://www.olddepotmuseum.org

 

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