NEVADA CITY, Calif. August 26, 2020 – The Nineteenth Amendment’s adoption was certified on August 26, 1920. As we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment, let’s recall a great California suffragette, Ellen Clark Sargent.
Nevada City California resident Ellen Clark Sargent was a close friend and ally to Susan B. Anthony. Sargent served as both treasurer and secretary of National Woman Suffrage Association (NWSA); an organization founded by Susan B. Anthony. Ellen Sargent also was president of the California Woman Suffrage Association and founded the Nevada County Women Suffrage Association in 1869. She was a key figure in eventually combining East and West Coast efforts into a unified organization, which later became the League of Women Voters.
Nevada City non-profit Famous Marching Presidents has undertaken the production of a video that chronicles Ellen’s work for women’s right to vote. Set in the format of a return from the past, Ms. Sargent is interviewed by a present-day host.
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“An Evening with Ellen” is an original screenplay written and directed by Pamela Biery and featuring actors Mary Baird as Ellen Clark Sargent and Rick Ewald as her modern-day interviewer. Videotaping was just completed on August 24, 2020 at the Historic Nevada City Odd Fellows Hall, where Aaron Sargent was a founding member in 1853.
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