Wine, Eats and Artifacts
Please join the Foundation for Idaho History in raising $160,000 for the creation and installation of the Idaho Women’s Suffrage Commemorative Sculpture during this year’s Wine, Eats and Artifacts gala. This legacy piece for Idaho will be permanently displayed on the Idaho State Capitol grounds, signifying the place of honor women hold in Idaho. Through the partnership between Idaho Women in Leadership and the Idaho State Historical Society in 2020, the Idaho Women 100 campaign commemorated the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment. During the Idaho Women 100 initiative, organizations around the state collectively recognized and celebrated the influence of women in Idaho over the past 100 years and their contributions to the political, cultural, economic, academic, social, and civic fields. Idaho can be proud that its courageous past made it the 4th state in our country to give most women in our state the right to vote.
In honor of this historic milestone, the Idaho State Historical Society commissioned local artist Irene Deely to develop The Idaho Women’s Suffrage Commemorative Sculpture, which embodies the spirit and legacy of the women’s suffrage movement and universally represents Idaho women through time. Inspired in part by the Idaho State Seal, the only known state seal in America to be designed by a woman, this nameless woman walks metaphorically in the footsteps of those who came before and then hands off her shoe to the future.
The Idaho Capitol Commission approved the sculpture placement on May 8, 2020, and the sculpture is currently in the final stages of development. This fall, the Idaho State Historical Society will proudly unveil the Idaho Women’s Suffrage Commemorative Sculpture that will celebrate the story of Idaho women past, present, and future and their impacts in Idaho. You can support this legacy piece for Idaho and register for Wine, Eats and Artifacts by visiting WEA.AFROGS.ORG.
The Wine, Eats and Artifacts online auction is from September 15-29. The in person event at the Idaho State Museum is September 29, beginning at 5:30 pm. Doors open at 5.