League of Women Voters Willmar chapter to mark state organization's centennial with museum exhibit

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WILLMAR — To mark the 100th anniversary of the Minnesota League of Women Voters, the Willmar Area chapter is co-sponsoring a Centennial Traveling Exhibit at the Kandiyohi County Historical Society in Willmar.

The exhibit, displayed in the Historical Society's meeting room, takes a look at the League's history, dating back to 1919, when the Minnesota League was formed following the state's ratification of the 19th Amendment of the United States Constitution, which gave women the right to vote. The history of the Willmar chapter, officially formed in 1961, will also be presented in the exhibit.

The exhibit will be on display from Sept. 10 to Sept. 27, with an open house scheduled from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, at the Historical Society, located at 610 Hwy. 71 NE. in Willmar.

Willmar Mayor Marv Calvin at Tuesday's Willmar City Council meeting officially proclaimed Sept. 9 as "League of Women Voters Centennial Day" in Willmar.

"The League of Women Voters of the Willmar Area has served our community with dedication and integrity for 60-plus years with their commitment to making democracy work for women and men," the proclamation reads.

Shelby Lindrud is a reporter with the West Central Tribune of Willmar. Her focus areas are arts and entertainment, agriculture, features writing and the Kandiyohi County Board.

She can be reached via email or direct 320-214-4373.

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