The Rhode Island Historical Society is proud to have Claire Jerry, Curator of Politic History at the National Museum of American History, present “Winning the Vote with Words” for our 2020 Annual Newell D. Goff Lecture. Americans are often told that the ballot box is the best means to achieve change. But how is that possible if the ballot is the very thing you want? This virtual presentation will explore how suffragists organized and spoke and wrote, how they used their words, to gain their right to vote.
Prior to the talk, RIHS’s Deputy Executive Director of Collections and Interpretation Richard Ring will present a few relevant images drawn from our collection of nearly 200 portraits of Rhode Island women, whose lives span four centuries.
Claire Jerry has worked at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History since 2016 as a curator in the Division of Political and Military History. She specializes in political rhetoric, presidential history, and the history of woman suffrage. Jerry has also served as Chief Curator at McKissick Museum at the University of South Carolina and Guest Curator at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum. She holds an M.A. in Public History from the University of Illinois Springfield, and a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Public Address from the University of Kansas.