During the month of March – Women’s History Month – the Ethnic Heritage Museum will salute some women who have made outstanding contributions in improving the lives of others.
Sunday, March 1, 2 – 4 p.m. – Attorney Linda Zuba
The Hispanic Gallery will honor Attorney Linda Zuba as the “Hispanic Woman of the Year.” Born in Bogota, Columbia, Linda and her family moved to Rockford when she was in the 8th Grade. A graduate of Boylan High School, she obtained a Master’s Degree in Nursing from Loyola University in Chicago. After being confronted with issues relating to social injustice, she decided to go back to school to become an attorney. Linda started going to the U.S. southern border when children were being separated from their families to volunteer with asylum seekers. She has served on numerous boards and committees including Coalition of Latino Leaders, Women’s March Rockford and Eliminating Racism 815.
Following the award ceremony, light refreshments will be served. This event is free to the public, donations are greatly appreciated.
Sunday, March 8, 2:15 p.m. – Lynell Cannell presents Kate F. O’Connor
In honor of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote, speaker Lynell Cannell introduces you to local suffragist Kate F. O’Connor. The more you learn about Kate F. O’Connor, the more you will wish you could have known her. This Rockford native was well-known all over town as she became a public servant, successful businesswoman, noted suffragist, public speaker, defender of labor rights for women and children, and finally a state and federal official.
Her achievements from the 1880s to the 1940s were noteworthy, but even more interesting were the fearlessness and good humor with which she approached life and its adventures. Come see what an interesting life she had and how she could hold her own when surrounded in the public sphere by men. Learn about her decades-long dedication to women’s suffrage.
This presentation is free to the public; donations are greatly appreciated.
Sunday, March 29, 2 p.m. – Rockford Reader’s Theatre performance
Rockford Reader’s Theatre presents “She Speaks: African American Poets, Playwrights and Pioneers” in celebration of the Black Suffragists exhibit. Coordinated and directed by Dorothy Paige-Turner, the actors will perform music, monologues from plays, recite poetry, and feature cameos of women who were major contributors to the cause of the Suffragist Movement of the 1900s.
Included in the performance will be portrayals of Shirley Chisolm, the first African American woman to ever run for the President of the United States, and Dorothy Height, who created the “eliminate racism” part of the mission of the YWCA. This performance is made possible by a City Arts Action Grant from the Rockford Area Arts Council. It is free to the public, donations greatly appreciated and are appropriate for all ages.
The Heritage Museum Park (Ethnic Heritage Museum and Graham-Ginestra House) is open every Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. General admission to both museums is only $5 student, $7 individual, $15 per family or free to members. The Ethnic Heritage Museum is handicap accessible. There is parking available on Loomis Street by the museum and additional parking in the lot on the corner of Main and Morgan Streets next to the Graham-Ginestra House.