The Frisco Historic Park will offer a window on the role of women in the town's history with special exhibits in honor of Women's History Month.
Local women resuscitated the town after the silver crash of 1893; special exhibits featured as part of Women’s History Month at historic park
By Bob Berwyn
FRISCO — International Women’s Day — March 8 — has been celebrated since the early 1900s, when women around the world started to rally for political and social equality, as the industrial revolution brought sweeping changes in daily life.
In the 1980s, Congress passed a resolution declaring March as national women’s history month, giving Frisco a chance to commemorate the role of local pioneer women with special exhibits at the town’s historic park.
In the early years, International Women’s Day was strongly influenced by socialist politics. According to a web site about International Women’s Day, its history can be traced back to 1908, when 15,000 women marched in New York City demanding shorter hours, better pay and voting rights. A year later, the first National Women’s Day was celebrated on Feb. 28 after a declaration by the Socialist Party of America.
In 1910, a conference of working women in Copenhagen advocated for an international version of women’s day to push for equality. The current March 8 date was adopted in 1913.
It was that same year that a group of feisty frontier women in helped Frisco through some tough times. The mines in the area were shutting down in the wake of the silver crash and people were moving away. At one point, the town’s electricity was shut off and the town council dissolved.
Frisco was in danger of becoming another Colorado ghost town — until several local ladies gathered together, held an election, voted in an all-female board and saved the town. This was possible because women in Colorado were granted the right to vote in 1900, way ahead of the rest of the country. Led by Florence Huter, the elected mayor, the board tackled Frisco’s debts and returned the town to a respectable financial position.
In March, you can learn about some of the local pioneer women at the Frisco Historic Park and Museum. The Annie-Ruth House, one of the historic buildings open to the public, will feature exhibits on women’s culture and information on women who made a difference in the town’s history, including Susan Badger, Jane Thomas, Susie Thompson and Helen Foote.
The Frisco Historic Park & Museum is located on the corner of 2nd and Main. Admission is free.
Hours of Operation:
October – April (Winter Hours)
Tuesday – Saturday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sundays – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
May – September (Summer Hours)
Tuesday – Saturday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sundays – 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Get active and involved with International Women’s Day by clicking this link.
Read Sec. of State Hillary Clinton’s remarks on Women’s History Month from 2009 here.
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