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Summer 2021, 122:2

In this issue, authors explore the Wold sisters’ work for woman suffrage; the history of Louisa Weinhard; a secret society of women at Southern Oregon College from 1957 to 1978; a public history roundtable on women judges in Oregon; and a research note about a deed belonging to James W. Garrett, a free Black person living in Territorial Oregon.

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Claiming “What We Must Have”: How The Wold Sisters Helped Win Ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment

by S.L. Bachman, Priscilla Wold Longfield, and Beverly Warren-Leigh

“We have learned that we must go after what we must have,” wrote Emma Wold in 1920, during the last stage of the campaign for ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment. In this Oregon Voices article, authors S.L. Bachman, Priscilla Wold Longfield, and Bevery Warren-Leigh document how Oregon suffragist Emma Wold and her four sisters — Jean, Gaeta, Cora, and Clara — worked with local and national organizations to gain the right to vote for women. Emma, Cora, and Clara were the most active sisters, and between 1912 and 1920, when the Nineteenth Amendment was ratified, they campaigned in Oregon and Washington, D.C., sometimes facing arrest and jail time for their activities. As the authors attest, their work earned the Wolds “the distinction of being among the largest groups of sisters striving to expand women’s roles and rights during the early twentieth century.”

Maybe You’ve Heard of Her Husband?: Finding Louisa Weinhard

by Tiah Edmunson-Morton

In this Resarch Files article, author Tiah Edmunson-Morton documents her work to reconstructing the life of Luise Wagenblast, “who became Louisa Weinhard, wife of Henry.” As an archivist and educator, Edmunson-Morton spends her time among records and repositories that are filled with many voices, some of which are championed and others silenced. As she describes, “The history of nineteenth-century women’s work is often told through the story of husbands and sons,” and Louisa Weinhard’s life was no different. Through census records, newspaper accounts, and women’s group records, Edmunson-Morton “[knits] together the small bits left behind” to fill in the historical record.

The United Foundation Trust and its Highest Honor, the Order of the Purple Girdle

by Maureen Flanagan Battistella

In this Research Files article, Maureen Flanagan Battistella documents the history of the United Foundation Trust (UFT), a secret society of women active at Southern Oregon College (SOC), now Southern Oregon University (SOU), from 1957 to 1978, through a rediscovered collection at SOU’s housed in the Archives and Special Collections. The collection includes UFT regalia and a collection of scrapbooks, minutes of meetings, and artifacts that “pro­vide a unique and personal insight into the post–World War II lives of women academics teaching at a rural Oregon college.”

Women on the Bench in Oregon: Mark O. Hatfield Lecture Series Post-Lecture Discussion with Judge Ann Aiken, Judge Darleen Ortega, Justice Adrienne Nelson, and Chief Justice Martha Walters, moderated by Kerry Tymchuk

On Tuesday, January 12, 2021, Evan Thomas, spoke about his book, First: Sandra Day O’Connor, as part of the Oregon Historical Society’s (OHS) annual Mark O. Hatfield. This roundtable discussion was a special event held on Thursday, January 14, 2021, following the lecture. OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk moderated the discussion between women judges of Oregon — Judge Ann Aiken, Judge Darleen Ortega, Justice Adrienne Nelson, and Chief Justice Martha Walters — who reflected on their experiences as women in these roles. Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, Thomas’s talk and this roundtable were held virtually.

James W. Garrett and Black-owned Property in Territorial Oregon, 1853–1858

by Kenneth Hawkins

In this Research Note, author Kenneth Hawkins updates his article, “‘A PROPER ATTITUDE OF RESISTANCE’,” published in the Winter 2020 issue of the Oregon Historical Quarterly, with an additional archival record belonging to James W. Garrett, a free Black person living in Territorial Oregon.

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