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Carrie Lane Chapman Catt Girlhood Home

The centennial of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment granting women the vote will be celebrated in 2020. Carrie Lane Chapman Catt Girlhood Home honors the Iowan who led the fight for women’s suffrage after being hand-picked by Susan B. Anthony to succeed her as president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association.

The home where Carrie grew up in northeast Iowa was built on the prairie in 1866-1867 by her father. Today, the site includes 19 apple trees as a reminder of the nursery stock planted by Lucius Lane. Activities centered on the orchard include Family Apple Picking Day, when visitors pick apples to take home and make homemade apple cider with a hand operated cider press.

Prairie Day Camp for children provides an opportunity to learn what life was like growing up on a farm during the Civil War. A walk through an acre of natural prairie led by a naturalist teaches the participants about the native plants and their uses. Dressing up in pioneer clothing and playing games like Carrie would have offers a look into a former era. The children eat food like corn on the cob, fried chicken, applesauce, and lemonade just like farm children of Carrie’s day.

Visitors learn about Carrie’s work for women’s right to vote by touring her girlhood home and viewing the museum display panels, in addition to an electronic touch table and iPod audio tour which detail Carrie’s education, personal life, suffrage work, and work for world peace.

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