The Library of Congress celebrated the centennial of the 19th amendment with their temporary exhibition, “Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote.” It traces more than 70 years of the suffrage campaign, the largest reform movement in American history. Many suffragists donated their personal collections to the library so that their efforts would be remembered.
In partnership with with the Library of Congress Interpretive Programs team, we created two media installations to help shape the narrative of the collection. For the physical exhibition we produced an introductory film framing key motivations and milestones surrounding suffrage. As a capstone toward the end of the visitor journey, we developed an interpretive touch table experience profiling more than 100 women and the states/territories they came from.
Both underscore the determination and sacrifices made by a diverse group of women — and the complexities of grassroots political and social reform — in a compelling way for the more the 1.9 million visitors who pass through the Library of Congress each year.
Film courtesy of Joon Yi.