The Connecticut Bar Association and local Connecticut bar associations will host the 19th Amendment Centennial Scavenger Hunt to honor the anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment. The scavenger hunt will identify and highlight 11 historical sites across Connecticut that are significant to the suffrage movement and the passage of the 19th Amendment.
“The CBA's statewide scavenger hunt celebrates the efforts made to ensure women had access to the right to vote, while building on the CBA's ‘Balance for a Better Legal Profession' theme,” said CBA President Ndidi N. Moses. “Through the scavenger hunt, and the other events planned this year and next year, we hope to encourage our members and Connecticut residents to find ways to blur the lines between work and play, by embarking with their families and friends on this statewide adventure, solving riddles, and discovering historical landmarks related to the suffrage movement all over the state.”
Beginning in September, scavenger hunt clues will be posted on the Connecticut Bar Association’s Facebook page and website on the first business day of each month. Participants should collect the clues and find the historical site. A CBA check point sign will be posted at each site and participants must take a picture at the site with the sign. To be entered to win prizes, participants must share the photo on their Facebook account—tagging the Connecticut Bar Association’s Facebook page—or e-mail their photo to firstname.lastname@example.org for the association to post on the participant’s behalf. The first participant to find each site and share their photo will receive a gift bag. Prizes will also be awarded to the first three people who find all 11 historical sites and share their photos.
The scavenger hunt is co-sponsored by the Connecticut Italian American Bar Association, George W. Crawford Black Bar Association, Fairfield County Bar Association, Hartford County Bar Association, New Haven County Bar Association, South Asian Bar Association of Connecticut and Tolland County Bar Association. The scavenger hunt was planned by the CBA’s 19th Amendment Planning Committee Scavenger Hunt Sub Committee members Ndidi N. Moses, Kara A.T. Murphy, Vincent P. Pace, and Amanda G. Schreiber. Additional 19th Amendment centennial activities include the co-sponsoring of events, an educational symposium, and voter registration drives.
The 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which passed by Congress on June 4, 1919 and ratified on August 18, 1920, granted some women the right to vote. The amendment states, “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.” Centennial events are planned throughout the country including many by the American Bar Association.