The Finney County Historical Society will offer a second free history program about the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution at 7 p.m. Oct. 20, as part of the fall season History at High Noon and Evening at the Museum series.

      The session is taking place with socially-distanced seating and additional COVID-19 precautions in the Mary Regan Conference Room of the Finney County Museum, 403 S. Fourth Street in Garden City’s Finnup Park, with access via the north entrance.  It is sponsored by the Southern Council of the AT&T Pioneers.

      An earlier noon session Oct. 14 was presented by Janice Walker, a member of the Great Bend League of Women Voters and voter services leader for the League of Women Voters of Kansas.  The Oct. 20 session will be offered by Dr. Jane Holwerda, Dodge City Community College vice president of academic affairs.

      The speaker will focus on the centennial of national women’s suffrage, which occurred in August of 1920 when Tennessee became the last of the necessary 36 states to ratify the amendment that guaranteed Americans the right to vote regardless of gender.  She will also explain how Kansas women obtained the right to vote as early as 1912, as well as other women’s accomplishments before and after that.

      In addition to spacing out audience seating for social distancing, this fall’s programs are breaking with museum tradition by offering beverages but no food.  No tables for dining will be available and, unlike in past years, attendees are asked to refrain from bringing lunch or dinner.  Attendance will be limited to 40 listeners per session, hand sanitizer will be accessible and masks will be encouraged, though not required, with free masks available.