By Linda Hanson

LWV-MDC members Teresa Basey, Julie Mason, Katie Williams, Dyke Williams, and Linda Hanson spent about 48 hours immersed in League issues, business, camaraderie, and renewed commitment to League principles during the Indiana State League Convention held Saturday and Sunday, Apr 27-28, 2019 in Lafayette.   

Guest speakers included Andy Downs, Director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at Purdue University; Sally Perkins, a professional storyteller whose “Digging in their Heels” gave us a lively and insightful view of our suffragette foremothers; and Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush who expanded our knowledge of the entire judicial branch. 

Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at Purdue U.

Andy Downs, Director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at Purdue University

Andy Downs talking about the new methods of voter suppression.  The old argument, literacy, remains in play but others have been added, including in Indiana. 

Link to Mike Downs Center

Sally Perkins, Storyteller

Sally Perkins, Storyteller

Sally Perkins held us spell-bound, often with tears in our eyes, as she detailed the efforts to earn women’s rights to vote.  She began with the Grimke sisters, abolitionists who realized their opportunities to further the abolitionist cause were limited by their own limited rights as women.     

As she moved into the 20th century, Perkins suggested contemporary cultural counterparts to the women who finally put the 19th amendment on the books.  Test your recognition power! 

Link Sally Perkins Website

West Lafayette Mayor, John R Dennis

West Lafayette Mayor, John R. Dennis

West Lafayette Mayor John R. Dennis (left) welcomed us on Sunday.  His counterpart, Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski, welcomed us on Saturday.  While Lafayette and West Lafayette provide a novel situation, the co-mayors, one Republican and one Democrat, offer a collaborative model other Indiana cities could emulate.  Dennis elaborated on their positive working relationship—one that Muncie-Delaware County sorely needs. 

Lafayette Mayor, Tony Roswarski

Katey Watson, Archivist

Katey Watson, France A Cordova Archivist, Purdue University Archivist and Special Collections

Katey Watson, France A. Cordova Archivist, Purdue University Archives and Special Collections spoke at the Indiana State Convention on Saturday, April 27, 2019. She shared a detailed explanation of how to plan your Centennial research, including a trip to the archives. Her handouts are available on https://LWVwise.org for her list of online research links and handout for planning your research.