Video Honoring Ellen Clark Sargent and the Nineteenth Amendment Planned

Video Honoring Ellen Clark Sargent and the Nineteenth Amendment Planned

NEVADA CITY, Calif., July 21, 2020—While Nevada City’s 2020 Constitution Day Parade has been canceled, the Famous Marching Presidents are preparing an educational video project to mark the 100th Anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment.

August 26, 2020 is the 100th Anniversary of the signing of the Nineteenth Amendment to the US Constitution. Not only did this grant women the right to vote, but this amendment is still critical in protecting personal freedoms.

Ellen Clark Sargent was a prominent suffrage leader and resident of Nevada City, where she founded one of the early West Coast Suffrage organizations in 1869. She worked tirelessly to secure women’s voting rights with her entire family for four decades.

The Famous Marching Presidents are producing an original play, “An Evening with Ellen,” highlighting Ellen Clark Sargent and the Nineteenth Amendment. This original work, co-created by actress Mary Baird and writer Pamela Biery, is set in an interview format. Mary Baird portrays Ellen Sargent, while Nevada City businessman, Rick Ewald interviews Ellen, from a present-day perspective. Terry Boyer will provide the master of ceremonies role, setting the tone for this lively interaction.

The performance will be video-taped in the historic Nevada City Odd Fellows Oustomah Lodge, where the Sargent’s were members. The finished product, a 30-minute video will be made available to the general public free of charge through online streaming.

Funds are being raised to produce the video and make it publicly available for at least three years, without any fees for viewers. Please visit the project page and consider a tax-deductible contribution to this community-based living history project.

NOTE: The Famous Marching Presidents is a Nevada City California non-profit with 501c3 status. Work is being done on a volunteer basis with the goal of history education and especially, portraying living history. The Famous Marching Presidents thank Nevada City Odd Fellows for their generous support through the use of its facility.