Woman's Suffrage begins in Huron


In observance of March as Women’s History Month, Liz Almlie from the South Dakota State Historical Society will be speaking at the Huron Public Library Saturday, March 25, at 10:30 a.m.

Her topic is “It started in Huron: John and Emma Smith DeVoe’s 1890 Suffrage Campaign.”

Almlie will focus on Emma and John’s time in Huron and their contributions to the suffrage movement.

Emma Smith DeVoe was nationally known for her role in the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, and for promoting women’s suffrage. She traveled around the state for many years speaking, holding meetings, and distributing literature.

The DeVoe’s home on Kansas Street in Huron no longer exists, but it was the location for planning the first state suffrage convention and was used as the headquarters for notable campaign workers such as Susan B. Anthony when she campaigned throughout South Dakota.

Emma’s husband, John, also a supporter of women’s suffrage, was very involved in the first state suffrage convention and composed numerous campaign songs which Emma sang during her lecture events.

The library hopes you will join them for this interesting exploration of Huron’s involvement in the women’s suffrage movement.