Charles City Main Street banners celebrating Carrie Lane Chapman Catt and the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment

Charles City’s Main Street is gushing with history this week as banner’s immortalizing Carrie Lane Chapman Catt are riddling the street posts. This is due to the fact that this year is the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment – a woman’s right to vote – that Catt had a huge hand in establishing. 


Catt grew up in a home outside of Charles City and the childhood property is a historical landmark in Floyd County – with workers and a board. 

The committee had numerous celebratory events planned throughout the year, but each one is being considered only a possibility as the pandemic continues to unravel into the summer.


According to Cheryl Erb, the childhood home which usually opens for visitors on Memorial Day is going to be pushed back to later in the year.

And even though the childhood home events are operating a bit differently, the committee still brought on an intern this year. 


This anniversary year has been overshadowed by the virus, but Erb hopes their biggest annual event in August can still happen with full capacity. If so, Erb promises they will be attempting to make it a ‘grand affair’.

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