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Nevada County Historical Society presents dramatic reading

Did you know that the very first person to utter the word “suffrage” on the floor of the United States Senate was a resident of Nevada City?

Did you know that his wife was the first woman to have a flag flown for her at half staff in California to honor her lifetime of service and activism?

Ellen Clark Sargent, and her husband, Aaron Augustus Sargent, were frequent hosts and trusted friends of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton in Washington, D.C., Nevada City and San Francisco.

They were influential in the struggle for women’s equality.

The Lake Wildwood Theatre’s Readers Theatre offers a dramatic reading telling the story of Nevada County’s own “first citizen” and his activist wife at the Nevada County Historical Society’s Speaker Night presentation on Thursday.

The program, “Her Own Quiet Legend: the Sargents of Nevada County and Women’s Right to Vote,” was compiled from Sargent family accounts and local journal accounts at the Searls Historical Library, Foley Library, and Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City, along with research from other national books, exhibits and sources.

The program, compiled and scripted by Bill Trzeciak and directed by Judy Blake, will be read by a cast of 10 Lake Wildwood Readers with slide visuals of the people and era.

The presentation will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Madelyn Helling Library, 980 Helling Way, Nevada City. This is free and refreshments will be served.

The Nevada County Historical Society features free presentations about local history the third Thursday (usually) of every month at the Madelyn Helling Library. For more NCHS information, go to

For more information, contact Daniel Ketcham at 530-477-8056.

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