Educational production honors suffragette Ellen Sargent |

Educational production honors suffragette Ellen Sargent

The Lake Wildwood Readers Theatre troupe will perform an original production of “Her Own Quiet Legend – The Sargents of Nevada County and Women’s

Right to Vote” at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2, at the Nevada County Veterans Hall.

Sponsored by the Nevada County Democrats, the production is written and scripted by Bill Trzeciak and directed by Judy Blake.

Ellen Sargent was a suffragette who worked on the national and state level to earn women the right to vote. With her husband, Sen. Aaron A. Sargent (of Nevada City), Ellen Clark Sargent became an early link between suffragists in California and Washington, D.C. The Sargents established an early relationship with Susan B. Anthony. Sen. Sargent was the first person in the entire U.S. Congress who uttered the word “suffrage” and wrote a suffrage amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

The impact of the Sargent family, including children George and Elizabeth, on the suffrage movement in California was inestimable. Only a few weeks, indeed days, before women won their right to vote on Oct. 10, 1911, Ellen Clark Sargent died. An unusual memorial, the first given to a woman at that time, was held, with Gov. Hiram Johnson honoring her achievements in Union Square in San Francisco.

For more information on the event, contact Jim Firth, chair, NCDCC, at 530-477-1804 or visit

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