Missouri Historic Costume and Textile Collection suit displayed at State Capitol

A 20th century design highlighting a historic demonstration is being showcased as part of an exhibition series through September.

May 4, 2023

A 1910s linen suit from the Missouri Historic Costume and Textile Collection (MHCTC) is currently representing Mizzou in a display at the Missouri State Capitol.

The display is part of the Missouri State Museum’s exhibition series, Trailblazing Missourians, and highlights Edna Gellhorn and her efforts toward women’s suffrage in Missouri.

The light-colored suit includes a yellow sash and yellow umbrella to represent a demonstration by women’s suffragists during the Democratic National Convention in St. Louis on June 14, 1916. Also known as the Golden Lane, more than 3,000 women dressed in white and yellow and carried yellow umbrellas, lining the streets from the delegates’ hotel to the convention center in a silent protest. Receiving national attention from the press, the demonstration eventually played a part in the Democratic delegates supporting the women’s suffrage movement.

The exhibit will be viewable through September 14 at the Capitol. It can also be viewed online.

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