November 4, 2019

Preservation Thursday: Theodore Roosevelt and the Women Who Influenced His Philosophy on Women’s Suffrage

DEADWOOD – Deadwood History, Inc. and the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission will host a presentation by Cindi Penor Ceglian at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 14, 2019, at the Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center (HARCC), 150 Sherman Street, Deadwood. The event is wheelchair accessible. Please feel free to bring your lunch.

Theodore Roosevelt’s views of masculinity are readily apparent in his love of the outdoors, hunting, conservation, Dakota ranching, and leadership including his engagement as Colonel in the Spanish American War. Much less is known about his views concerning women, his expectations of their societal roles and duties, and the evolution of his beliefs on women’s right to vote. These views were influenced by the women in his own family, beginning in early childhood and later as a young adult. As Roosevelt entered political life, his interactions with social reformers while President, and later as a Progressive presidential candidate, broadened his philosophy regarding women’s roles, rights, and duties. The lecture will examine the importance of the strong and influential women in Roosevelt’s life and their impact on his views concerning legislation on women’s suffrage. 

Cindi Penor Ceglian has an undergraduate degree in child development and family relations, a master’s degree in counseling, and a Ph.D. in family studies. She is a Professor Emeritus at South Dakota State University, where she taught for 33 years in the Human Development and Family Studies Department. Penor Ceglian received awards for Outstanding Faculty and Teacher of the Year. Her interest in Theodore Roosevelt began when a student completed an assignment on “Fathering” with Roosevelt as the subject. Since then she has become a Roosevelt enthusiast. As a member of the Theodore Roosevelt Association, she has traveled extensively to Roosevelt sites and events and co-led a TRA tour, “Roosevelt in Dakota Territory.”

Preservation Thursday is co-sponsored by the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission, Deadwood History, Adams-Mastrovich Family Foundation, Saloon No. 10, Deadwood Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau, and tdg Marketing & Public Relations.


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