#LocalGovMatters – 2019 Capitol Ornament – Forward

This week on #LocalGovMatters Gwyn is joined by Diane Harmelink as they discuss Wisconsin’s history in ratifying the 19th Amendment and the 2019 Capitol Ornament.

Thank you to Jackie Johnson at amfmgirl photography for the Forward photo.

Jean Pond Miner was commissioned to create a statue for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Forward is that statue. The statue was purchased by women’s clubs across Wisconsin and dedicated in as part of the suffrage movement and placed on the capitol grounds. Today, the statue is located at the top of State Street.

Gwyn and Diane discuss the history of the suffrage movement in Wisconsin and how Wisconsin became the first state to ratify the 19th Amendment. It’s an amazing story – and it’s all about which train got to Washington D.C. first.

In the final section of the podcast Gwyn was able to speak with Cate Zeuske about the history of the ornaments and this ornament in particular. In addition, Gwyn was able to speak with Jean Pond Miner’s granddaughter about her grandmother and her work.

The unveiling of the 2019 Capitol Ornament with Sen. Shilling, Chief Justice Roggensack and Jean Pond Miner’s granddaughter Helen.