LIMA — The League of Women Voters of the Lima Area is celebrating 100 years of serving Allen County with nonpartisan voter information so league members and the general public can go to the polls as informed voters.

The Lima league was formed shortly after the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution, which gave women the right to vote. The Lima league is joining with other organizations in the community and leagues throughout the state and country to celebrate this monumental event.

Activities planned to date locally include:

Feb.29, 1-3 p.m. — SUFFRAGE CELEBRATION KICKOFF - LWV 100th Anniversary Kickoff Event at the Allen County Museum; event will include re-enactors and photo displays March - Celebrating Women’s History Month by collaborating with the Lima News on the March Edition Reminisce story

May 25, 10 a.m. — MEMORIAL DAY PARADE - Members will march/walk in the Memorial Day Parade

June — Unveiling of the “Suffrage Traveling Trunk” developed in collaboration with the Allen County Museum to educate students about the battle for women’s right to vote. Museum docents will present lessons from the trunk in area schools and other groups.

September 1-15 — BAR ASSOCIATION SUFFRAGE DISPLAY AT ARTSPACE - The Lima League will be hosting the American Bar Association traveling suffrage display at ArtSpace in Lima

September 12, 1-5 p.m. — WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE EVENT -The League of Women Voters of the Lima Area will be hosting a suffrage, equality, civility and voting celebration event in Lima’s Town Square (picture something Chataqua-esk). The four hour event will be a mix of history and the past and current themes for the engaged voter. Activities will include; a re-creation of a suffrage march in the square; theme-related interactive displays from other community organizations and opportunities for Girl Scouts to complete their Suffrage Badge. The ArtSpace stage will feature ongoing productions. Individuals and organizations are encouraged to prepare and perform suffrage presentations at this event. More information on these and other suffrage activities will be released as each event approaches.

Along with these activities the League of Women Voters of the Lima Area will continue to do what they do well by publishing a Voter Guide for the March Primary Election and the November General Election. Voters can expect the March Voter Guide in mid February. It will be available at the Lima Public Library, the Chamber of Commerce, The Visitor’s Bureau, the Allen County Courthouse, city building and other public offices.