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Originally published in Castine Patriot, April 22, 2021
Women’s suffrage movement highlighted in lecture
Speaker to discuss Maine women’s fight to vote

Women’s suffrage movement highlighted in lecture

The Castine Historical Society is hosting the first in a series of Zoom talks during the 2021 season on Thursday, April 29, at 4:30 p.m. Anne Gass, above, will give a talk on the suffrage movement in Maine for the Castine Historical Society.

Photo courtesy of Castine Historical Society

The Castine Historical Society is hosting the first in a series of Zoom talks during the 2021 season on Thursday, April 29, at 4:30 p.m. The speaker will be Anne Gass whose talk, “Voting Down the Rose: Maine’s Fight for Woman Suffrage,” describes how Maine women fought to gain the right to vote. The talk will also focus on the role her great-grandmother, Florence Brooks Whitehouse, played in Maine’s suffrage movement. Preregistration is required for this Zoom event by April 28. To sign up, visit or call the Historical Society at 326-4118.

Whitehouse was a novelist, painter, vocalist, and mother of three sons when she joined the suffrage movement in 1914. Gass will explore Whitehouse’s life up to 1914 and then talk about her role as a leader in giving Maine women and those throughout America the right to vote. Among the stories will be how Whitehouse joined forces with national suffragist leader Alice Paul in a desperate, last-ditch effort to ensure that Congress would ratify the 19th Amendment and give women the right to vote. Gass will accompany her lively talk with historic images.

Gass is the author of Voting Down the Rose: Florence Brooks Whitehouse and Maine’s Fight for Woman Suffrage, published in 2014. The book will be available for sale at Compass Rose Books in Castine, according to a press release.

The Castine Historical Society serves as a window into Castine’s past, preserving local history and hosting permanent and temporary exhibitions, lectures, education events, town walking tours, and house and garden tours. Exhibits are located in its Abbott School gallery at 17 School Street, Castine. The Grindle House offices and research library are located at 13 School Street, Castine. Research appointments are limited at this time and should be made by emailing

The Historical Society exhibits are free and open June 11 through October 11, Friday, Saturday, and Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. Free one-hour walking tours of Castine are offered Friday, Saturday, and Monday at 10 a.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. For further information about exhibits, events, and the Historical Society visit, call 326-4118, or email