100 Women in Manatee County Exhibit

100 Women in Manatee County Exhibit
Posted on 01/23/2020
MANATEE COUNTY, FL (January 23, 2020) – To celebrate women’s contributions to Manatee County and in honor of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and women’s right to vote, the Information Services team at Manatee Libraries is launching a new Eaton Room Exhibit: 100 Women in Manatee County.

Honoring the women who have shaped the history, politics, culture and industry of Manatee County, the exhibit includes early pioneers Julia “Madame Joe” Atzeroth, the first woman to build a homestead on Terra Ceia, and Myra Hunter Clark, the first female deputy sheriff.

Current community leaders, including Cheri Coryea, the first female Manatee County Administrator, current and former county and city officials and women who currently lead non-profit and business organizations also are included.

The exhibit also celebrates local women’s organizations, such as the Village Improvement Association, which founded the County’s first lending library, the Bradenton and Palmetto Woman’s Clubs and the Women’s Resource Center of Manatee, which opened in 1979 to provide life skill training, career planning and other services to local female leaders.

The public is invited to an Opening Reception on Friday, February 7, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Downtown Library. Refreshments will be served, courtesy of the Friends of the Central Library.

Ericka Dow, Information Services Supervisor, and the librarians who created the 100 Women exhibit, David Breakfield and Katie Fleck, anticipate several current leaders will be present.

As a companion to the 100 Women exhibit, Dow said portions of The National Archives’ exhibit Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote will also be featured. The Rightfully Hers panels were reproduced with permission from The National Archives.

Downtown (Central) Library is located at 1301 Barcarrota Blvd. W., Bradenton 34205. The event will take place on the Second Floor in Eaton Room. The 100 Women in Manatee County exhibit will continue through 2020.

For more information, please contact Kelly Foster, Marketing & Public Relations, at kelly.foster@mymanatee.org or 941-748-5555, x6307.

About the Manatee County Public Library System: The Florida Library Association’s 2016 Library of Year and 2013 “Library Innovation” winner, the Manatee County Public Library System supports the County’s growing community and visitors through a wide range of educational and technological resources and programs at six facilities in downtown Bradenton (Riverwalk), the east county region, the south county area, Holmes Beach, Palmetto and Ellenton. Manatee Libraries was visited by nearly 850,000 customers who made use of its resources over 3.9 million times (a record high). Downloads of their digital ebook/eaudio/movies have continued to double each year, while technical training and computer assistance were up 16%. The 47,000 customers who attended their wide variety of informational and educational programs and events reflect an increase of 130% since 2006. For more information, call Downtown Library at (941) 748-5555, ext. 6307. Follow the library on FacebookInstagram and Twitter. For more information about Manatee County Government, call 941-748-4501 or visit mymanatee.org, facebook.com/manatee.county.fl or twitter @ManateeGov