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Happy March: Women's History Month
March is National Women's History Month. The House Archives will be highlighting four women of the PA House each Wednesday. Check our Facebook and Instagram pages for our "Women Wednesday" feature.  Pennsylvania Suffragettes, LOC This year is the 100 th anniversary of the federal government granting women the right to vote in the United States. On June 4, 1919 the 19 th amendment passed Congress, and on August 18, 1920 the amendment was ratified.  Women were trying to gain the vote as...
Susie Monroe
Born on March 4, 1885, Susie Monroe was from Jacksonville, Florida. She attended St. Athanasius High School before moving to Pennsylvania, more specifically, Philadelphia, and later married James Talbott Monroe. Rep. Susie Monroe campaign poster, House Archives She became involved in community politics shortly after moving to Philadelphia as she was the chair of the 32nd Ward Democratic Executive Committee. She volunteered for the Salvation Army, March of Dimes, and other local organizations. D...
Frank L. Oliver
Rep. Frank L. Oliver Frank L. Oliver represented the 195th Legislative District in Philadelphia from 1972 to 2010. Oliver was born on April 15, 1922 in Philadelphia. Following his education in the Philadelphia, Oliver graduated from Dobbins Vocational School. After graduation, he worked at the Philadelphia Navy Yard and was a supervisor in the food service division for the Philadelphia Board of Education, and a deputy sheriff for Philadelphia County. He also served as an electrician for the Phi...
Constiuents and Community: a digital exhibit
The materials shown below were from a recent exhibit in the Capitol Rotunda titled “Constituents and Community.” The items in the exhibit illustrated the relationship between House Members and the community they served. At the end of a House Member’s term in office, he or she can donate their personal papers to the House Archives to be preserved. Former House Members William Adolph and Dwight Evans both provided substantial collections of personal materials to the House Archives. Contributions ...