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Aug. 19, 2010
MARYVILLE, Mo. - A Northwest student retraced the story of Alma Nash and the Maryville Ladies Military Band in a special new exhibit being highlighted this weekend as the Nodaway County Historical Society sponsors a reenactment of events surrounding a woman suffrage parade in 1913.
Meghaan Binkley, a Kansas City, Mo., native pursuing a graduate degree in history, completed the exhibit as part of her summer internship at the Historical Society. She earned her bachelor's degree in history from Northwest in July.
With a collection of black and white photos, the exhibit details how the musically-gifted Nash went from the Maryville Seminary during the late 1800s to joining bands in Colorado and New Jersey. In 1905, Nash returned to northwest Missouri and founded the Maryville School of Banjo, Mandolin & Guitar.
In 1912, Nash began the Maryville Ladies Military Band with area students. During the ensuing months, the band raised enough money for 23 band members to travel to Washington, D.C., where they marched in the woman suffrage parade on March 3, 1913. Ten bands marched that day, but the Maryville band is believed to be the first all-female band in the country.
The public is invited to a free program at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 22, at the Historical Society, 110 N. Walnut St. The program will feature local women reenacting the excitement band members felt about the parade.
Binkley's exhibit can be viewed anytime the museum is open. Hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and by appointment.
Binkley also organized an exhibit of 19th century wedding dresses at the Historical Society and cataloged items using new museum software.
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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