The Riley County Historical Museum will display a letter written by Susan. B Anthony, a 19th century women’s rights advocate and champion, beginning Tuesday.

Anthony, born 200 years ago on Feb. 15, 1820, visited Manhattan a number of times while advocating for women’s rights.

She wrote a letter to Annie Pillsbury Young, who helped establish a library in Manhattan in the 1800s.

Young gave the letter to the Manhattan Public Library. The library then donated it to the Riley County Historical Society, said Cheryl Collins, museum director.

The letter as well as a photo of Anthony will be on display at the museum, 2309 Claflin Road.

The exhibit is on display starting Tuesday until Feb. 18.

In 1892, Anthony had given a photo of herself to Lillian Beck Holton, whose family had owned the Holton Recorder newspaper, Collins said. Anthony had visited Holton.

Holton later lived in Manhattan and donated the photo to the Riley County Historical Society.

In other action Monday, commissioners:

  • Recognized county employees with years of service awards. Commissioners recognized employees for eight, 16 and 24 years of service. Chairman Marvin Rodriguez presented each employee with a certificate.

“It just proves, if you have a great place to work, you got a lot of people working a long time,” Rodriguez said. “So we hope you continue to stay here, even though you may be 93.”

  • The commission recognized employees from the Riley County Health Department, treasurer’s department and public works department, among others.

Discussed a coloring book featuring women in Riley County with Cheryl Collins, director of the Riley County Historical Museum.

This coloring book is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, which granted women the right to vote. The Riley County Historical Museum is working with the Riley County Genealogical Society to create this book for USD 383 elementary children.

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