Join Jason Wilson, Historian for the Pennsylvania Capitol Preservation Committee for a tour of the history and preservation of Violet Oakley’s Senate Chamber murals Unity, the Creation and Preservation of the Union, and The Quaker Legends from the floor of the Senate.
This tour will meet and begin at the 3rd Street doors of the Pennsylvania State Capitol Building.
This program is produced in conjunction with the exhibit Picturing a More Perfect Union: Violet Oakley’s Mural Studies for the Pennsylvania Senate Chamber, 1911-1919. The exhibit features more than 50 of Violet Oakley’s original sketches for the Pennsylvania State Capitol Senate Chamber murals from the collections of The State Museum of Pennsylvania. The exhibit will be on display at The State Museum November 22, 2019 – April 26, 2020.
About the exhibit: The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment, guaranteeing women the right to vote. In recognition of this milestone, The State Museum of Pennsylvania is pleased to present more than 50 of Violet Oakley’s original sketches from its collections on the Pennsylvania Senate Chamber murals.
The first woman to ever receive a government art commission, Oakley embodied the ideal of the “New Woman” embraced by women of that era who fearlessly pushed past the limits that society imposed on them because of their gender. Created during a decade of conflict and landmark social change Oakley’s Senate Chamber murals are a singular achievement in both American Renaissance mural painting and of the era’s “New Woman.”