El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park is lit up to commemorate Women’s Suffrage Centennial. (David Gala)

Casa de la Guerra, El Presidio de Santa Bárbara State Historic Park and Santa Barbara Historical Museum joined the nationwide campaign, Forward into Light to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and women’s constitutional right to vote.

Buildings and landmarks across the country were lit up in purple and gold, the colors of the American women’s suffrage movement, on Aug. 26 for the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission’s nationwide Forward Into Light campaign, named in honor of the historic suffrage slogan, Forward through the Darkness, Forward into Light.

Locally, coinciding with the national tribute of light, Tracy Beeler, Kym Cochran and Jonathan PJ Smith created a short video using photographs and propaganda from the era. It gave a glimpse of the political and social climate of the time and was intended to serve as a reminder that, 100 years later, the struggle for true equality still exists.

Sullivan Goss and Rondo Studio showed the video in their front windows for passers-by to see.

Special recognition and appreciation is offered to the following organizations and individuals who donated their time, their locations and equipment. In less than three weeks, everyone joined together resulting in Santa Barbara taking part in recognizing this milestone on the long march toward equality:

California State Parks
El Presidio de Santa Bárbara SHP 
Santa Barbara Historical Museum
Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation 
David Gala, Photographer
The Environment Makers
Studio 86
EJI Experiences
Bella Vista Designs
Spark Creative Events
Lucidity Festival
Sullivan Goss, An American Gallery
Rondo Studio
Tracy Beeler
David Moore
Jonathan Smith