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Every now and then, historical forces collide in a way that, when looking back, make absolute sense. But for those living in the moment, it can be overwhelming and exhausting. In March 1918, Dallas women experienced two distinct, but connected triumphs: they opened a large canteen, serving all the soldiers passing through the city on their way to World War I battlefields. And they also won the right to vote in Texas primaries. Many women worked on both major causes. Though we can’t know exactly what Dallas women felt, it doesn’t take much historical imagination to feel their exhaustion and their joy during the events of March 1918.




Dallas Heritage Village presents The Portal to Texas History, sponsored by The University of North Texas, a gateway to rare, historical, and primary source materials from or about Texas.