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Carrie Lane Chapman Catt Girlhood Home and Museum

Carrie Lane Chapman Catt Girlhood Home and Museum

Iowa-raised Carrie Lane Chapman Catt led a national women’s suffrage association that organized support in every state and at the national level.

The Carrie Lane Chapman Catt Girlhood Home and Museum, located near Charles City in northeast Iowa, is the historic site where Catt lived with her family from the age of seven to 18. Even though she graduated from Charles City High School in  1877 and enrolled at the state's agricultural and science college in Ames, Catt's ties to the home remained strong as she continued to visit her family. The house remains at its original location today.


Expedition Activities
   + Goldie at Home Activity from the Carrie Lane Chapman Catt Girlhood Home and Museum
   + Interactive Timeline of Carrie Lane Chapman Catt
   + Iowa Women's Suffrage Collection (Photo Gallery)
   + "Carrie Chapman Catt: Warrior for Women" Documentary (Iowa PBS)
   + Featured Webinar about the Iowa PBS Documentary (State Historical Society of Iowa)
   + The Goldfinch: Carrie Chapman Catt and Women's Suffrage

Goldie at Home Activity

Goldie at Home activities connect Iowa history with STEAM education – science, technology, engineering, art and math. This Goldie at Home activity is in partnership with the Carrie Lane Chapman Catt Girlhood Home and Museum and focuses on how the Iowan became a suffragist and the ribbons worn by people to show their support of the movement. 

Explore Photographs

The Iowa Women's Suffrage Collection documents key players and moments in the Iowa women's suffrage story, as well as national figures that influenced the movement.
     + Goldie's visual literacy instructions help you look beyond an image to search for clues to better understand a historic photo.

Watch Videos about Carrie Lane Chapman Catt 

Watch the Iowa PBS documentary "Carrie Chapman Catt: Warrior for Women" to see the compelling story of Iowa suffragist Carrie Lane Chapman Catt and her role in the women's suffrage movement (57 minutes). 
     + View a special webinar from the State Historical Society of Iowa featuring Tim Lane, Catt's great-great nephew, and Laurel Bower, producer of the Iowa PBS documentary.

Discover Additional Resources

     + Explore the Carrier Lane Chapman Catt interactive timeline to review notable moments of her life from 1859 to 1949. 
     + Activities, stories and more for kids are available in The Goldfinch: Carrie Chapman Catt and Women's Suffrage (September 1989).