In 1920, many women around the country won the right to vote with the passage of the 19th amendment.  The Badass Women of Keene walking tour delves into the history of that occasion from a local perspective.  This history-on-the-streets experience highlights empowered women from the community and shares one city’s involvement with a national movement.

The Historical Society of Cheshire County in Keene, NH, is committed to collecting, preserving, researching, and sharing stories of some amazing women from the Monadnock region. The research conducted to create The Badass Women of Keene walking tour provides visitors with an opportunity to link local history to national events, compare the past with the present, hear new perspectives on an issue taught in school, and to think critically about the history of women’s suffrage in all of its complexity.

Space is limited to 8 people.  Advanced registration is required; a rendezvous point downtown Keene will be disclosed prior to event. Tickets are $10/person.  You must bring a printed copy of your ticket or show it on your smartphone to the tour guide.  This is a 1.5 – 2 hour walking tour on mostly pavement and flat surfaces. Please wear comfortable shoes, bring a water bottle, dress for the weather, and follow COVID Health & Safety measures listed below.


For private and group tour information please email our Education Director, Jennifer Carroll at


Thank you to NH Humanities,  Putnam Foundation and the NH Gives Campaign Donors 2020 for funding this walking tour.

COVID-19 Health & Safety Measures

Historical Society of Cheshire County

COVID-19 Health & Safety Measures

We look forward to welcoming you to a guided walking tour of The Bad Ass Women of Keene.  At this time we must limit the tours to an 8 person maximum. Below are the visitor Covid-19 safety guidelines to help orient you before you arrive and ensure you get the most out of your experience.

By purchasing a walking tour ticket from the Historical Society, you agree to abide by these policies.

Masks are required for all visitors at all times.

CDC guidelines advise that masks should reach above the nose, below the chin, and completely cover the mouth and nostrils, fitting snugly against the side of the face.



Wash hands and use hand sanitizer.

Help prevent the spread of germs by washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before your tour.


Social distancing is required at all times.

Visitors and staff must keep at least 6 feet from others on outdoor walking tours.


Stay home if you are feeling sick or symptomatic.

Please do not join the tour if you or anyone in your party has experienced any symptoms related to Covid-19 in the past 14 days. Staff will be performing self-health checks before coming into work.


Walking tours admission.

All visitors, including members, must purchase or reserve tickets more than 24 hours in advance. No walk-up tickets will be available at this time. Tickets are available for purchase in advance online: click                                 link here to purchase tickets.


Have a happy and healthy tour experience.

Bring water, hand sanitizer, tissues, and a spare mask with you. Be prepared to stand or walk for 1.5 to 2 hours and to be outside throughout your tour.


Listen to your Educator.

Historical Society staff must enforce these guidelines to ensure the safety of everyone on our tours. Please make sure to follow their directions.