Headed for Albany, NY to see Edna Kearns’ suffrage wagon?

The suffrage campaign wagon used by suffragist Edna Kearns on Long Island and in NYC is expected to be on exhibit through the summer of 2012 at the Hall of the Governors in the state capitol in Albany, NY.  To refresh your memory. . . check out the article below that appeared in the NY Times on August 1, 1913 at the time of the wagon’s presentation to the state suffrage movement.

This suffrage campaign wagon is representative of other horse-drawn wagons used in parades and in grassroots organizing for the suffrage movement. It’s likely that there are only two of these wagons existing today that were pressed into service for the Votes for Women cause.

One is Edna Kearns’ wagon, now in the permanent collection of the New  York State Museum and on exhibit now in the Hall of Governors in Albany. The other suffrage campaign wagon is the Smithsonian’s collection. Grandmother Edna Kearns was a squirrel when it came to documenting her suffrage organizing work, and the suffrage wagon has a history of its very own with the stories about it that I’m in the process of locating, collecting and sharing.

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4 responses to “Headed for Albany, NY to see Edna Kearns’ suffrage wagon?

  1. Crossing my fingers that the wagon will be on exhibit again, as I can’t figure out a way to visit this time…

  2. The WCTU was very interested in a number of social reform issues, including labor, prostitution , public health , sanitation, and international peace. As the movement grew in numbers and strength, members of the WCTU also focused on suffrage. The WCTU was instrumental in organizing woman’s suffrage leaders and in helping more women become involved in American politics. Local chapters, known as “unions”, were largely autonomous, though linked to state and national headquarters. Willard pushed for the “Home Protection” ballot, arguing that women, being the superior sex morally, needed the vote in order to act as “citizen-mothers” and protect their homes and cure society’s ills. At a time when suffragists still alienated most American women, who viewed them as radicals , the WCTU offered a more traditionally feminine and appropriate organization for women to join.

  3. Songs of the Suffragettes Folkways Records #FH5281. First recorded in the 1958 and reissued in 1995, with excellent liner notes about the women’s suffrage movement.

  4. Monty Python II

    I’m coming along with you, all the way. Let’s get a woman in the Hall of Governors.

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