Daily Archives: March 3, 2017

Why travel to New York State during 2017?

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Travel to celebrate the 2017 New York State suffrage centennial! on Vimeo.

Welcome to Suffrage Wagon Cafe where we stretch out and enjoy catching up on what’s happening with suffrage news, views, events and celebrations.

There’s a great deal going on in New York this year in observance of 100 years of women voting in the state. This is a long-anticipated observance and the cultural arts scene is already buzzing with literature, music, song, conferences, exhibits, speeches, and much more.

My grandmother Edna Kearns turned a decade of her life over to make sure every woman had the right to vote and the potential to determine her own future. So did tens of thousands other activists across the nation who in some small or large way invested in and worked hard for change.

For most, the work was unpaid. These volunteers organized and persisted because they believed in women taking their rightful place in the larger society. They experienced victories and defeats. Now that a century has passed, there’s more interest than ever about the details, the many organizers and the trails they blazed over a 72-year period from 1848 to 1920. We are their grandchildren—great grandchildren, family members, extended families, and fans.


Events are being scheduled from now through to 2020, the nation’s suffrage centennial when American women will have been voting for 100 years. Get busy scheduling a fundraiser for your action group, plan a party or reception to honor women’s history with friends and family members, and go out of your way to attend events inspired by those on whose strong shoulders we stand.

The State of New York is observing its state suffrage centennial in 2017. Other state observances are planned and underway. All of this is in preparation for 2020, the nation’s observance of its women voting for a century. Many opportunities are available for you to plan activities and programs for your community organizations, action groups, and other instances to keep alive the gains of the 2017 women’s march. Join us!

Four more states are on the women’s suffrage centennial bandwagon! on Vimeo.

Marguerite Kearns is your host at Suffrage Wagon Cafe.

“Choose it and Use it” is a video reminding us of how the past is linked to what we do today and its impact on the future.

Celebrate women’s freedom to vote at Suffrage Wagon News Channel. Visit SuffrageCentennials.com to find out about centennial news, events, and celebrations.


Suffrage Centennial news & events

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Support the 2017 suffrage centennial for New York State. on Vimeo.

The “Spirit of 1776” suffrage campaign wagon used by Edna Kearns and other activists in New York’s state campaigns to win the vote is on exhibit during the month of March 2017 at the State Capitol in Albany, NY. Numerous programs and special celebrations are planned throughout the state. A conference at Cornell University sponsored by NYS Cultural Heritage Tourism on March 15th will feature what it takes to merge tourism with cultural resources such as women’s history and other sites celebrating the state’s legacy.


Upcoming “History in the Hall” Women’s History Exhibit: 100 Years: Votes for New York Women (1917-2017) at Suffolk County Historical Society, Long Island (Riverhead, NY)(suffolkcountyhistoricalsociety.org). When New York State women won the right to vote one hundred years ago—making 2017 the centennial of that historic civil rights victory—their success changed the national political landscape and was a critical tipping point on the road to a constitutional amendment. This exhibit celebrates the centennial by narrating the stories of Long Island women activists who dedicated themselves to the powerful grassroots movement. Curated by Wendy Polhemus-Annibell. On display beginning March 8, 2017.

IN OTHER NEWS: Convention Days, Inc. will honor the women and men who signed the movement’s foundational document, the Declaration of Sentiments, by recognizing the descendants of the document’s original signers. The 2017 Convention Days weekend is July 13 to 16. This year, 2017, marks the State of New York’s commemoration of 100 years of women’s full voting rights. The Declaration of Sentiments and the eleven resolutions adopted at the Seneca Falls Convention were signed by 100 of those in attendance—68 women and 32 men. Descendants of the original signers of the Declaration of Sentiments can register on the Convention Days website at ConventionDays.com or visit the Seneca Falls Visitor’s Center at 89 Fall Street, Seneca Falls, NY for more information.

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