“Hey, people like history. Some love it. They read books, go to history-themed movies, visit museums and historic sites, preserve buildings, research their family genealogies, participate in re-enactments, support local historical societies, and hold never-ending debates about historical subjects that matter to them. History is fun, yes, and even entertaining. But it’s more than that. A good history program educates people and makes them better citizens. It builds an appreciation for our sense of place and raises the quality of life for everyone. And it helps promote economic growth.” Bob Weible is the state historian of NY. The resources of the state library, museum and archives are available online. LINK PDF
Trolling the internet for suffrage news involves visiting a variety of online sites. I wouldn’t have expected the Catholic Church, for example, to consider sainthood for suffragist Dorothy Day who served jail time for the vote. LINK PDF Unlikely reference to suffrage in green building post. LINK PDF Quilters 2012 sew a block about universal suffrage. LINK Have you registered yet for One Billion Rising in February 2013? LINK
December newsletter for Sewall-Belmont House. Link #1. New Hampshire women stand on strong shoulders. Link #2. Link #2a. Rethinking voter registration. Link #3. Link #3a. Vote for grandmother. Link #4. Link #4a. Ulster’s suffrage centennial in Northern Ireland. Link #5. Link $5a. Formerly banned suffrage speech in the Bahamas. Link #6. Link #6a. Anniversary of woman’s suffrage in the Phillipines. Link #7. 2012 election outcome. Link #8. Link #8a.
Exhibit of Christmas cards with social themes, including suffrage. Link #9. Link #9a. Mark Twain support of suffrage included with other social issues. Link #10. Link #10a. Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Hurricane Sandy. Link #11. The soul of voting and other civil rights movements shouldn’t be forgotten. Link #12. Link #12a. The Oregon suffrage centennial continues. Link #13. Link #13a. Women and the 2012 vote. Link #14. Pews dedicated to Mrs. Pankhurst in the UK will have to be moved. Link #15. Link #15a. Susan B. Anthony remembered in Kansas. Link #16. Link #16a. People revisiting Emily Davison’s death in the UK. Link #17. Link #17a. Call for more suffrage scholarship in the UK. Link #18. Link #18a. Anti Suffrage postcards important to study today. Link #19. Link #19a. More centennial events in Oregon. Link #20. Link #21. Celebrating over tea Susan B. Anthony’s attempt to vote. Link #22.
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I can’t help but pounce on all the references I can find to the suffrage movement in the media theses days. There are so many I can’t keep up, especially during this election season. Start with the demand for Alice Paul coin that exceeds all expectations. Link A. Link A-1. Fans have been busy sewing the Kansas block for the online Votes for Women quilt project. Link B. Link B-1. For other blocks, see below or subscribe to the quilt blog. Visit the Susan B. Anthony House in upstate New York on election day. Link C. Link C-1. We take for granted that women joined the suffrage movement easily. Not true. The cult of true womanhood worked against this. Link #1, Link #1a.
Ever taken a cruise to the Bahamas? Their 50th anniversary of women voting in the Bahamas raises some interesting issues. First, commemorative stamps that honor individual women and the movement’s origins. Link#2. Link #2a. And there are more news notes from all over: California celebrates 101 years of women voting and many make certain that leadership roles for women and girls continues as a priority. Link #3. Link #3a. Oregon talk is part of the state’s suffrage centennial: Link #4. Link #4a. Work on the online suffrage quilt project continues with the New Jersey star. Link #5. Link #5a. So much fuss about women voters. Link #6. Link #6a.
Teacher open house at Gage Foundation home. Link #8. Link #8a. Presidential debate fallout. Link #9. Link #9a. Green presidential candidate Jill Stein talks about multiple parties and mentions suffrage movement. Link #10. Link #10a. Alice Paul coin update. Link #11. Link #11a. Suffrage movement in Canada. Link #12. Link #12a. Suffrage activism of a tenant noted in New York City building. Link #13. Link #13a. Suffrage play in the UK. Link #14. Link #14a. Women voters in Africa. Link #15. Link #15a. Presidential candidates woo American women voters. Link #16. Link #16a. Comedy Central refers to 1920 when American women won the vote. Link #17. Link #17a.
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Illustration: Vintage postcard from the turn of the 20th century. From the collection of Suffrage Wagon News Channel.
“The Spirit of 1776” (Grandmother Edna Kearns’ suffrage campaign wagon) is displayed in the Hall of Governors at the NYS capitol in Albany through May 2012. What a dream come true, and something so many of us have been visualizing for so long. The exhibit honoring the accomplishments of NYS women is under the auspices of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office, and here’s the press release distributed to spread the word. And other information: Link #1, Link #2. The exhibit opened during Women’s History Month, and what a perfect way to celebrate. And don’t forget to take a look at the article by Tara Bloyd (Edna Kearns’ great-granddaughter) that appeared in “Albany Kid” this past week. Its focus is little Serena Kearns who played a role in the movement as a suffrage poster child.