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Planning & preparation for 2020 suffrage centennial observance!

Protect American women’s voting rights! on Vimeo.

In honor of the August 26, 2020 U.S. centennial celebration, the National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites (NCWHS) is developing a nationwide Votes for Women Trail that will highlight the role of each state in the 72-year campaign to win votes for women. Will you join?

The trail will feature the buildings, sites, historical markers, and monuments where woman suffrage activity took place in the United States before August 26, 1920. The goal is to create a national trail dedicated to documenting the story of woman suffrage, but it’s necessary to start on the local level.

Tennessee played a crucial role in the battle for woman suffrage and deserves to be well represented on this national map. Please help. The NCWHS is looking for: buildings, monuments, historical markers, gravesites, historic sites
Anti-Suffrage sites and events
When in doubt, submit! The coordinating editor of the Votes for Women Trail reviews all submissions and will make the determination if the site should be included.

OTHER NEWS NOTES:

HarperCollins will publish a nonfiction book by Ann Patchett about women’s voting rights to honor the 2020 centennial. The book Vote will bring together suffrage history, Patchett’s personal experience registering voters, and advocacy about the importance of voting. Patchett lives in Nashville where she owns the bookstore, Parnassus Books.

PBS’ American Experience is developing a four-hour documentary for 2020. This opens up an opportunity for us to approach local or state PBS stations about preparing related documentaries about suffrage history.

 The Minnesota Historical Society is preparing a major exhibit on the American suffrage movement for 2020. The exhibit will first be housed in St. Paul MN at the Minnesota History Center and then will tour. Contact your city or state historical society or museum and ask them to host the MHS suffrage exhibit or develop one with local or state content. Museums in Kentucky, Arkansas, Boston, Washington, DC, Cincinnati, California, Washington state, and others are already laying the foundations for 2020.

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White House Picketing & Hot Tea in 1917  on Vimeo.

American women picketed White House 100 years ago in support of voting rights! on Vimeo.

News from the women’s suffrage movement in the first wave.

Convention Days 2017 commemorates the U.S. Women’s Rights Convention held in 1848 that represented a turning point in the struggle for women’s rights in the United States. This three-day festival highlights speakers, workshops, historical re-enactors, theatrical performances, live music, film screenings, children’s activities, art exhibits, and more!

 A sampling of events commemorating the 100 anniversary of women voting in New York State. “The Rest of the Story of the Suffrage Movement” is a program on June 17, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the Athens Cultural Center, 24 Second St., Athens, New York.This program offered in conjunction with the exhibition “A Declaration of Sentiments: Reflections on the Centennial of Women’s Right to Vote in New York State” is by Sally Roesch Wagner. Visit athensculturalcenter.org for more information.

The New York State tourism department is promoting the 100th anniversary of women voting in New York State to draw attention to the state’s rich historical and cultural heritage resources. Writer Brooke Kroeger’s blog has a great list of upcoming books of interest that is worth checking out. The list includes her own book, The Suffragents,” scheduled for this coming fall, as well as a book by Ann Pachette entitled Vote; Remember the Ladies by Anglea P. Dodson, Gilded Suffragists by Johanna Neuman, and Max Eastman by Christoph Irmscher. Check out her blog.

On the home front—this article appeared in the Long Island press in March 1917:

Rockville Centre, L.I.—In the mind of the pretty little Miss Serena B. Kearns, daughter of Mrs. Edna Buckman Kearns of Waterview Road, women would have been promised the vote by President Woodrow Wilson, if he had seen her during the procession attending his inauguration on Sunday, March 4. Miss Kearns, who was on sentry duty in behalf of the cause waited.

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Women’s suffrage centennial news updates!

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Wyse Talk – Kenneth Florey: 5/19/2016 from Branford Community Television on Vimeo.

Scholar and collector of women’s suffrage materials Kenneth Florey discusses his published books and is generous when sharing his knowledge and love of the women’s suffrage movement. The above video from Vimeo is one such example. Check out Kenneth Florey’s website.

Highlights from Kenneth Florey’s book on suffrage movement postcards.

“American Woman Suffrage Postcards” by Kenneth Florey on Vimeo.

IN OTHER NEWS:

Suffrage activist Alice Paul used the title “Toward Equality” for her 1928 law school thesis. The volunteer task force planning the national 2020 centennial has chosen “Toward Equality” for its logo and campaign theme. The Minnesota History Center Museum is working on a suffrage exhibition to travel across the nation in 2020. The Lake George, NY Historical Association opened its exhibit on women’s suffrage in May of 2017. Increasing amounts of suffrage-related jewelry is now available on the market. Performances of suffrage songs from history are also popular. Performer Linda Allen from the state of Washington is one example.

UPDATE ON FEDERAL SUFFRAGE BILL IN CONGRESS

The 2020 Women’s Vote Centennial has a listserv. An update on a federal bill to establish a 2020 suffrage centennials is being monitored. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) introduced the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission Act into the 115th Congress in April. The bill is co-sponsored by 15 of the 21 female senators; 14 of the 15 Democratic women co-sponsored (plus Republican Susan Collins of Maine).  The bill has been included in the FY 17 omnibus spending measure with a $2 million appropriation attached.  It must still pass the House and be signed by the president.

HISTORY OF NYS SUFFRAGE COMMISSION (Courtesy, Humanities New York!)

June 2015: Two bills establishing the commission (A01019A/S02388-A) passed unanimously by both the New York State Assembly and New York State Senate with the support from Senator Little and Assemblymember Gunther.

November 2015: NYS Governor Cuomo signed the state centennial commission bill into law.
March 1, 2016: Governor Cuomo appointed Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul to the Commission and proclaimed March Women’s History month in New York.
August 22, 2016: the Commission held its first meeting at The M’Clintock House in Waterloo, NY where Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul was nominated Chair.
March 1, 2017: Commission met at Albany, NY to unveil the new website and outline plans for the year ahead.
June 2017: Meeting of Suffrage Commission in New York City.
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Preorder exhibit catalog for suffrage centennial exhibit!


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Votes for Women, an exhibition catalog for the November 2017 exhibit at the New York State Museum in Albany, NY is available for advance ordering on Amazon. The exhibition paperback celebrates the pivotal role the state played in the struggle for equal rights in the nineteenth century, the state campaign for suffrage, and the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment. It highlights the nationally significant role of state leaders relative to women’s rights and the feminist movement through the early twenty-first century and includes focused essays from historians on the various aspects of the suffrage and equal rights movements around New York, providing greater detail about local stories with statewide significance.

The exhibition of the same name, on display at the New York State Museum opening November 4 2017, features artifacts from the New York State Museum, Library, and Archives, as well as historical institutions and private collections across the state.

The “Spirit of 1776” suffrage campaign wagon used by Long Island and NYC suffrage activist Edna Kearns will be part of the November exhibit that runs through May 2018.

 

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More events for 2017 suffrage centennial observance, plus video!

The 2017 New York suffrage centennial is inspiring fans to cook up a storm!  on Vimeo.

It’s not only New Yorkers who are inspired by the 2017 state centennial to cook a special recipe during the centennial celebrations. Invite friends and family members over for an afternoon tea, a fundraiser, an outdoor picnic or dinner.

A PROGRAM ABOUT SUFFRAGE AND BICYCLES

The Clermont State Historic Site in the Hudson Valley of NYS will celebrate the centennial of women’s suffrage in New York State with “Woman on a Wheel,” a history ride program, on June 17, 2017. Kjirsten Gustavson will visit the site at 10 a.m. in her reproduction 1890s bicycle costume to talk about the impact of the bike on women’s social status in the years before the vote. After a short discussion, visitors will be invited to jump on their own bikes to join Gustavson on a five-mile trip on the site’s wooded trails. Lemonade and treats will be served at in the Visitors’ Center at the ride’s end. Call (518) 537-4240 to reserve a spot. The price is $5 per adult. Children under 12 are free. Children 14 years old and younger are required to wear a helmet.

WHAT THE SUFFRAGE ACTIVISTS FACED:

Oneida Public Library

Dr. Roxanna Pisiak, a professor of Humanities at Morrisville State College, will present a lecture on “The 19th-Century Upstate Response to Women’s Suffrage,” at Oneida Public Library on Thursday, June 8, at 7 p.m.

Based on her research into the 19th-century upstate New York press and the writings of the region’s leading politicians, clerics and intellectuals, Pisiak will highlight the hostility, ridicule and hurdles suffrage activists faced. Many of their adversaries were educated women shocked by calls for women’s equality with men.

The program is made possible by an Action Grant from Humanities New York as part of the Oneida Public Library’s observance of the state’s suffrage centennial. The program is free.

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New York State’s suffrage centennial video, plus news notes!

Video produced by the State of New York to promote its 2017 suffrage centennial.

NEWS NOTES: Tennessee has named a street for a suffrage activist. New York’s historic equal rights attractions are getting a marketing boost from the state. As part of its “I Love New York” program the State of New York is highlighting its 100th anniversary of women voting during 2017. The campaign started with its first video recently. The ad campaign is part of the state’s roughly $50 million a year ad campaign to promote tourism and business development.

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN NYS’S SUFFRAGE CENTENNIAL: VoteTilla is a week-long navigational celebration scheduled for along the Erie Canal from July 17 to 22, 2017. With five rented canal boats, the entourage will leave from Seneca Falls, NY and travel to Rochester where there will be a parade and celebration at the National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House.

The transformation of the 1844 Seneca Knitting Mill, Seneca Falls, NY, is a historic building located on a branch of the Erie Canal system. A fundraising campaign is underway to change it into a permanent home for the National Women’s Hall of Fame. The adaptive rehabilitation of the Mill will also preserve this historic structure and honor the laborers, primarily women, who worked in the mill until its closure in 1999.

IN OTHER NEWS:

In recognition of the Seneca people and their cultural and societal legacy in NYS—especially their impact and influence on the early suffrage activists—the Middlesex Heritage Group will host its 26th annual Seneca Heritage Day on Saturday, September 2, 2017 from 2 to 4 pm. The free event will take place on the grounds of the historic Overackers Corner​s​ Schoolhouse in Middlesex, NY. Ganondagan’s Peter Jemison and Ronnie Reitter will talk about women’s roles in the Iroquois Confederacy and their influence on early feminists. The afternoon program features performances by Seneca singers and social dancers in traditional regalia, as well as a children’s storyteller. Free ice cream will be served and pies will be available for purchase. Overackers Corners Schoolhouse is located on Route 364 and North Vine Valley Road. The Kitchen Theatre in Ithaca, NY (417 West State Street/MLK, Jr. Street) has produced “4 Plays 100 Years” for the 2017 state suffrage centennial.

LENDERS TO EXHIBIT AT NEW YORK STATE MUSEUM SUFFRAGE EXHIBIT OPENING NOVEMBER 4, 2017 IN ALBANY, NY

Albany Institute of History & Art
Bellevue Alumnae Center for Nursing History Archive
Binghamton University Libraries, Binghamton University,
State University of New York
Bryn Mawr College
Buffalo History Museum
Chautauqua County Historical Society, McClurg Museum
Clinton Historical Society
Coline Jenkins, Elizabeth Cady Stanton Family
Cortland Historical Society
Diana Mara Henry Photography
Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site, Val-Kill
Elizabeth Cady Stanton Trust
Elizabeth Meaders
FDR Presidential Library and Museum
Geneva Historical Society
Howland Stone Store Museum
Keene Valley Library
Kheel Center, Cornell University
League of Women Voters of New York State
Library of Congress
Marguerite Kearns
Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation
Ms. Magazine
Museum of the City of New York
National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House
New York Public Library
New York State Department of Labor
New York State Historical Association
New York State Parks, Lorenzo State Historic Site
Onondaga Historical Association
Pam Elam Collection
Rochester City Historian
Rochester Historical Society
Ronnie Lapinski Sax Collection
Seneca Falls Historical Society
Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College
University of Rochester
Women’s Rights National Historic Park

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The women of Woodstock, NY: A history in a historical exhibit!

“Spirit of 1776” suffrage wagon on exhibit during 2017 on Vimeo.

Exhibit of Historical Society of Woodstock (Woodstock, NY) opens June 17, 2017 and runs through September 3, 2017.This photo shows Woodstock women voting for the first time in 1918. From the Byrdcliffe Alf Evers photo collection.

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