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Suffrage anthology launch party & readings!

Thursday, October 26, 2017 is the reading and launch party for “NY Votes for Women” at the History Center in Tompkins County (Ithaca, NY). Twenty-one women explore these questions in a variety of engaging memoirs, stories and poems. Join Cayuga Lake Books, the Anthology editors, and readers. Order the book online. Another reading is scheduled for Fayetteville, NY at the Matilda Joslyn Gage House. 

Publisher: Cayuga Lake Books (September 26, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1681111993
ISBN-13: 978-1681111995
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches

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Suffrage centennial events in Albany and New York City—celebration continues!

New York State Museum will exhibit “Spirit of 1776” suffrage wagon in 2017! on Vimeo.

The suffrage wagon used by Edna Kearns on Long Island and in New York City will be part of a large Votes for Women exhibition at the NYS Museum in Albany, NY. The show, “VOTES FOR WOMEN: Celebrating New York’s Suffrage Centennial” opens on November 4, 2017 and runs through May 13, 2018. The exhibition is being organized by the New York State Museum, New York State Library, and New York State Archives.

If you’re planning a trip to the “cradle” of the women’s rights movement in NYS during 2017, watch for upcoming news about special events, celebrations, conferences, and much more. New York State has a funded state suffrage commission that met during 2016 and 2017 and will continue meeting through 2020, the 100-year observance that American women have been preparing for. This means local, regional, state, and national events and celebrations. The Votes for Women exhibit will feature collections from the New York State Museum, New York State Library, and the New York State Archives, as well as artifacts from historical institutions and private collections.

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“Spirit of 1776” wagon story featured in NYS women’s suffrage anthology!

The story of the “Spirit of 1776” wagon is featured in NY Votes for Women: A Suffrage Centennial Anthology, a project of the Writer’s Block Party, an informal group of novice and experienced writers, who discuss the writing process and experiences as well as ask questions and seek support.

It is scheduled for release soon by Cayuga Lake Books in Ithaca, NY.

State of New York rolls out red carpet for 100 years of women voting on Vimeo.

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

The suffrage activists were “there” for us. Let’s be “there” for them by voting and becoming leaders in the world today. More information. Find out even more.

New York State suffrage events take off!

 

The New York Women’s Vote Centennial Project is a partnership on the NYS governor and lt. governor and the American Federation of Teachers and First Book celebrating the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York on November 6, 2017. The competition invites teachers to develop classroom projects and activities to mark the suffrage centennial. Fifteen winners will be chosen.

Projects may focus on women’s history, civic engagement, the democratic process, equal rights, or a related topic. Educators and students are encouraged to explore the question: 100 years from now, when future generations look back, what will our equal rights legacy be?  Projects for any grade, K-12, will be considered. October 11, 2017 is the application deadline.

The New York State Women’s Suffrage Commission, chaired by Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, is organizing programs to commemorate women’s suffrage between 2017, To learn more, visit www.ny.gov/suffrage.

STATE SUFFRAGE CONFERENCE ON NOVEMBER 4, 2017

The New York Women’s Suffrage Centennial Conference, celebrating the centennial of women’s suffrage in New York State, will be held on Saturday, November 4 at the Archives Partnership Trust headquarters located at the Cultural Education Center, 222 Madison Avenue, Empire State Plaza in Albany.

The celebration continues after the conference when the League of Women Voters of New York State Education Foundation and the New York State Archives host an opening reception of Votes for Women: Celebrating New York’s Suffrage Centennial. Votes for Women is an exhibition organized by the New York State Museum to commemorate the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote in New York State. For more information on the evening reception and for tickets, click here.

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The best roast corn recipe from Suffrage Wagon Cooking School!

It’s August and fresh corn is coming in from the fields. Don’t boil it or keep it in the fridge until it’s hard and stale. Rush immediately to the best source of fresh corn and cook it ASAP. Chef Cutting shares his secrets as well as a delicious way to roast corn with the husks on. The flavor stays in and your dinner guests, friends and family members will have sweet butter dipping onto their chins as they say “ahhhh.”

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Celebrate Pi Day with American apple pie for women voters! on Vimeo.

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Women’s Equality Week in Seneca Falls, NWHP Gazette available, events & programs!

“Spirit of 1776” women’s suffrage wagon on exhibit in 2017! on Vimeo.

The National Women’s History Project has published a special issue of the Gazette—”How Women Won the Vote.” The publication is available for events and observances in time for August 26th, Women’s Equality Day. A single copy is free. Bulk orders are $10 for 25 copies. Contact the NWHP for details.

A women’s convention is planned for October 2017 in Chicago. The event will attract thousands of women of all backgrounds to Detroit from October 26 – 28 for a weekend of workshops, strategy sessions, inspiring forums and movement building to continue the preparation for the 2018 mid-term elections. Early registration is available. Contact Mariam at mariam@womensmarch.com with questions, comments, or ideas.

Women’s Equality Week will be observed from August 18 to August 27, 2017 at the Women’s Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls, NY. Each day during the week will feature presentations on one of eight women. Ranger led talks on each individual will take place at 11 am and 3 pm. Nineteen additional women will be highlighted with displays and descriptions.

Planning a trip? Include a visit to the New York State Museum in Albany, NY for its votes for women exhibit that opens on November 4, 2017 in Albany for a much-anticipated display of New York’s treasures, many of them never seen in public before. The “Spirit of 1776” suffrage campaign wagon used by Edna Kearns will be part of the exhibit.

Organizing an event or celebration for August 26th—Women’s Equality Day? There is movement underway to build support to make the date a national holiday. Get busy now on the local and state level and visit the National Women’s History Project web site for details.

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National Women’s History Project publishes Gazette about 2020 centennial!

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“How Women Won the Vote” is the theme of the National Women’s History Project’s “Gazette,” a 24-page special issue. It includes a valuable “Call to Action” to alert citizens from coast to coast to get ready for the 2020 national suffrage centennial. A single copy is free. A total of 25 copies can be purchased for $10 from the NWHP store online.

The National Women’s History Project’s 2017 special edition devoted to the women’s suffrage grassroots movement is a pivotal and groundbreaking marker in time alerting Americans to write women back into history. This has been the vision of the NWHP for the past 35 years.

The “Call to Action” editorial doesn’t mention the debates that will inevitably surface with the passage of time on the national level. The focus instead is on recognizing the significance of this dramatic social movement and rally individuals and organizations to recognize our history for what it is—all of it. There is a great deal to acknowledge. The Gazette editorial reads in part:

“The Women’s Suffrage Centennial honors this specific part of American history. We encourage celebrations to keep the focus on the women who won the vote and not leave them behind in discussions of contemporary history. The anniversary is not the time for such general approaches as ‘women in America’ or ‘women in protest.’ Rather, it should mark the start of many shows, exhibits, discussions and art on the historic and spiritual importance of multicultural suffragists…”

To keep a 2020 national suffrage commission focused on history rather than politics will be a challenge. Some political operatives are already turning the 2020 national centennial into an ideological battleground with the appointment of those who will serve on the commission. It wasn’t long ago that most Americans didn’t understand the meaning of or they couldn’t pronounce the word “suffrage.” Even fewer were aware of what it meant. This is changing.

Don’t forget that the “How Women Won the Vote” issue is available for bulk distribution through the National Women’s History Project’s store. Prior issues of the NWHP’s publication have been popular among educators and organizations.

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Edna Kearns and attention for her women’s suffrage work! on Vimeo.

Recognition comes from many directions. Here’s a link (below) remembering suffrage activist Inez Milholland on “Miriam’s Well,” a blog by well-known poet and writer Miriam Sagan.

https://miriamswell.wordpress.com/2017/01/16/forward-into-light-remembering-suffrage-and-inez-milholland/

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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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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!

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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.

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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!

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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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What’s happening with suffrage centennial events & celebrations!

Inspiration for visiting Harriet Tubman’s home, plus other historic sites! on Vimeo.

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

The transformation of the 1844 Seneca Knitting Mill in Seneca Falls, NY is underway. This historic building is 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 strengthen public awareness of women’s history and preserve this historic structure and honor the laborers, primarily women, who worked in the mill until its closure in 1999.

IN OTHER NEWS: The National Woman’s Party is entrusted with a historically valuable collection of women’s history artifacts, including the picket banners used 100 years ago that are seriously in need of repair for display at the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument in Washington, DC as well as public institutions across the country. An immediate priority for the 2020 suffrage centennial is the original “Failure is Impossible” banner, circa 1913-1917 that requires immediate conservation treatment. The Belmont-Paul national monument staff is halfway to its goal of $5,000 to begin the restoration process.

EVENTS IN JUNE: On June 17, 2017 the Shaker Museum in New Lebanon, NY will celebrate women’s rights with the exhibition “Break Every Yoke: Shakers, gender equality, and women’s suffrage.” The exhibition traces the evolution of Shaker gender relations from the earliest prophecies of Mother Lee to the struggles of Shakers in the fight for universal suffrage. The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with a free picnic on the lawn at the North Family. For information: (518) 794-9100 ext.220. Admission is free. Also on June 17, the Yates County History Center in Penn Yann, NY will open the exhibit “Political Postcards” at the L. Caroline Underwood Museum on June 17. Also explore the women’s suffrage exhibit “Hear Our One Voice.” On June 18, the Captain David Crawford House of Newburgh, NY will feature the city’s suffrage activists at the Newburgh Historical Society. Newburgh was selected in 1895 to be the site of the Women’s Suffrage Convention. Admission is free for Newburgh Historical Society members.

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The May Equality Salon today, plus news notes & video storytelling highlights

Edna Buckman Kearns reflects on her past & the “Spirit of 1776” wagon! on Vimeo.

The “May Equality Salon” recognizes women and peace movements on Tuesday, May 16, 2016 (6 p.m.) at a special program at the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument. Before women won the vote in 1920, they organized internationally to promote the non-violent resolution of disputes. In honor of Peace Day on May 18,the National Woman’s Party at the Belmont-Paul site (under the auspices of the National Park Service) is presenting a discussion on the history of women as advocates in the Peace through Law Movement. Speakers are Stephenie Foster, partner at Smash Strategies, and Dr. Hope Elizabeth May, Professor of Philosophy at Central Michigan University. The Belmont-Paul site is at 144 Constitution Avenue, NE in Washington, DC.

On June 22, 2017, 6-8 p.m., Inez Milholland will be among the Adirondack suffrage activists featured in a lecture by Gerald Zahavi and Margaret Bartley at the Adirondack History Museum. The cost of the lecture in Elizabethtown, NY is $8.

Suffrage stories you might enjoy from our archive:

The story of the “Spirit of 1776” suffrage wagon told by an award-winning video.

Storytelling about the Suffrage Movement from Marguerite Kearns on Vimeo.

TURN: Washington’s Spies shows Long Island in 1777 and Suffrage Wagon Cafe program follows up with what happened 100+ years later on Vimeo.

Activists hit the ground running in 1915: A suffrage centennial celebration of the Spirit of 1776! on Vimeo.
Stop by Suffrage Wagon Cafe for special programs.

Celebrate women’s freedom to vote at Suffrage Wagon News Channel. 

News & events at SuffrageCentennials.com

Suffrage Wagon News Channel has been publishing since 2009.

Videos about the women’s suffrage movement are available for school, personal, and organizational use.

Suffrage Wagon News Notes, plus upcoming cooking school demo!

Suffrage Wagon Cooking School clears the decks to make great cup of coffee on Vimeo.

SUFFRAGE NEWS WRAP-UP: The Suffolk County Historical Society has an ongoing exhibit featuring Long Island suffrage activists, including Edna Kearns, Elisabeth Freeman, Rosalie Jones, and others. A national task force is planning the 2020 suffrage centennial when American women will have been voting for 100 years. The effort to honor Inez Milholland, U.S. suffrage martyr, continues with the installation of a road historical marker in the town of Lewis, NY not far from Milholland’s grave, as well as an exhibit at the Adirondack Museum.  The State of New York is continuing to roll out the red carpet for its 2017 state suffrage centennial. The State of New York has released some terrific videos urging visitors to enjoy the 2017 centennial activities. See for yourself what we call “the cradle of the women’s rights movement in the United States.”

Chef Ted Cutting is back at Suffrage Wagon Cooking School with one of our favorite demonstrations—how to make a great cup of coffee in an upcoming post. He’s promises to deliver and remind you of all the recipes available in our cooking school archive.

GET ON THE BANDWAGON:  2017 is the centennial of women voting for 100 years in New York State. There’s a lot going on. This is a perfect year to visit New York and see the “Spirit of 1776” suffrage wagon on exhibit in Albany at the New York State Museum. There’s a fabulous women’s history and suffrage movement exhibit opening at the state museum on November 4, 2017 where the wagon will be featured. Until then, you can view the wagon in the lobby of the state museum in what’s known as a “teaser” to promote the November suffrage exhibition.

Albany, New York is destination to see “Spirit of 1776” suffrage wagon during 2017! on Vimeo.


“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. We have been publishing since 2009.

SuffrageCentennials.com is a sister site highlighting suffrage centennials, events and celebrations.

“Through the Eye of Marguerite Kearns” is a point of view column on Suffrage Wagon News Channel.

Videos highlighting the postings of Suffrage Wagon News Channel.

New York on the move with women’s suffrage centennial events!

“Spirit of 1776” women’s suffrage wagon displayed in New York State Capitol in 2010 on Vimeo.

The “Spirit of 1776” suffrage wagon is now at the New York State Museum in Albany—in the lobby to promote the November 4, 2017 opening of the museum’s women’s and suffrage history. New York women have been voting for the past 100 years. The wagon was on exhibit in 2010 in the museum lobby. This video highlighting the 2010 exhibit gives an idea of the tender loving care showered on the wagon by museum staff.

IN OTHER NEWS:

Humanities New York! has been playing a pivotal role in making sure that the 2017 state suffrage centennial is successful. The draft budget in Washington, DC calls for the elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities, a major source of funding for HNY. New York State is the second largest source of funding for HNY. A call to action has been issued with an online form designed to make your job easier when expressing support. Humanities New York! is responsible for some terrific work, funding, and advocacy for our growing constituency.

The new center for women’s history at the New York Historical Society is the first of its kind in the nation within the walls of a major museum. It features the stories of American women and is a hub for scholarship and education. Guided by a committee of historians and informed by research, the women’s center features permanent installations, temporary exhibitions, talks, and special programs.

The NYS League of Women Voters has released a suffrage resource kit promoting the organization’s upcoming anniversaries as well as ways to get involved in the 2017 state centennial observance.

“Adirondack Suffragists: 100 Years of Votes for Women” is an exhibit opening May 27 and running through October 9, 2017 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of New York State passing a women’s suffrage act into state law. New York women, including Inez Milholland from Essex County, played important roles in the movement. The Adirondack History Center Museum and the Essex County Historical Society in Elizabethtown, NY has scheduled the suffrage exhibit for the Anitra Pell Gallery. This event is sponsored in part by Humanities New York. For more information about the exhibit.

STAY UP TO DATE WITH SUFFRAGE VIDEOS: Videos produced by SuffrageCentennials.com and SuffrageWagon.org are a regular feature of Women Making History Bulletin. You can sign up for issues distributed several times a week.

Suffrage CentennialsimagesFollow SuffrageCentennials.com on Facebook page, Twitter, email subscription, and the Quarterly Newsletter. Sign up for email on this web page. Stay up to date with postings, audio podcasts, and videos. Plan for your suffrage centennial event. And don’t forget to pass on women’s suffrage storytelling to the next generation. Suffrage Centennial videos on Vimeo.

News notes, videos, & women’s suffrage celebrations

Spring greetings from Suffrage Wagon News Channel!  on Vimeo.

 

 

 

 

From our archives: Video in support of suffrage documentary on Vimeo.

We’ve come a long way since the Suffrage Wagon News Channel started publishing in 2009. Back then, articles about the women’s suffrage movement were few and far between. Now, there’s so much going on, it’s difficult to keep up with the events, news articles, conferences, and celebrations. The State of New York has gone viral in promoting its suffrage centennial in 2017 with videos and web postings.

Even Vogue magazine is in the act discussing colors the suffrage activists wore (white with accenting colors). This trend started with Hillary Clinton wearing white during her presidential campaign, followed by Congressional women. In all instances the women’s suffrage movement was cited. African-American women’s activism history is being dragged out of the forgotten history. Nashville, Tennessee has renamed a street as Anne Dallas Dudley Boulevard. And there’s much more.

FOLLOWING THE TRENDS, NEWS, EVENTS & CELEBRATIONS

Here at Suffrage Wagon News Channel we follow the trends and highlight the suffrage campaign wagon used by Edna Buckman Kearns. It was on exhibit in 2010 at the New York State Museum as well as the New York State Capitol building in 2012. Now during 2017, the “Spirit of 1776” was displayed during March at the State Capitol. It is now at the state museum in Albany, NY to bring attention to the women’s exhibit opening on November 4, 2017 and running until May 2018 when the wagon will be part of a much larger exhibition.

Here at Suffrage Wagon Cafe, we’re making available a video of years ago informing readers and viewers about a Kickstarter campaign we sponsored to raise money for our suffrage video educational program.

Over the years, the “Spirit of 1776” wagon, everyone associated with it, and the wagon’s fans have been the focus of articles and features in publications across the nation. Our digital quarterly newsletter subscription list has grown. We circulate news on social media. And the number of videos to promote the wagon and the news channel is growing, thanks to a seed grant from the Puffin Foundation. Celebrate women’s freedom to vote by following the suffrage wagon.

SUFFRAGE WAGON NEWS NOTES:

Safiya Bandele will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award on May 19, 2017 at a fundraiser for the Magnolia Tree Earth Center. Bandele was a Medgar Evers College professor and director of the college’s Center for Women’s Development until her retirement after more than three decades. “Oldies but Goodies for the Magnolia Tree Earth Center” is the event scheduled for the Brooklyn Masonic Temple. The Magnolia Tree Earth Center of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Inc. was founded in 1972 by Hattie Carthan, a resident of Bedford-Stuyvesant, who was among the nation’s first African-American community-based ecology activists.

Bandele is available for performances honoring the life of suffrage activist Ida B. Wells. Tickets to the event are $50. Order through the website, magnoliatreeearthcenter.com.

The Alice Paul Institute in Mt. Laurel, NJ (128 Hooton Road) is presenting an introduction to feminism on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 2 p.m.—$5 or free with tour admission to Paulsdale, the home of suffrage activist Alice Paul. Their leaflet describes the program: “What do feminists want? Don’t women in the U.S. have it better than women  in other parts of the world? Learn about the issues that affect American women today and how women are trying to solve them.” Kris Myers will present.

Stop by Suffrage Wagon Cafe for special programs.

Celebrate women’s freedom to vote at Suffrage Wagon News Channel. 

News & events at SuffrageCentennials.com

Suffrage Wagon News Channel has been publishing since 2009.

Videos about the women’s suffrage movement are available from the news channel.

Suffrage centennial news notes with events and celebrations!

1776 patriotic protest women’s suffrage movement artifact on exhibit during 2017! on Vimeo.

SUFFRAGE RALLY REENACTMENT TO COMMEMORATE NYS WOMAN SUFFRAGE CENTENNIAL

The Glens Falls Area Suffrage Centennial Committee presents a suffrage rally reenactment to commemorate the 2017 state suffrage centennial to be performed in Glens Falls, NY on Sunday, May 7, 2017 from 1-3 p,m. at the gazebo in City Park. This event is free and open to the public. The rally will reenact the history of the campaign for women’s voting rights through historical speeches, letters, and songs. Featured will be national figures such as Susan B. Anthony, Inez Milholland, and Carrie Chapman Catt, all of which had local ties. Those opposed to women voting are part of the program. Glens Falls Art will be on hand to demonstrate period photography, and tintypes will be available, weather permitting.

In 1917, New York State became the twelfth, and only eastern state to grant full voting rights to women. The Glens Falls Area Suffrage Centennial Committee consists of the Crandall Public Library, Chapman Historical Museum, Warren County Historical Society, as well as individuals and institutions interested in women’s history. The rain location will be the Christine L. McDonald Community Room at Crandall Public Library at the same date and time. For more information, contact Tisha Dolton at (518) 792-6508 x256, visit the Facebook page: facebook.com/CelebratingSuffrageInGreaterGlensFallsNY/, or Twitter @GFGwichSuffrage.

The New York State Museum has created a six-panel traveling exhibition based on the larger Votes for Women exhibition that opens November 4, 2017 at the state museum in Albany, NY. Check with the following venues to see when the Votes for Women panel exhibition will be on view at venues throughout NYS: Albany City Hall, Clinton Historical Society, Cortland County Historical Society, Eastville Community Historical Society, Geneva Historical Society, Katonah Village Library, Lorenzo State Historic Site, National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House, New York State Fair, Niagara County Historical Society, The History Center, and Seneca Falls Historical Society.

CULTURAL HERITAGE TOURISM SPRING CONFERENCE

June 7, 2017 is the date for the New York Cultural Heritage Tourism Network’s spring conference “Developing Strategic Organizational Sustainability” at Colgate University from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The program is designed for organizations, businesses and private sector interests to become active participants in their communities through regional economic development.

“FROM PURPLE SASHES TO PINK HATS”—FUNDRAISER FOR TURNING POINT SUFFRAGIST MEMORIAL ASSOCIATION

For those in the Washington, DC area, set aside Sunday, June 11, 2017 from 5 to 9 p.m. for a special event at the Westwood Country Club, 800 Maple Ave. East, Vienna, Va. 22180. The Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Association will be hosting a cocktail reception, dinner, silent auction and reading of the play “Take Up the Song” written by John Tepper Marlin. The production traces the early years of the suffrage movement. StageCoach Theater Company is producing the show. Musical entertainment will be provided by the community women’s chorus, Capital Harmonia. Individual tickets are $150. Black tie and suffrage attire optional. For more information: pwirth@suffragistmemorial.org

Suffrage CentennialsimagesFollow SuffrageCentennials.com on Facebook page, Twitter, email subscription, and the Quarterly Newsletter. Sign up for email on this web page. Stay up to date with postings, audio podcasts, and videos. Plan for your suffrage centennial event. And don’t forget to pass on women’s suffrage storytelling to the next generation. Suffrage Centennial videos on Vimeo.

Happy May 1st from Suffrage Wagon News Channel

Headlines from Suffrage Wagon News Channel! on Vimeo.

HAPPY MAY FIRST! FOLLOW THE SUFFRAGE WAGON ON FACEBOOK, TWITTER, BLOG POSTS, OR OUR QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER.

Celebrate women’s freedom to vote at Suffrage Wagon News Channel. 

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Information about Edna Buckman Kearns.

Seneca Falls & Long Island: Destinations during New York’s 2017 suffrage centennial!

Seneca Falls, NY is a pilgrimage and a destination! on Vimeo.

HISTORIC MARKERS IN NEW YORK STATE: Long Island, New York has been busy during the state’s 2017 suffrage centennial. One upcoming event is the recognition of the installation of a historic marker honoring Lillian Devere, suffrage activist from Lake Ronkonkoma on Saturday, May 13, 2017, 11 a.m. at the American Legion 155, 115 Church Street, Lake Ronkonkoma, NY. A William G. Pomeroy Foundation Marker will be permanently placed at the American Legion Post #155 to honor Devere under the auspices of the Lake Ronkonkoma Heritage Association. This is one of over 300 historic markers the Pomeroy Foundation has funded in New York State.

The American Association of University Women, the Islip area branch, established the location of the start of a proposed Long Island suffrage trail. On April 1, 2017, AAUW Vice-President  Nancy Mion welcomed AAUW members, local dignitaries and Coline Jenkins, great-great-granddaughter of Elizabeth Cady Stanton to the festivities at the Shoreham Village Hall to celebrate.

 

 

 

Celebrate women’s freedom to vote at Suffrage Wagon News Channel. 

News & centennial events at SuffrageCentennials.com 

Suffrage Wagon News Channel has been publishing since 2009.

Information about Edna Buckman Kearns.

Suffrage centennial events news notes, plus new annual theme for National Women’s History Project

Put Suffrage Centennial events & celebrations on your calendar! on Vimeo.

The National Women’s History Project has announced its theme for National Women’s History Month 2018: “NEVERTHELESS THEY PERSISTED: Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.” The 2018 theme recognizes the intersecting forms of discrimination women have faced, and continue to face, throughout American history and celebrates the diverse women who have fought, and continue to fight, discrimination at all level and in all forms. Nominations should be emailed to nwhpnominations@gmail.com. Nomination will be accepted through May 20, 2017. Nomination form on the NWHP web site. The nominee’s contributions should be of national significance and her work should amount to more than a single act or accomplishment. Nominations of women from diverse backgrounds are encouraged. Nominations can be of both living and deceased women. For details, contact the NWHP.

IN OTHER NEWS: The Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Commission will present a program on April 27th: “The Extraordinary Harriet Tubman: From Slavery to Freedom and Beyond” by Dr. Judith Wellman at the Niagara Falls Amtrak Station in collaboration with the Association for a Buffalo Presidential Center, the Erie County Commission on the Status of Women, and the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area. The Trailblazing Women Speaker Series celebrates the centennial year of women’s suffrage in New York State.

May 4 to 7, 2017 is the Spring Writers Literary Festival in Ithaca, NY, a four-day festival the first weekend in May hosted by the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County. Erica S. Brath Jennifer Cremerius, Rachel Dickinson, Barbara Mink, Liz Thompson, and hosts Stacey Murphy and Nora Snyder will present material from an anthology of writing related to women’s suffrage to be released in summer 2017. The anthology is a project of the Writers’ Block Party.

June 7, 2017 is the date for the New York Cultural Heritage Tourism Network’s spring conference “Developing Strategic Organizational Sustainability” at Colgate University from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The program is designed for organizations, businesses and private sector interests to become active participants in their communities through regional economic development.

Suffrage CentennialsimagesFollow SuffrageCentennials.com on Facebook page, Twitter, email subscription, and the Quarterly Newsletter. Sign up for email on this web page. Stay up to date with postings, audio podcasts, and videos. Plan for your suffrage centennial event. And don’t forget to pass on women’s suffrage storytelling to the next generation. Suffrage Centennial videos on Vimeo.

Girl Scout women’s suffrage badge and suffrage centennial news notes

We supported Inez Milholland for a national presidential citizens medal! on Vimeo.

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo and Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul have announced a new Girl Scouts patch celebrating the centennial of women’s suffrage in New York. Women in NYS gained the right to vote in 1917, three years before the 19th Amendment granted voting rights to women across the United States. The patch program is a partnership between Girl Scouts councils and the New York State Women’s Suffrage Commission, chaired by Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. All seven Girl Scouts councils in New York are participating in the patch program.

IN OTHER NEWS:

Nate Levin is one of the speakers in a “Women’s Suffrage Rally” in the City Park in Glens Falls, NY on Sunday, May 7. 2017. There will be speakers, re-enactors, music and tintypes. For more information: Tisha at 518-792-6508 x256.

The New York chapter of the American Association of University Women will hold their convention April 21 to 23 at the DoubleTree Hilton in Syracuse, NY. Speakers include Louise Bernikow and Susan Landino Burhans. The event is promoted as part of the state’s suffrage centennial in 2017.

U.S. President Obama didn’t award Inez Milholland (1886-1916) with a presidential citizens’ medal in 2016, the centennial observance of Milholland’s death. SuffrageCentennials.com was one of the many supporters of recognition for the nation’s suffrage martyr. For more information about Inez.

Suffrage CentennialsimagesFollow SuffrageCentennials.com on Facebook page, Twitter, email subscription, and the Quarterly Newsletter. Sign up for email on this web page. Stay up to date with postings, audio podcasts, and videos. Plan for your suffrage centennial event. And don’t forget to pass on women’s suffrage storytelling to the next generation. Suffrage Centennial videos on Vimeo.

Suffrage Centennials News Video & more!

News Notes about Women’s Suffrage Centennial events & celebrations! on Vimeo.

“Women in Politics: Past, Present & Future” is a conference commemorating the centennial of women’s suffrage in New York State. It will start on Friday, April 21, 2017 at the FDR Library in Hyde Park, N.Y. and continue on Saturday, April 22, at SUNY New Paltz (New Paltz, NY).

Remarks and keynotes will be delivered by U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, League of Women Voters Executive Director Wylecia Wiggs Harris, Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Editor Allida Black and Black Feminist author and activist Barbara Smith. Panels will address subjects such as the historical movement to win the vote in New  York State, how women have engaged in social and political movements since their enfranchisement, and the representative roles women fulfill today at the local, state and national levels.

“Women in Politics: Past, Present & Future” is a collaborative effort involving The Benjamin Center, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, the New York State League of Women Voters, the Rockefeller Institute of Government with support from the College’s Department of History, Department of Political Science & International Relations, Department of Sociology and the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program.

Tickets for Friday night at the FDR Library are limited: $75 includes a cocktail reception and dinner. Saturday-only registration is $35 and includes breakfast and lunch. The Saturday proceedings will be live-streamed at ruralfreetv.com. A post-conference workshop will be held for K-12 teachers’ curricular development.Suffrage Centennials

Upcoming book on the men of the women’s suffrage movement

 

 

 

 

 

The Suffragents is the story of how some of New York’s men formed the Men’s League for Woman Suffrage. The organization grew between 1909 and 1917 from 150 founding members into a force of thousands across thirty-five states.

Author Brooke Kroeger explores the formation of the League, the men themselves, what they did and why. She details the National American Woman Suffrage Association’s strategic decision to accept their organized help and then to deploy these influential new allies as suffrage foot soldiers, a role they accepted with uncommon grace. The advocated included Oswald Garrison Villard, John Dewey, Max Eastman, Rabbi Stephen S. Wise, and George Foster Peabody and others. Members of the League worked the streets, the stage, the press, and the legislative and executive branches of government.

“Not all the suffragists who risked ridicule to march down Fifth Avenue in the big parades touting votes for women wore dresses. Brooke Kroeger meticulously documents the largely unsung role of men who publicly supported their wives, mothers, sisters, or lovers in the final dramatic decade of women’s seventy-year battle for the ballot.” — Linda J. Lumsden, author of Inez: The Life and Times of Inez Milholland and Rampant Women: Suffragists and the Right of Assembly. Brooke Kroeger is Professor at the New York University Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. Her books include Nellie Bly: Daredevil, Reporter, Feminist.

 

 

 

 

Video about Wilmer Kearns, husband of suffrage activist Edna Buckman Kearns of NYC and Long Island.


Stop by Suffrage Wagon Cafe for special programs.

Celebrate women’s freedom to vote at Suffrage Wagon News Channel. 

News & events at SuffrageCentennials.com

Suffrage Wagon News Channel has been publishing since 2009.

Videos about the women’s suffrage movement are available from the news channel.

“Spirit of 1776” suffrage wagon has been moved to the NYS Museum for exhibition, plus news notes

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Spirit of 1776 suffrage wagon to be on exhibit in 2017 at NYS Museum on Vimeo.

The State of New York launched the 100th anniversary of women voting in the state on March 1, 2017 with a women’s history exhibit up for public view for thirty days. Now the “Spirit of 1776” wagon has been moved over to the New York State Museum where it is promoting the large women’s suffrage exhibit at the museum in November 2017. That exhibit will be on view through May 2018.

IN OTHER NEWS: The 2020 Women’s Vote Centennial has a Facebook page. The Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative (WVCI) is a collaborative effort created to share information and stimulate activities around the country in the years leading up to 2020. It is run by a volunteer task force, that represents the various segments of the historical women’s suffrage movement, contemporary women’s organizations, and scholars. For more information.

Suffrage CentennialsimagesFollow SuffrageCentennials.com on Facebook page, Twitter, email subscription, and the Quarterly Newsletter. Sign up for email on this web page. Stay up to date with postings, audio podcasts, and videos. Plan for your suffrage centennial event. And don’t forget to pass on women’s suffrage storytelling to the next generation. Suffrage Centennial videos on Vimeo.

Film about first woman to run for U.S. presidency

Women’s Suffrage Campaign Wagon on exhibit into 2018 at the New York State Museum on Vimeo.

FILM DEAL ABOUT FIRST WOMAN TO RUN FOR U.S. PRESIDENT:

Amazon Studios has acquired Victoria Woodhull, with Oscar-winning Room star Brie Larson poised to produce, and play the first female candidate for the presidency of the United States. Amazon bought it in a pitch package deal. Woodhull, a suffrage activist, was the first woman to run and be nominated for President of the United States in 1872, more than 40 years before women had the right to vote.

 SUFFRAGE MUSICAL CONCERT: Telos Trio, a musical group consisting of flute, clarinet, and piano based in Rochester, NY has two events, May 12 and July 15, to add to the suffrage centennial calendar. “Equality Now: Celebrating the New York Centennial of Women’s Suffrage” musically traces the history of women’s suffrage from 1840 when Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott met at the World Anti-Slavery Convention in London to New York State approving women’s voting in 1917.

Concerts on May 12 at 7:30 pm in Rochester and July 15 at 7 pm in Seneca Falls will include “Equality Now!”, a work written for the Telos Trio by Gwyneth Walker and receiving its world premiere on May 12.  It celebrates the first women’s rights convention held in Seneca Falls, NY, in 1848. The May 12th event is scheduled at the Hochstein School of Music and Dance, 50 N Plymouth Ave, Rochester, NY 14614/ Tickets: $15/adults, $5/students and seniors; $30 VIP ticket includes pre-concert event at 6:30 pm: Conversation and Refreshments with Gwyneth Walker.

“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. We have been publishing since 2009.

SuffrageCentennials.com is a sister site highlighting suffrage centennials, events and celebrations.

“Through the Eye of Marguerite Kearns” is a point of view column on Suffrage Wagon News Channel.

Videos highlighting the postings of Suffrage Wagon News Channel.

A Night out on the Town at Suffrage Wagon Cafe!

Marguerite Kearns’ 2015 welcome message: at Suffrage Wagon Cafe! on Vimeo.

THROUGH THE EYE OF MARGUERITE KEARNS: (Point of View)

A red carpet was rolled out for me when I showed up recently for VIP night at Suffrage Wagon Café. The room was filled with those of us who have kept the faith since I started blogging in 2009 (SuffrageWagon.org) about voting rights activism.

The focus has been on my grandmother, Edna Kearns (1882-1934), and her “Spirit of 1776” suffrage campaign wagon used in parades and as a speakers’ platform for grassroots organizing. The wagon is now on exhibit in Albany, NY.

The web site and social media have been making available resources and information to teachers, students, historians, policymakers, citizens, and many others. This is why the VIP dinner was so memorable.

A MEMORABLE EVENING CELEBRATING AN ACCOMPLISHMENT

As guest of honor, I had my choice of California organic white table wine and anything on the international menu. I chose tofu nuggets and veggies (snow peas, Shitake mushrooms, and bamboo shoots) in an orange sauce. I was in heaven. Imagine my surprise when the dish arrived with chopsticks almost a foot long.

The vegetables absorbed the orange sauce which was light enough to give them character and strong enough to compete with tofu nuggets. The blend had me sighing with pleasure especially when flavored with a dab of Chinese-style mustard.

The mushrooms featured the gamey taste Shitaki mushrooms are known for, along with the promise of a boost to my immune system. Their orange flavor added to the rush of taste. In between bites, I sipped on white wine to clear my palate and smiled before spearing another tofu nugget with its rich and earthy flavor. Although I had no room for dessert, a take-home box of the main dish and pineapple upside down cake saved me from food preparation the following day.

SUFFRAGE WAGON CAFE OPENED IN 2015 DURING WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH

In the spirit of full disclosure, I am the host of Suffrage Wagon Café. Suffrage Wagon Cooking School and the café have been part of my mission of sharing stories about a pivotal time in our past.

Suffrage Wagon Café opened during Women’s History Month in 2015. During two years of the cafe showering attention on women’s history by unique programming, I’ve observed an enormous shift.

As recently as two years ago, puzzled looks greeted me when I said I loved writing and speaking about the women’s suffrage movement. I endured questions and smirks, including “Does suffrage hurt?” I must have said on a thousand occasions: “Suffrage refers to the right to vote.”

More people are paying attention to women’s history and our past, not because it’s just a cool thing to do. It has more to do with understanding what’s happening today and how we benefit from and are inspired by the strong shoulders on which we stand.

KEEP THE SPIRIT OF THE JANUARY 2017 WOMEN’S MARCH ALIVE!

Celebrate women’s freedom to vote by keeping the spirit of the January 2017 Washington, DC march alive. Pass on the news of the Suffrage Wagon Café and support the ongoing programs to honor those who have persisted in the journey toward equality, sustainability, and social justice.

The future depends on all of us.

“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. We have been publishing since 2009.

SuffrageCentennials.com is a sister site highlighting suffrage centennials, events and celebrations.

“Through the Eye of Marguerite Kearns” is a point of view column on Suffrage Wagon News Channel.

Where to go during 2017 suffrage Centennial in New York State, plus ERA update!

News Notes for Women’s Suffrage Centennial events & celebrations! on Vimeo.

Now that the 2017 state suffrage centennial has been launched, the next step is to plan a trip to touch into some of the festivities. SuffrageCentennials.com is one source for news and events. State events are being viewed as getting prepared for 2020, the national suffrage centennial observance when women will have been voting for 100 years. Also underway is progress on the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would guarantee equal rights for American women.

The ERA Coalition has announced the Nevada legislature’s vote to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). Many Americans believe the Constitution already guarantees women equal rights, but it doesn’t. The Equal Rights Amendment was passed by Congress in 1972 and ratified by 35 states, three states short of the 38 needed to put an amendment in the Constitution. Nevada’s action to ratify the ERA, the first such vote since 1977, highlights the growing awareness of and support for the Equal Rights Amendment. The ERA Coalition stresses the need to help combat pay inequity, pregnancy discrimination, and gender-based violence.

In North Carolina, legislation to ratify the ERA was introduced in the state Senate and House in February 2017. Ten local resolutions in support of this legislation have already been passed. Ongoing recent efforts to ratify the 1972 Equal Rights Amendment include bills in Illinois, Virginia, Florida and Utah.

“Sex equality is good for men, families, and communities, as well as women” said Jessica Neuwirth, President of the ERA Coalition. “We are way behind the rest of the world in prohibiting sex discrimination in our Constitution – it’s long overdue.” The ERA Coalition represents 73 member organizations and millions of women and men who are working for passage and ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment and for greater public understanding of the need for equal treatment of women under the law. For more information: eracoalition.org.

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New York makes a big deal out of 2017 women’s suffrage centennial

State of New York rolls out red carpet for 100 years of women voting on Vimeo.

NYS Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul launched the 100th anniversary of women voting in the state by announcing the Women’s Suffrage Commission’s website: www.ny.gov/suffrage. It provides information about upcoming events across the state, profiles New York suffragists, and draws attention to historic destinations relevant to the suffrage movement and women’s rights.

“This month, we celebrate the critical role that New York played in the fight for a woman’s right to vote from the Seneca Falls Convention all the way to the passage of the Women’s Equality Agenda in 2015 because in New York we know that women’s rights are human rights,” Governor Cuomo said. “I encourage all New Yorkers and visitors alike to visit one of these exhibits and trace the historic timeline that New York’s women pioneered and to learn about the obstacles that they conquered in the fight for equality.”

New York was home to the first-ever Women’s Rights Convention, held in Seneca Falls, on July 19 and 20, 1848 and organized by Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Sixty-nine years later, on Nov. 6, 1917, women in New York State won the right to vote.

THE LEGACY OF SENECA FALLS, NEW YORK

“New York women have an enduring legacy in the pursuit of equal rights that began nearly 170 years ago in Seneca Falls, and as a result of their advocacy this state passed women’s suffrage three years before the rest of the nation. This year we celebrate the accomplishments of the women who led the fight for equality, setting the stage for future battles against workplace discrimination, in support of pay equity, and to preserve a woman’s right to make decisions about her health care,” said NYS Women’s Suffrage Commission Chair, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. “As the state’s highest ranking elected woman, I consider it my mission to inspire the next generation of women to rise up and shape a more just, equitable society.”

The 14-member NYS Women’s Suffrage Commission chaired by Kathy Hochul, will plan and execute a series of statewide programs starting in 2017 and lasting through 2020.

As part of New York’s recognition of Women’s History Month, a number of exhibits will be available for public viewing in both the Empire State Plaza and the New York State Capitol Building. The exhibit “Women’s Suffrage in New York State,” located in the Capitol corridor which connects the state house to the Empire State Plaza, includes imagery of pro- and anti-suffrage propaganda with historic photographs of the women who organized and marched until the vote was won.

“SPIRIT OF 1776” SUFFRAGE WAGON ON VIEW ON SECOND FLOOR OF STATE CAPITOL

The exhibit, “New York State Women’s Suffrage 1917 – 2017 | The Fight for the Vote and the March for Full Equality,” is located in the East Gallery on the second floor of the Capitol and traces the almost 70-year struggle for the vote. The exhibit highlights the lives of 12 influential Suffragists and the critical role they played in securing the vote by African Americans and working women. This month-long exhibit features the “Spirit of 1776” wooden suffrage wagon in which a Long Island suffragist edna Kearns and her eight-year-old daughter traveled throughout Long Island and Manhattan during the summer of 1913 to gather support for votes for women, a 1917 banner carried by suffragists, as well as Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s 1854 address to the New York State Legislature.

One of the highlights of the New York State Capitol is the Great Western Staircase featuring a gallery of historic Americans brought to life in elaborate stone carvings. As the staircase was nearing completion, it was observed that not one famous woman was represented. Located in the area just outside the Empire State Plaza Visitor Center and Gift Shop this exhibit will feature photographs of the six carvings of women that were added to the staircase: Harriet Beecher Stowe, Clara Barton, Frances E. Willard, Molly Pitcher, Elmina Spencer, and Susan B. Anthony. Also on view outside the Visitor Center is the mural Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad  created by students from the Monroe Community College Art Department in Rochester, NY.

STATE CAPITOL TOURS FEATURING SUFFRAGE MOVEMENT ARE A HIGHLIGHT

Throughout March, special one-hour Capitol tours focusing on the suffrage movement are available to visitors. The tours feature artifacts selected to showcase the suffragists’ journey. For more information about the Capitol tours, visit www.empirestateplaza.org.

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PBS women’s suffrage movement documentary

Dance to the music of the 2017 New York State suffrage centennial! on Vimeo.

Find out about the vote that changed history with the broadcast premiere of Perfect 36: When Women Won the Vote distributed through American Public Television. This half-hour documentary will air in March 2017 for Women’s History Month. One of the pivotal moments in U.S. history came in 1920 with passage of the 19th Amendment, an event celebrated in Perfect 36: When Women Won the Vote that tells the insightful, engaging, and colorful story behind Tennessee’s role as the crucial 36th state needed for ratification—and the vote of one man who made it possible.

Produced by Pretzel Pictures for distribution through American Public Television (APT), Perfect 36: When Women Won the Vote is available to public television stations nationwide. Learn more about the project online at Perfect36Doc.com.

OTHER NEWS: Women’s Rights National Historical Park has partnered with the Seward House Museum in Auburn, NY to present a program titled “Seward Feminism” in the National Park Visitor Center’s Guntzel Theater on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 1 p.m. Although often overlooked because of Secretary of State William Henry Seward’s high profile, the women of the Seward family contributed significantly to the spirit of reform sweeping through mid-19th-century America. Women’s Rights National Historic Park is open Friday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit their website or call (315) 568-2991. The Women’s Rights National Historical Park is located at 136 Fall Street, Seneca Falls, NY.

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Woodstock, NY in the news for its women’s suffrage ties

Woodstock, New York: Travel to this distinct Hudson Valley town! on Vimeo.

The State of New York kicked off the 2017 suffrage centennial in Albany, NY on March 1, 2017, Women’s History Month. And Woodstock Times (Woodstock, NY) published the story by Marguerite Kearns about how the “Spirit of 1776” wagon had Woodstock, NY ties and came to be part of New York State history.

Olivia Twine highlighted the exhibition of the “Spirit of 1776” wagon at the State Capitol in Albany during March, Women’s History Month, and at the New York State Museum through May 2018. Other events and celebrations during the 2017 state suffrage centennial are also noted.

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“Does women’s suffrage hurt?” Point of View by Marguerite Kearns

 

 

 

 

Edna Kearns gets attention for her women’s suffrage work! on Vimeo.

THROUGH THE EYE OF MARGUERITE KEARNS (Point of View)

When I first started blogging  in 2009 about my grandmother Edna Kearns and her votes for women activism, most people had no idea what I meant when I referred to the “women’s suffrage movement.”

“Suffrage? Does it hurt?” one friend asked me.

“The word suffrage refers to the right to vote, and it’s not a term used much these days.”

“Can you pick another word other than ‘suffrage’? It is difficult to remember.”

“I can’t. It’s not my place to change it.”

MY FRIEND’S EYES GLAZED OVER

The conversation came to an end with my friend’s eyes glazing over and her parting remark went something like this:

“Suffrage sounds boring and old fashioned. Have fun doing what you’re doing. Those old bats have nothing to teach me.”

Sadly, the women’s suffrage movement has been marginalized and awareness of its scope and significance has long since disappeared into the void of forgetfulness. This happened especially after 1920 with the passage and ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting American women voting rights.

My grandfather and mother told me about my grandmother Edna and how she devoted a decade of her life to the cause.

“How exciting,” I thought. The stories I heard from my grandfather Wilmer sparked even more interest. He not only observed the activism but he marched in suffrage parades with his wife and daughter in New York City and Washington, DC.

I COULDN’T WAIT TO RAISE MY HAND IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

There wasn’t one movement that spoke with a single voice constantly from 1848 to 1920. People joined various and diverse organizations. Over a period of 72 years, numerous strategies and tactics came and went. “The movement” was a handy way of referring to a coalition of quite different individuals who agreed on one thing. They didn’t like being treated as inferior, and they united over a single issue—voting rights for women. Many other issues were at stake. However one issue became the focal point because many believed it would make the most difference in the long run—the right to vote.

I couldn’t wait to raise my hand in elementary school and speak about my grandmother. I imagined myself—a shy kid in the spotlight speaking about a cause I believed should represent an important part of American history. You probably can guess what happened. The subject of the women’s suffrage movement wasn’t raised. I concluded that history was only about memorizing dates, the strategies and tactics of war. No wonder I didn’t like history. Nor did many of my friends.

A great deal may have changed in how history is taught today. Yet many Americans still know relatively little about how women have participated significantly in the building and nourishing of our nation.

THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES. . .

The struggle continues for equality, sustainability, and social justice not only for women, but all of us. Following the Januaury 2017 women’s march in Washington, DC, across the nation and around the world, there has been a dramatic surge of energy. This has included more interest than ever in the contributions of our family members and ancestors. This is why I love telling the story of my grandmother Edna and her “Spirit of 1776” suffrage campaign wagon. It’s a symbol of where we’ve been and how we’re still on the move.

The “Spirit of 1776” wagon used by Edna Kearns will be on exhibit during March 2017 at the State Capitol in Albany, New York on the second floor. It will be shown in other locations during the year. Stay in touch. I’ll keep you posted!

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Why travel to New York State during 2017?

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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.

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM NOW THROUGH 2020

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!

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Suffrage Centennial news & events

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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.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY:

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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Special women’s suffrage events in Seneca Falls, NY this summer

Celebration of the anniversary of the Seneca Falls Convention of 1848! on Vimeo.

BE PART OF CELEBRATION AT SENECA FALLS, NY THIS SUMMER

Join Women’s Rights National Historical Park for Convention Days 2017. This four-day event will feature speakers, historical interpreters, themed theater performances, activities for young people, and a Native American art exhibit.

Would you like to host a table at the event? Groups are welcome with themes of equality, human rights, civil rights, and women’s rights. Contact Ashley Nottingham at: ashley_nottingham@nps.gov

The park staff is also seeking various musical performances, singers, speakers, authors, etc that are involved with equality, human rights, civil rights, or women’s rights. If you are interested in performing at the NPS historic site at Seneca Falls, contact Ami Ghazala at: noemi_ghazala@nps.gov

VOTETILLA IS A WEEK-LONG NAVIGATIONAL CELEBRATION IN UPSTATE NEW YORK

The National Susan B Anthony Museum & House in Rochester, NY has launched plans to commemorate the centennial of woman suffrage in New York State with a VoteTilla – a weeklong navigational celebration – to take place along the Erie Canal from July 16 to 22, 2017. A core group of canal boats will set out from Seneca Falls and travel to Rochester, with a concluding celebration at the Anthony Museum on Madison Street.

VoteTilla boats will dock at several towns and villages along the route. Local residents and partner organizations are invited to share in the celebration by offering programming and excursions or by adding their own boats to the traveling fleet. Current partners include Bristol Valley Theatre, Canal Society of New York State, the City of Rochester, Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, the RIT Women’s and Gender Studies Coordinating Committee, Rochester Museum & Science Center, Susan B Anthony Neighborhood Association, the Seward House, and the University of Rochester’s Susan B Anthony Center for Women’s Leadership.The VoteTilla celebration immediately follows both the Fourth of July bicentennial celebration of the New York State canals and the Convention Days weekend in Seneca Falls, NY.

SPECIAL PROGRAM ABOUT ELIZABETH CADY STANTON

On March 18, 2017 at 9 a.m. at Saratoga State Park (the Gideon Putnam Hotel), there will be a special program about Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Ellie Stearns has researched and written portrayals of “Women  of Vision” for schools and organizations throughout New York. She participated for many years in the National Park’s dramatizations of the 1848 Convention and portrayed Elizabeth Cady Stanton on C-Span’s Writers and Books series in 2001. There will be a breakfast buffet and the program is called “Breakfast with Elizabeth Cady Stanton.” Reserve by March 8th for the March 18th program. Tickets are $55, $75, and $100. Make checks payable to LWV-NY and mail to Steve Koebrich, 718 Malta Ave extn, Ballston Spa, NY 12020. Tax-deductible donations, except for the fair value of the breakfast ($25), go to the League of Women Voters, Saratoga Account, within the LWVNY-EF to support voter service programming.

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Films for Women’s History Month: “Suffragette” now on DVD

“Suffragette” film makes Votes for Women movement come alive! on Vimeo.

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“Suffragette” film is now available on Amazon.

This film about the suffrage movement in England brings to life this important part of history. Many American activists such as Alice Paul, Inez Milholland, Harriot Stanton Blatch, and many others spent time in England working and studying with the Pankhursts. This and “Iron Jawed Angels” are important films to see if you haven’t already.

Women’s History Month in March is a perfect time to arrange a fundraiser, reception, or other event in order to carry on the spirit of the January 2017 women’s march on Washington, DC. Consider “Suffragette,” “Iron Jawed Anegls,” and the new film by Martha Wheelock, “Forward into Light,” the 15-minute production about Inez Milholland (1886-1916), America’s suffrage martyr. For more information about the film, visit InezMilholland.org More information about Inez at InezMilhollandCentennial.com

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THROUGH THE EYE OF MARGUERITE KEARNS (Point of View):

During the first week of January in 1914, a hardy band of marchers under the direction of suffragist Rosalie Jones started out from New York City on a march headed to Albany, NY to ask NYS Governor Martin Glynn to appoint poll watchers in the 1915 suffrage referendum. My grandparents Edna and Wilmer Kearns, plus their young daughter Serena, were part of the contingent.

I’ve written about this before, and it is appropriate to bring it up now. On February 18, 2017 there’s a symposium at the Irish American Heritage Museum. 370 Broadway, Albany, NY, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to take a look at New York’s 40th governor and the first Irish American Roman Catholic governor. Governor Glynn is virtually unknown in New York today. I stumbled on his service to the state when I looked into what the suffrage activists like my grandmother faced when they took off from New York City to bend the ear of the state’s chief executive officer.

Governor Glynn supported women voting, but his wife didn’t. The governor met with Rosalie Jones and a delegation of the 1914 marchers who made it successfully during the long freezing ordeal on foot, but Glynn was non committal at that time about responding to their request.

When I decided to find out more about this story, I tracked down Governor Martin H. Glynn: Forgotten Hero a biography by Dominick C. Lizzi, a former Town of Valatie historian.  It’s an extraordinary story involving NYS, national, and international politics. The book refers to Governor Glynn’s support of votes for women and his progressive policies. Plus, there’s discussion of his wife Mary Glynn and her love of the Albany social scene.

I stumbled on Mrs. Glynn’s name in a Women’s Anti-Suffrage Association pamphlet printed and distributed by the Third Judicial District of NYS in Albany, NY. where Mrs. Glynn was listed as a vice president. Dominick C. Lizzi confirmed that—yes, indeed—it was Martin Glynn’s wife Mary. This fascinated me, and that’s why and how I settled in to read Lizzi’s book.

The details of the story about the governor and his wife are too much to address here, as well as the larger context of the NYS anti-suffrage movement. No Votes for Women: The New York State Anti-Suffrage Movement by Susan Goodier, published by the University of Illinois Press in 2013, fills out the big picture and provides a larger context to those who didn’t support women’s voting rights back then. Just like today, there are those women who benefit from the current social structure who feel threatened by a shift in the status quo. It’s not a matter of reason or logic. It’s a fact, and many Americans are getting used to the idea that women don’t necessarily vote as a block. The story of NYS Governor Glynn and his wife Mary is one such example. The constituency of those women tired of their second-class citizenship status is growing faster than during the days of my grandmother Edna Kearns. As a grassroots activist, she volunteered to address the uphill struggle of bringing about equality with voting rights in mind. It was no casual commitment. From what I can tell, she worked from dawn to dusk for a decade, from 1910 to 1920, and had no idea if the goal would ever be realized.

“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.

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New York State’s suffrage commission has a mission of celebrating the state’s suffrage movement history from 2017 through to 2020, the nation’s celebration of American women voting for 100 years. This is one of many features associated with this important historic observance.

Book about suffragette princess now in paperback!

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This long video from YouTube has great high-quality archival footage. The book about suffragette Princess Sophia is now in paperback from Bloomsbury. It has been featured on Suffrage Wagon’s suffrage bookshelf.

“Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary” on Vimeo.

A good read! Highly recommended, not only for the suffrage movement in England and Princess Sophia’s participation in it, but also her ties to India and the perspective of a young woman in exile in London.

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Inez Milholland honored at her grave site in Lewis, NY

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A VALENTINE FOR INEZ MILHOLLAND!

The web site InezMilhollandCentennial.com continues during 2017, the suffrage centennial for New York State. Inez was nominated for a presidential citizens medal in 2015 and up to the last minute we believed she would receive this high honor before U.S.President Obama left office. It didn’t happen.

Inez was recognized, however, in the media attention associated with the 2017 women’s march in Washington, DC and locations across the nation and around the world.

One of the most touching events was when several hundred women gathered at Milholland’s grave in Lewis, New York on January 21, 2017 that was followed by a reception in a nearby location.

Women’s History Month in March offers a full four weeks to schedule an event, fundraiser, reception or organizing party to keep the issues alive that were raised at the 2017 women’s march in Washington, DC.

Inez led the first inaugural women’s march in the nation’s capitol in 1913. Generations of Americans came after her and they are defining the movement toward equality in the spirit of the changing times. Carry on the work of Inez Milholland and tens of thousands of others on whose shoulders we stand! Check in with the Inez Milholland centennial web site that is continuing the work of honoring Inez and the tens of thousands of activists who put themselves on the line for women’s voting rights.

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Honoring Susan B. Anthony: The first militant suffrage activist

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TWO EXAMPLES OF SUSAN B. ANTHONY BIRTHDAY PARTIES:

Or plan your own party during February to carry on the spirit of the 2017 Womens March.

#1: Susan B. Anthony’s Birthday Party on Saturday, February 18, 2017,  1-3 p.m., at the Lord Mansion Coach House/Historic, Bigelow House Olympia, WA $5

From the newsletter of the Washington State Historical Society: In 1871 Susan B. Anthony appeared before the Washington Territorial Legislature advocating for women’s suffrage.  Her efforts bore fruit in Washington in 1910 and nationally in 1920.  Join us for a program in the Coach House with music collector Kevin Lynch speaking on the history of early popular songs inspired by the fight for women’s rights, with display of lavishly illustrated sheet music. Then travel to the Bigelow House Museum for a special tour of this elegant pioneer home.  Event includes a sing-a-long of early suffrage songs performed on the historic square grand piano in the parlor and refreshments featuring Miss Anthony’s favorite cake. Presented by the Washington State Historical Society, the Women’s History Consortium, and  the Bigelow House Museum/Olympic Historical Society.

#2: Susan B. Anthony Birthday Luncheon held each year on February 15, 2017 by the Susan B. Anthony House & Museum at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center, 123 East Main Street, Rochester, NY. 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. This birthday luncheon is held each year in mid-February to celebrate the great reformer’s birthday, to honor contemporary women and men who continue her legacy, and to raise awareness about the mission and impact of the National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House. (Susan B. Anthony’s actual birthday: February 15, 1820). This year’s birthday program  on February 15, 2017 features Ann Dexter Gordon, the leading authority on Susan B. Anthony, editor of the Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, and research professor in the Department of History at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. Call the Museum & House for more information: 585-279-7490.

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This year, 2017, is the centennial observance of New York State’s women voting for 100 years. As the “Cradle” of the women’s rights movement in the United States, New York has plenty to offer. Head north from New York City (where there’s a lot going on) and then stake out a journey to the Finger Lakes where there’s something for everyone in the family. Four states have suffrage centennial observances planned before the national suffrage centennial in 2020: New York, Michigan, Oklahoma, and South Dakota. Local organizations are linking their action and community agendas to suffrage centennial celebrations. A centennial comes only once a year, so why not take advantage of it?

This year’s program at the Susan B. Anthony House in Rochester on February 15, 2017 features Ann Dexter Gordon, the leading authority on Susan B. Anthony, editor of the Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, and research professor in the Department of History at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. See the Anthony Museum & House web site for details.

Advance planning is recommended so that when August 26th in 2017 comes around, you are prepared. August 26th is Women’s Equality Day when we recognize the national observance of the passage and ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. What are you planning? A fundraiser, lecture, exhibit, reception, community project? Susan B. Anthony spent 50 years of her life working for women’s voting rights. A hush comes over the Susan B. Anthony House in Rochester, NY when groups, visitors, and tourists open the front door and walk through the building to learn about how the past, present and future come together.

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Celebrate women’s freedom to vote and monitor efforts across the nation to preserve and institute safe and honest voting procedures.
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SIX-PANEL TRAVELING EXHIBITION AVAILABLE FOR TRAVEL IN NYS

Votes for Women Traveling Panel Exhibition The New York State Museum plans to create a six-panel traveling exhibition based on the larger Votes for Women exhibition that can travel to smaller venues around New York State. The panel exhibition will be ready to travel statewide beginning in 2017. Venues that are interested in borrowing this exhibition should contact Jennifer Lemak at the New York State Museum: Jennifer.lemak@nysed.gov #518-474-5842

“SPIRIT OF 1776” SUFFRAGE WAGON

Next on exhibit at the New York State Capitol in Albany, New York during March 2017.

DONATE PHOTOS, PLACARDS, AND ARTIFACTS FROM JANUARY 2017 WOMEN’S MARCH

Museums and archives in the U.S. and U.K. are collecting signs, placards, photographs, and artifacts from the 2017 women’s march on Washington. The Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington DC and the New York Historical Society are among the institutions in the U.S.

GOUCHER COLLEGEONE OF MANY 2017 SPECIAL SUFFRAGE EVENTS:

February 3, 2017 marks the centennial of the College Day picket of women suffragists on the White House. The College Day picket was one of the many pickets in front of the White House organized by the National Women’s Party to demand the right to vote for women. Despite controversy and disapproval by Goucher College’s administration, thirty Goucher students enrolled in the Baltimore, Maryland institution participated in the picket.

To commemorate this anniversary, the Goucher College Library presents a public program, “A Nursery for Militant Suffragists”: The History of the Women’s Suffrage Movement at Goucher College, to be held on Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 7 p.m. in the Batza Room of the Athenaeum. The program will feature Goucher alumnae and students presenting their original research on the history of Goucher’s involvement in the women’s suffrage movement. Their talks will highlight the role of notable alumnae and faculty in the movement as well as the college’s role in the local and national campaigns for voting rights for women. Research made possible through support from Class of 1960 Rhoda M. Dorsey Archives Endowment and Brooke and Carol Peirce Undergraduate Research Endowment. Event sponsored by the Friends of the Goucher College Library.

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“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.

Women’s rights & the Chinese New Year!

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January is Hot Tea Month. There’s nothing better than a hot cup of tea and a homemade fortune cookie to reflect on the impact of the mass women’s demonstrations across the nation and around the world.

The suffrage movement and period tea houses have a close connection, a relationship you’ll be hearing about more as more people become more aware of the voting rights activism from 1848 to 1920 resulting in the passage and ratification of the 19th Amendment.

Linking the past, present and future doesn’t seem like a big deal, but there’s more awareness than ever—something evident, for example, in the flurry of articles and features about Inez Milholland (1886-1916), America’s suffrage martyr. Yes, there were women’s marches before 2017. And yes, the longevity only adds momentum and strength to the calls for equality, justice and freedom. Sadly, Inez Milholland wasn’t the recipient of a presidential citizens medal at the end of the Obama administration. She certainly deserved it.

Celebrate women’s freedom to vote and the outpouring of interest and support in an extraordinary part of American history by observing Hot Tea Month and the Chinese New Year.


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Marching in 1913 & 2017. Reports from Suffrage Wagon Cafe!

It’s one thing to read about the split between Alice Paul and the main suffrage organization at the time, NAWSA. It’s quite another to realize that my grandmother Edna Kearns witnessed it. An article in the New York Tribune in November following the big 1913 suffrage parade in the nation’s Capitol laid out how the New Yorkers headed to Washington, DC for the NAWSA convention. Edna boarded the train with the New York delegation, accompanied by women whose names may be familiar to lovers of suffrage history: Inez Milholland, Mary Garrett HayElisabeth Freeman, Ida Craft, Mrs. Arthur Livermore, Portia Willis and many others. It would be the national convention where the split between NAWSA’s direction and that of Alice Paul came to the surface.

Reports from the streets are pouring in. Kenneth Florey, women’s suffrage researcher and columnist, started out from home with Emilia van Beugen and found that getting to the New York City march occupied more effort than could have ever been imagined. Ken Florey writes on suffrage movement memorabilia and his works are available through McFarland and Company. Suffrage Wagon News Channel has carried Ken’s articles about Hot Tea Month and the close connection of tea houses with the movement. One of Ken’s previous articles during January, Hot Tea Month.

Here’s a report from Ken Florey in New York City for January 21, 2017.

Emmy van Beugen and I originally intended to go to the Washington DC March, but circumstances prevented that. New York turned out to be almost as spectacular. I first knew that the original estimate that 25,000 people would attend the NY march was way too low when the Metro-North train that we took from Connecticut to Grand Central Station in NY essentially overflowed. When we arrived, the terminal was filled to capacity, and we could hardly move. When we went to the central restrooms, the line was so large that transit attendants on duty allowed women to use the men’s room as well as the women’s room (except if they were from North Carolina). We then proceeded to the staging area near the UN, where our start was determined by alphabetical order of our last name.

Unfortunately not knowing this arrangement, Emmy had sent in our registration under her name (“V”) and not under mine (“F”). We had difficulty making our way to the staging area, all of the streets and side streets were covered with demonstrators. When we did arrive, there was a huge crowd that did not seem to be moving. We decided to go back to one of the entrance points to see if it would be easier to crash into the March. We were very fortunate to have done so as we later heard tales of people waiting for up to four hours before they could start marching. The march itself was enormous with people crowding the streets from its beginning to its end.

People were packed in tightly, and it was difficult to move. While this was a Women’s March, there was a sizeable contingent of men also, along with many families including children and babies. The atmosphere was friendly and excited. There were absolutely no incidents of violence or intimidation. There were no anti-march protestors along the way, and the police were efficient and helpful. I did ask one cop how many marchers were in the crowd. He told me that the clicker one of them was using to determine the size had broken because of excessive use. We learned later that the official police estimate (not the media estimate) was around 500,000, which certainly explained our inability to move around. Most of the signs were predictable, but a few were amusing. These included: “This is a fake sign,” and “I am so mad at so many things that I don’t have space to list them on this poster.” We did not see any vendors that I had expected. Organizers apparently did give out a few buttons, but most of the badges, posters, and apparel were brought by the marchers from home.

As we marched, people were sending photos by cell phone and keeping up with activities throughout the country. My impression then, as was substantiated later when I saw news accounts, was that marches across the country were about the same—much, much larger than anticipated, so big in fact that parades were cancelled or rerouted.

We were rerouted in NY as well as the march was originally supposed to have ended at Trump Tower, but whether for security reasons or to keep the crowd moving, the march ended two streets early. On the way out, Emmy and I made it a point to thank the police for how well they handled the march and for how helpful they were to the marchers themselves. We returned to New Haven by train, only to find that the next shoreline train to our town did not leave until an hour and forty-five minutes later. A woman on the train, a complete stranger, offered to have her husband drive us home. Ordinarily we would have refused, but we were so tired at this point that our gratitude knew no bounds, and we took her up on her offer. We returned home and spent the evening watching on tv marches throughout the country, and we were intrigued to find that our experiences were generally shared by people all over. The bathroom situation in NY may or may not have been unique, however. This is not the type of story generally carried on the news.

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We’re off to the 2017 women’s march in body & spirit! on Vimeo.

The 2017 women’s march in Washington, DC, across the United States and around the world is not only historic, but we couldn’t have imagined it like this. Back in 2009 when we stated blogging, people’s eyes glazed over when we mentioned the suffrage movement. They knew very little about it. Today, the long and difficult struggle is mainstream. Women wear white in honor of those voting rights activists on whose shoulders they stand. The 2017 march, the largest to date, is acknowledging the past, present, and future. It’s inclusive. It’s extraordinary. It’s marvelous. It’s amazing. Back when the idea of suffrage centennial observances and celebrations seemed remote and unlikely, a base was being laid to pull everything and everyone together. We’re at a tipping point. There is no going back. There’s no pulling the covers over our heads at night. Planes, buses, taxis, hikers, bikers and people of all ages and backgrounds are on their way. Get the news. Make the news. Carry the present spirit into the future. Great work, folks!

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The good news & the upcoming women’s march! Musings by Marguerite Kearns

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The “Spirit of 1776” suffrage wagon is in our future!  on Vimeo.

On this last day of the Obama administration in Washington, DC, I am coming up for air after a well-deserved and health related break and rest. You can’t keep a suffrage history nut under control, however.

The nation is buzzing with news of the upcoming Women’s March in Washington, DC.

January dawned with the start of the long-awaited 2017 New York State suffrage centennial. Events and programs. local and county proclamations, exhibits and theatrical performances are popping up all over and this is expected to continue from now through 2020, the nation’s suffrage centennial when American women will have been voting for 100 years.

THE NEWS: U.S. President Obama did not award our national suffrage martyr with a citizens medal, a nomination that has been pending for more than a year. I’ve been in my cave for over a year working on this. The centennial campaign for Inez was under the auspices of the National Women’s History Project. The co-chair with me on this project, Bob Cooney, wrote a book about Inez Milholland (RememberingInez.com). That fueled his passion, and I was driven by how my grandmother Edna worked with Inez in the course of her suffrage work in New York City and on Long Island. The amount of awareness about Inez has been growing at a tremendous rate across the country. This has been due, in part, to the 2016 film, “Forward Into Light,” the 15-minute production from filmmaker Martha Wheelock. Get your own copy at: InezMilholland.org  And stop by the Inez Milholland Centennial web site to sign up for the newsletter. We’re not going away!

THE GREAT NEWS: Hundreds of women will be gathering at Inez Milholland’s grave in Lewis, NY on Saturday, January 21, 2017— the day of the big women’s march in Washington, DC. It’s one of the hundreds of “sister” marches throughout the nation and throughout the world.

OUR NEXT INITIATIVE: To support the New York State Museum in putting the “Spirit of 1776” suffrage campaign wagon used by Edna Kearns on permanent exhibit past the 2020 national suffrage centennial. See video above. And we’re grooving on how the word has spread about how we stand on strong shoulders when linking the past with the present and future.

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