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Episode #3: Wilmer Kearns & Edna Buckman meet on Suffrage Storytelling!

Wilmer Kearns

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Wilmer Kearns had no idea of what would be ahead of him when he first met Edna May Buckman in 1903 at a Philadelphia art exhibit. They were both students, but the fact they hadn’t been “properly introduced” upset Edna’s family. During the couple’s secret meetings at a teahouse on Market Street in downtown Philadelphia, the roar of conversation around them lowered when Wilmer launched into one of his tales. Wilmer couldn’t claim to be directly connected to the old Philadelphia Quaker establishment, but he could stand his ground as far as being a master storyteller, in addition to the respectability of the Kearns family back in Beavertown, Pennsylvania where Wilmer had been raised.

John Preston Kearns, Wilmer’s father, owned and operated a horse and buggy company, the Beavertown Carriage and Harness Works, a business well known for quality custom horse-drawn wagons. J.P. Kearns had established quite a reputation in Central Pennsylvania for producing carriages and buggies for friends, neighbors, and regular customers over several decades.

YOUNG WILMER LEFT BEAVERTOWN TO STUDY BUSINESS IN PHILADELPHIA

After the completion of the railroad in central Pennsylvania,  young Wilmer Kearns left town to attend business college in Philadelphia. To his mother Henrietta Kearns’ dismay, he never returned to live back in Beavertown, though Wilmer would visit and write to his parents John and Henrietta often.

wilmerWilmer registered for the course of study at Pearce College of Business that included English, bookkeeping, penmanship, business correspondence and forms, business law, math, ethics, commerce, and trade. Prior to marrying Edna in 1904, Wilmer also studied economics, history, biography, philosophy, and music. Some subjects were self taught and other subjects were mastered through classes sponsored by Cooper Union in New York where Wilmer lived after accepting his first job as an accountant in Manhattan.

The crash courses transformed Wilmer Rhamstine Kearns, someone who had received his early schooling at a one-room school with lessons primarily conducted in German. Photographs in the Kearns family archive show Wilmer with friends from the Philadelphia business college, images of Kearns family members back in Beavertown, along with special portraits he and Edna had taken together at a center city Philadelphia photography studio.

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News Notes include Woodstock, NY exhibit of women artists & People’s Town Hall in NYC

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It’s the countdown for August 26th, Women’s Equality Day, The People’s Town Hall, cosponsored by Women on 20s, Women You Should Know, Unite Women New York, and the Department of Records and Information Services/WomensActivism.NYC. A panel of speakers includes Liz Abzug (moderator) – consultant, professor, attorney/lobbyist; Rosemonde Pierre-Louis – Commissioner, NYC Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence, attorney, and advocate; Amy Paulin – Assemblywoman serving the 88th Assembly District of New York State; Laurie Cumbo – Democratic New York City Councilwoman serving the 35th District and Chair of Committee on Women’s Issues; and Nicholas Ferroni – educator and historian. The Town Hall runs from 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. Space is limited. RSVP to: http://www.nyc.gov/cgi-bin/exit.pl?url=https://www.greenvelope.com/event/PeoplesTownHall

Woodstock, New York is in the news with its town board resolution honoring its women’s history AND the announcement by the Woodstock School of Art about a new exhibit: “Overlooked: Woodstock Women Artists: Rediscovering Lesser-Known Painters.” The exhibit opens September 12 and runs throughOctober 31, 2015 with a reception on Saturday, September 12, 3-5 p.m.

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Cooking school celebrates recipes during its first year of operation!

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When a birthday rolls around, we take advantage of it. Espacially when Suffrage Wagon Cooking School is in the spotlight for its first birthday party. We’re highlighting some of our best recipes as part of the August 26th programming. An overview of some cooking school videos during 2015:

Make Chinese Fortune Cookies at Suffrage Wagon Cooking School on Vimeo.

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

Make a mean cup of coffee at Suffrage Wagon Cooking School on Vimeo.

Other video highlights during 2015: Fortune cookies preview. Affiliation with Suffrage Wagon Cafe. The why of Suffrage Wagon Cooking School. The desserts of Eighty Bug. How to make a mean cup of coffee promo.

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More from Bess on “Suffrage Storytelling,” plus news notes!

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Being an Independent Woman in 1903 wasn’t easy! Find out more on “Suffrage Storytelling” on Vimeo.

COMING SOON: We’ll meet Wilmer Kearns who starts complicating young Edna’s life because she wanted to go slowly out into the world and not get tangled in a romance, at least not right away.

“SUFFRAGE STORYTELLING” so far: Episode #1  Episode #2

IN OTHER NEWS: The “10 Days in a Madhouse” movie release date has been pushed back to November 20, 2015 to position for The Golden Globe Awards and The Academy Awards. Based on investigative reporter Nellie Bly’s undercover exposé, the film follows Bly as she feigns insanity in order to be committed into Blackwell’s Island Insane Asylum before the turn of the 20th century.

Nellie Bly was in the front lines of women reporters entering a world that had been dominated by men. Bly covered the 1913 suffrage parade in Washington, DC and supported the women’s suffrage movement. She was a trailblazer in the world of journalism. “10 Days In A Madhouse is directed by Timothy Hines (War of Worlds the True Story), and it is produced by Susan Goforth.

Did you miss the special program at Suffrage Wagon Cafe about August 26th and the 95th anniversary of the 19th Amendment? Stop by and catch up with the cafe programs that were launched in March of 2015.

PARTY SCHEDULED: Suffrage Wagon Cooking School is celebrating its first birthday this summer and fall. Watch for special features.

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Suffrage Wagon Cafe’s special August 26th program today!

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95th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution on Vimeo.

Honor Bella Abzug. She made sure the U.S. Congress designated August 26th to commemorate the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. August 26th is the 4th of July for American women. That’s why we’re celebrating it at Suffrage Wagon Cafe during August.

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This year, 2015, has been a remarkable year for women’s history. The trend started about two years ago with storytelling about suffrage activists. Then the Womenon20s campaign blew the subject wide open with all the discussions about which women should be nominated to appear on U.S. currency.

So many women who’ve been invisible in American history previously are now household words. And the number of books telling the stories about votes for women are enough to make your head spin. Who would have believed it? This August 26th is the 95th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. That means five more years until the big national suffrage centennial in 2020. This year is a test run, so join in!

NEWS NOTES: Suffrage movement historic sites and community organizations have been planning special events for Women’s Equality Day on August 26th and the 95th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. Watch for announcements about an upcoming live feed for a national event.

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Celebrate women’s freedom to vote during August with a party, reception, fundraiser, or a cookout. Suffrage Wagon News Channel has resources, videos, audio and more about the women’s suffrage movement.

(1.) August 26th in song. The table in the audio image is the freedom table where the Declaration of Rights and Sentiments was drafted in 1848 not far from Seneca Falls, NY. Cross your fingers that it will be on public display as 2020 approaches. We’ll keep you posted.

(2.) Rapping and Rolling about August 26th on video. Sound track by T. Fowler.

Rap and Roll to celebrate August 26th, Women’s Equality Day on Vimeo.

“Standing on the Shoulders” by Earth Mama is a reminder of why we do this work! This was the official theme song of the 75th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, 20 years ago, and we’re still singing!

The National Women’s History Project gift shop has a 95th anniversary button and sticker to add to your women’s suffrage collection. Wear it. Order some for your August 26th event. The National Women’s History Project is celebrating its 35th year in 2015.
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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. Celebrate women’s freedom to vote.

Celebrate women’s 4th of July on August 8th at Suffrage Wagon Cafe!

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Suffrage Wagon Cafe opens its doors on August 8th for a special celebration of August 26th, Women’s Equality Day. August 26th is the 95th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. What does this mean? That American women have been citizens for 95 years, and 1920 is the year voting rights were finally won after a 72-year struggle. This voting rights observance isn’t an occasion to pass without some sort of recognition. It’s a perfect occasion for a party, whether it’s for friends and family, or your organization. With 2016 a big election year, community groups are staging events. There’s evidence of this around the nation. Still vague about August 26th? Need a refresher? Consult Wikipedia and other resources. And have fun!


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Suffrage Summer reading & July news notes

 Edward Henry Potthast (1857 - 1927)  Detail At the Seaside

SUMMER READING:

During the dog days of summer, curl up in a hammock under a tree or take time at the beach for summer reading. Need a women’s suffrage related list for summer reading? Here’s a bibliography by Margaret E. Gers that will point you in the direction of a good book related to women’s rights and the suffrage movement that will get you started at home or on the beach. Image: Edward Henry Potthast (American artist, 1857-1927)  Detail – At the Seaside.

SUFFRAGE NEWS WRAPUP: August 26, 2015 is the 95th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Watch for the August 8th special program at Suffrage Wagon Cafe that celebrates this important occasion. First two episodes from Season 1 of “Suffrage Storytelling.” Story of the 4th of July co-conspirators. Fresh corn is in the markets straight from the fields. Find out a great way to cook it from Suffrage Wagon Cooking School.

Three audio podcast series: “Trouble Brewing in Seneca Falls”; “Playing Politics with the President”; and “The Night of Terror.” Video highlights from Suffrage Wagon News Channel. Stay in touch with what’s happening with suffrage centennial news, events and celebrations, whether you’re interested in past state suffrage centennials, upcoming, or the 2020 suffrage centennial in the U.S. Voting rights are as important today as they were at the turn of the 20th century.

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