A major accomplishment of 2015: Support for “Spirit of 1776” suffrage wagon

Suffrage Wagon News ChannelHelp us celebrate a major media campaign defining 2015. We’ve been spreading the word about the ongoing effort to support the New York State Museum in putting the “Spirit of 1776” suffrage Wagon on permanent exhibit.

We were thrilled when Newsday (Long Island, NY) published a two-page spread in June 2015 about the campaign. The effort to support the NYS Museum’s permanent exhibition of the “Spirit of 1776” wagon continues with the video celebrating suffrage activist Edna Kearns’ birthday on December 25th. Support for the permanent wagon exhibit is part of the “Spirit of 1776” media campaign for 2015.

For more information about the “Spirit of 1776” campaign wagon used by Edna Kearns in the New York State suffrage campaign. In 2016 we will be remembering the first time the “Spirit of 1776” wagon was exhibited in New York State in Kingston, NY back in 1986, almost thirty years ago.

We continue gathering support for the permanent exhibit of the “Spirit of 1776” wagon. Plan to visit the New York State Museum when the wagon is on exhibit during 2017 as part of the state’s suffrage centennial observance. And support the wagon’s permanent exhibit.  Join us!

Newsday, June 2015

Newsday article, page 2, June 2015

Happy Birthday, Edna Buckman Kearns, suffrage activist! on Vimeo.
Suffrage StorytellingThe stories of Edna Buckman Kearns and friends are featured on the “Spirit of 1776” suffrage storytelling.

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SuffrageCentennials.com for trends, news and views about upcoming suffrage centennials. Suffrage Wagon is a partner in the Inez Milholland Centennial observance in 2016. Inez Milholland is America’s suffrage martyr.

Christmas in 1823, a story by Elizabeth Cady Stanton

2015 is the 200th birthday of Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Here’s what she had to say about Christmas in 1823. Two large and diverse events in New York City and Seneca Falls, NY in November 2015 brought many people together to remember that the women’s rights movement in the United States was long and uphill. This holiday message adds to the year’s birthday observance.

Note that Peter, referred to in this piece, is key to this holiday story. In service to the family, Peter appears to have been in charge of inspiring the holiday spirit, assisting in the preparation of the holiday meal and telling stories. Stanton notes that he sat in a separate section at the church in the Finger Lakes region of New York State and his presence caused static. Check out this story. It’s a personal account of the life experiences of a very complex and controversial activist. Johnstown, NY, the childhood home of Mrs. Stanton, has an active program year round of programs featuring Mrs. Stanton and women’s history.

Holiday stockingsby Elizabeth Cady Stanton

The winter gala days are associated in my memory with hanging up stockings, and with turkeys, mince pies, sweet cider, and sleigh rides by moonlight. My earliest recollections of those happy days, when schools were closed, books laid aside, and unusual iberties allowed, center in that large cellar kitchen to which I have already referred. There we spent many winter evenings in uninterrupted enjoyment.

A large fireplace with huge logs shed warmth and cheerfulness around. In one corner sat Peter sawing his fiddle, while our youthful neighbors danced with us and played blindman’s buff almost every evening during the vacation. The most interesting character in this game was the black boy called Jacob, Peters lieutenant, who made things lively for us by always keeping one eye open — a wise precaution to guard himself from danger, and to keep us on the jump. Hickory nuts, sweet cider, and olie-koeks (a Dutch name for a fried cake with raisins inside) were our refreshments when there came a lull in the fun.

As St. Nicholas was supposed to come down the  chimney, our stockings were pinned on a broomstick, laid across two chairs in front of the fireplace. We retired on Christmas Eve with the most pleasing anticipations of what would be in our stockings next morning. The thermometer in that latitude was often twenty degrees below zero, yet, bright and early we would run downstairs in our bare feet over the cold floors to carry stockings and broom to the nursery.

STOCKING STUFFINGS BACK IN 1823Vintage holiday card

The gorgeous presents that St. Nicholas now distributes show that he, too, has been growing up with the country. The boys and girls of today will laugh when they hear of the contents of our stockings in 1823. There was a little paper of candy, one of raisins, another of nuts, a red apple, an olie-koek, and a bright silver quarter of a dollar in the toe. If a child had been guilty of any erratic performance during the year, which was often my case, a long stick would protrude from the stocking; if particularly good, an illustrated catechism or the New Testament would appear, showing that the St. Nicholas of that time held decided views on discipline and ethics.

During the day we would take a drive over the snow-clad hills and valleys in a long red lumber sleigh. All the children it could hold made the forest echo with their songs and laughter. The sleigh bells, and Peter’s fine tenor voice, added to the chorus, seemed to chant, as we passed, “Merry Christmas!” to the farmers’ children and to all we met on the highway. Returning home, we were allowed, as a great Christmas treat, to watch all the preparations for dinner.

Attired in a white apron and turban, Peter assisted the cook. Holding in his hand a tin candlestick the size of a dinner plate, containing a lighted tallow candle, with a stately step he marched into the spacious cellar, with Jacob and three little girls dressed in red flannel at his heels. As the farmers paid the interest on their mortgages in barrels of pork, head-cheese, poultry, eggs, and cider, the cellars were well crowded for the winter, making the master of an establishment quite indifferent to all questions offinance. Laden with vegetables, butter, eggs, and a huge turkey, Peter and his followers returned to the kitchen. There, seated on a big ironing table, we watched the dressing and roasting of the bird in a tin oven in front of the fire. Jacob peeled the vegetables, we all sang, and Peter told us marvelous stories.

StrawberriesA BLACK AND WHITE CHRISTMAS IN UPSTATE NEW YORK

Peter was a devout Episcopalian, and took great pleasure in helping the young people decorate the old stone church, built by Sir William Johnson, and which stood just opposite our house. He would take us with him and show us how to make evergreen wreaths. Like Mary’s lamb, where’er he went we were sure to go. His love for us was unbounded, and fully returned. He was the only being, visible or invisible, of whom we had no fear. We would go to divine service with Peter Christmas morning and sit with him by the door, in what was called “the negro pew.”

He was the only colored member of the church, and, after all the other communicants had taken the sacrament, he went to the altar. Dressed in a new suit of blue with gilt buttons, he looked like a prince, as, with head erect, he walked up the aisle, the grandest specimen of manhood in the whole congregation; and yet so strong was prejudice against color in 1823 that no one would kneel beside him. On leaving us on one of these occasions, no sooner had he started than the youngest of us, Kate, slowly followed after him and seated herself close on the altar steps beside him. As he came back, holding the child by the hand, what a lesson it must have been to that prejudiced congregation!

SuffBookShelfFrom: ELIZABETH CADY STANTON: As Revealed in Her Letters, Diary and Reminiscences. Edited by Theodore Stanton and Harriot Stanton Blatch. Free ebook is available online.

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Episode #10 of Suffrage Storytelling: Bess cautions Edna about falling in love!

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Episode #10 of “Spirit of 1776” Suffrage Storytelling! on Vimeo.

Over 100 years ago young women questioned marriage and whether or not it was in their best interest. Back then, women were property, not individuals with the rights of citizenship. Women were expected to pay taxes and accept their second-class citizenship. “No way,” said Bess, Edna’s best friend. Bess decided that she didn’t want to get married if it meant giving up the freedom to realize her potential rather than be evaluated on how well she cooked and cared for children.

100 YEARS AGO YOUNG WOMEN LOOKED FOR WAYS TO COMBINE FAMILY AND FREEDOM TOO!

Edna May Buckman wanted freedom and family too. She believed that partnership could be linked to equality, but she had to find the right man who would be committed to this vision. When Edna started seeing Wilmer Kearns, Bess stepped in. Episode #10 of the “Spirit of 1776” suffrage storytelling highlights Edna’s search to find the right partner.

COMING NEXT ON EPISODE #11 OF SUFFRAGE STORYTELLING

In Episode #11, Edna invites Wilmer to meet her family. But will Wilmer make a good impression? Already we’ve discovered that Edna loves Wilmer’s storytelling, but she hates his pipe and cigar. Wilmer is figuring out whether or not Edna is worth changing his lifestyle. But he needs advice. In New York City where Wilmer is working at his first job, he meets Aunt Sarah. She isn’t his biological aunt. But Aunt Sarah loves young people and giving advice. Enjoy Episode #10, and stay tuned for Episode #11 in this first season of Suffrage Storytelling.

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Special video program at Suffrage Wagon Cafe: Happy Holidays!

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VIDEO: Fun building on women’s history, past hard work and accomplishments! from Marguerite Kearns on Vimeo.

A star for Inez Milholland, America’s women’s suffrage martyr on Vimeo.

Happy holidays from the people at Suffrage Wagon News Channel! on Vimeo.

A Wish for Santa: Support Permanent Exhibit of “Spirit of 1776” Wagon! on Vimeo.

We’re thrilled to devote the December 8, 2015 program at Suffrage Wagon Cafe to videos that highlight the upcoming holiday season. Wish upon a star for the 2016 Inez Milholland centennial. Celebrate the 72 years that American women campaigned vigorously for the right to vote.

Honor the extraordinary work and sacrifice that went into the largest nonviolent grassroots social revolution in the history of the United States. Make sure you see two important films: “Suffragette” (about the English suffrage movement) and “10 Days in a Madhouse” (about Nellie Bly, trailblazing investigative reporter who covered the suffrage movement).

ASK SANTA TO SUPPORT THE PERMANENT EXHIBITION OF THE “SPIRIT OF 1776” SUFFRAGE CAMPAIGN WAGON USED BY EDNA KEARNS

Ask Santa for his support of the permanent exhibit of the “Spirit of 1776” suffrage campaign wagon used by suffrage activist Edna Kearns in the Votes for Women activism. The wagon is in the collection of the New York State Museum. And we’re thrilled that it will be on exhibit in 2017, the state’s suffrage centennial observance. Let’s visualize the wagon on exhibit in 2020 and beyond. Thank the State of New York for its creation of a state suffrage centennial commission for 2017, as well as the financial support of the events and activities.

Happy holidays! And follow Season I of the “Spirit of 1776” suffrage storytelling on Suffrage Wagon News Channel. In 2016, the Suffrage Wagon Cooking School will feature recipes and a cooking contest. The cooking school celebrated its first birthday in 2015. And visit the Suffrage Wagon’s archival library. Stay tuned!

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Publishing since 2009: Suffrage Wagon News Channel!

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Suffrage Wagon News Channel has been publishing since 2009: Holiday News Notes  on Vimeo.

Suffrage Wagon Cafe is open on December 8, 2015 for a special holiday program.

KSFR public radioListen to the interview with Marguerite Kearns on public radio that features director Timothy Hines and producer Susan Goforth of “10 Days in a Madhouse.” It’s about Nellie Bly’s undercover investigative reporting in a mental hospital, an expose that rocked the nation before the turn of the 20th century. Nellie Bly opened the doors for women in journalism. Nellie Bly covered the women’s suffrage movement. Her interview with Susan B. Anthony presented the activist in ways that no other reporter had been able to reveal.

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Happy December from Marguerite Kearns & Suffrage Wagon News Channel

Support Suffrage Storytelling during Season I: Drama, action, and fun! on Vimeo.

Happy holidays from “Spirit of 1776” suffrage storytelling. Season I continues with Bess, Wilmer and Edna. Meet Jonathan Geffner, ventriloquist, a special guest on Suffrage Storytelling. We’re up to Episode #9. Watch the videos and catch up with past episodes.

Did you see the Suffrage Wagon News Channel news notes for November? Catch up now!

Women’s Suffrage Holiday News Notes on Vimeo.

COMING SOON: Marguerite Kearns interviews the director and producer of the new film, “10 Days in a Madhouse.” A new program at Suffrage Wagon Cafe on December 8, 2015. A December 25, 2015 birthday celebration for Edna May Buckman. Celebrating the grandmothers at Suffrage Wagon Cooking School.

At Suffrage Wagon Cooking School we’ll be cooking for the holidays. Check out the cooking school programs for 2015.

Suffrage Wagon Cooking SchoolFollow Suffrage Wagon News Channel on Facebook and Twitter. Quarterly newsletters just by signing up. Suffrage Wagon News Channel has a video platform on VimeoIn your free time, meet friends at the Suffrage Wagon Cafe.

SuffrageCentennials.com features trends, news and views about suffrage centennials. “Choose it and Use it” is a video reminding us of how the past is linked to what we do today, as well as its impact on the future. We’re celebrating voting rights and women’s freedom to vote! Join us.

Happy Thanksgiving with Suffrage Movement News Notes

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Women’s Suffrage Holiday News Notes on Vimeo.

Happy Thanksgiving from Marguerite Kearns and Suffrage Wagon News Channel with this video of news notes! It’s an overview of the postings we’ve been featuring during November 2015.

The “Spirit of 1776” suffrage storytelling is in its first season. Follow the adventures of Bess, Edna, and Wilmer.

At Suffrage Wagon Cooking School we’ll be cooking for the holidays. Check out the cooking school programs for 2015.

Suffrage Wagon Cafe is openFollow Suffrage Wagon News Channel on Facebook and Twitter. Quarterly newsletters just by signing up. Suffrage Wagon News Channel has a video platform on VimeoIn your free time, meet friends at the Suffrage Wagon Cafe.

SuffrageCentennials.com features trends, news and views about suffrage centennials. “Choose it and Use it” is a video reminding us of how the past is linked to what we do today, as well as its impact on the future. We’re celebrating voting rights and women’s freedom to vote! Join us.