Susan B. Anthony’s February birthday means special events & celebrations

  

Follow the Spirit of 1776 wagon to the Susan B. Anthony Museum & House! on Vimeo.

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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Women’s rights & the Chinese New Year!

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Chinese fortune cookies for the Chinese New Year on Vimeo.

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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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A nod to the 2017 women’s march in Washington, DC

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Women’s Marches & Parades: “The Song of the Women” on Vimeo.

Birthday cakes are in your future when you follow the Spirit of 1776! on Vimeo.

Suffrage Wagon News Channel supports the 2017 women’s march in Washington, DC on January 21, 2017. The video “Women’s Marches & Parades” hints of the long American tradition of women’s marches. We’ve been a partner in the Inez Milholland Centennial observance during 2016. Inez, who died for women’s voting rights, has been nominated for a presidential citizens medal. The nomination was submitted more than a year ago and we’re crossing our fingers that President Obama will award it before he leaves office. Check with the InezMilhollandCentennial.com web site for updates. And honor women’s rights activists whose birthdays are in January. The National Women’s History Project not only sponsored the Inez Milholland centennial campaign, but its web site features the birthdays of many American women.

Suffrage Wagon CafeMarguerite Kearns is your host at the Suffrage Wagon Cafe.

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