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.


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)( 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 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.


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:

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:


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.


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.


“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 More information about Inez at

Watch trailer for “Iron Jawed Angels” on YouTube.

Contact for “Forward into Light” film.

“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.

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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.

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

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.

Suffrage CentennialsimagesFollow 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.

Inez Milholland honored at her grave site in Lewis, NY

Women’s march included tribute to Inez Milholland, U.S. suffrage martyr, in Lewis, NY on Vimeo.


The web site 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.

Follow for news and views about upcoming women’s suffrage centennial events and celebrations.

“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.

Honoring Susan B. Anthony: The first militant suffrage activist

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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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