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Wilmer Kearns out to win Edna in Episode #6, a program at Suffrage Wagon Cafe

Wilmer Kearns, Storyteller
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Episode #6: Wilmer Kearns tries to win over Edna with his storytelling. “Spirit of 1776.” on Vimeo.

By Marguerite Kearns

Welcome to Suffrage Wagon Cafe. Wilmer Kearns (my grandftaher) is complicating the story, as Edna’s best friend Bess points out. Wilmer’s determined to wear down Edna’s resolve not to marry because of the few rights young women possess at the turn of the 20th century. Bess has been reading Mary Wollstonecraft and other controversial women writers. She’s even paid a price for doing this after her parents found the Mary Wollstonecraft books hidden under her mattress in her bedroom at home.

A SUMMARY OF THE “SPIRIT OF 1776” STORYTELLING SO FAR!

Wilmer Kearns is a fresh upstart from Beavertown, PA where he grew up playing musical instruments with his family. Enjoy these images of Wilmer as a young man from the Kearns family photo collection. Episode #6 highlights one of Wilmer’s tactics. His determination to wear down Edna’s resolve to avoid marriage is fueled by his storytelling. This has worked so far while they’ve been meeting in secret at the Market Street teahouse. But the narrative becomes even more complicated after Edna’s parents find out about the couple seeing each other weeks after their first meeting at the Pompeii restoration exhibit.

THE PLOT IS NOW EVEN MORE COMPLICATED.

Wilmer Kearns left his hometown at age 16 and moved to Philadelphia where he enrolled in business college. That’s when he met Edna at the Pompeii exhibit in 1903. Bess warned Edna to be careful about falling in love. Bess is committed to remaining single, and she wastes no time in sharing books with radical ideas about equality with all her friends. Edna seeks a middle ground, but it’s not clear yet if Wilmer Kearns has what it takes to win Edna’s heart.

Edna and Wilmer meetEpisode #1. Bess gets in trouble.

Episode #2. Now Bess is in even more trouble.

Episode #3. Wilmer Kearns enters the story.

Episode #4: Mary Wollstonecraft’s books gets Bess in more hot water.

Episode #5: Bess and Edna argue about decisions they must make.

Episode #6: Our special feature here at the Suffrage Wagon Cafe.

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A surprise in Kenneth Florey’s book on woman suffrage postcards. A special program at Suffrage Wagon Cafe!

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“American Woman Suffrage Postcards” by Kenneth Florey from Vimeo.

DISCOVERY OF HISTORIC ARTIFACT IMAGE IN NEW BOOK

by Marguerite Kearns

As I held Kenneth Florey’s book in my hands recently, I felt a surge of delight in flipping the pages for an overview of the postcard images that our grandmothers, great grandmothers and other family members may have viewed that illustrated their interest in, and in many cases, their involvement in this important American civil rights movement.

American Woman Suffrage PostcardsHundreds of these postcard images with scholarly commentary are now available in Florey’s 2015 book American Woman Suffrage Postcards: A Study and Catalog  (McFarland, a leading publisher of academic and nonfiction books). Kenneth Florey, professor emeritus at Southern Connecticut State University, is a long-time specialist in woman suffrage memorabilia. He has lectured on the subject in the U.S. and abroad, appeared on television, and written articles for a variety of publications.

Imagine my surprise when an unidentified postcard jumped off the page that only my eagle eye could have caught –that of the “Spirit of 1776,” the suffrage campaign wagon that inspired this web site.

WHY THE WAGON IMAGE DISCOVERY WAS SO EXCITING!

This postcard photo (shown here) is the first time the public is able to see the “Spirit of 1776” horse-drawn wagon used for suffrage movement grassroots organizing in the full context of the oceanside setting in Long Beach, NY in July 1913. That’s only one of special treats available when making American W1913 Spirit of 1776 wagon, 1913, Long Beachoman Suffrage Postcards part of your library.

If any of us were to try and imagine what it was like for our family members to be activists during the suffrage movement (1848 to 1920), we’d do ourselves a favor by spending quality time relaxing with this work. Over the past year I’ve witnessed several women’s suffrage postcards go viral, but these sharings, though informative, didn’t give a complete picture of the wide range of subject matter that’s expressed in the 700+ examples in what Kenneth Florey calls a “study and a catalog.” These postcards represent a wide variety of types of cards used for different purposes as “visual rhetoric.”

THE POPULARITY OF MOVEMENT POSTCARDS AS VISUAL RHETORIC

Activists collected the postcards, exchanged them, used them for fundraisers and souvenirs, as well as for sending messages to friends. They cover a wide range of topics, including anti-suffrage messages, the promotion of real events and programs, including actual arguments pro and con of women voting.

The book production staff at McFarland shared my excitement in being able to identify the details of July 1913 not long after Edna Kearns, Serena Kearns, Irene Davison and others left Manhattan for a month of votes for women organizing on Long Island. Though the newspaper coverage of the campaign at the time was ample and other images exist of the wagon, the “Spirit of 1776” postcard in this new book from McFarland shows for the first time the horse attached to the wagon and its various patriotic protest messages.

WHO’S IN THE POSTCARD PHOTO?

There’s my grandmother Edna Kearns sitting in the far left of the wagon on the beach, wearing her colonial costume. Little Serena Kearns is to the far right of the wagon, at age eight. And the woman in the middle, holding the umbrella, is unidentified. Perhaps there’s someone out there with an eagle eye like mine who could identify other features and add to the fascinating detail of this picture.

Here’s what McFarland’s web site had to say about the “Spirit of 1776” postcard discovery.

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Cooking School demo of soup simmering on a Waterford Stanley wood-burning stove! Videos!

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Birthday party in the works featuring Waterford Stanley wood-burning cook stove! on Vimeo.

CornMelonsSuffrage Wagon Cooking School is celebrating its first birthday this summer. We started the cooking school with corn last year. Why? Because of the corn Edna Kearns canned for demonstration purposes that got her out in the community to reach women and speak about votes for women. The special cooking demonstration with roast corn on the cob.

How to make Butternut Squash Soup at Suffrage Wagon Cooking School on Vimeo.

Suffrage cookbooks were popular fundraisers for the cause. And cooking was by no means a tidy activity. We’re introducing our very own wood-burning cook stove, an Irish variety, the Waterford Stanley cook stove.

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

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Equality Celebrations and Women’s Suffrage News Notes on Vimeo.

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.

Women’s suffrage newsletter is on the stands! on Vimeo.

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Cooking school celebrates recipes during its first year of operation!

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Our hats off to Suffrage Wagon Cooking School recipes! on Vimeo.

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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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.

Bella Abzug

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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SuffrageCentennials.com 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.