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As a partner in the Inez Milholland Centennial of her death in 1916, we continue in our special coverage about how we’ve been writing Inez into American history. Inez is America’s suffrage martyr. She collapsed on October 25, 1916 when on a lecture tour of the West to appeal to women voters there to take part in the extraordinary effort to add the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Inez died on November 25, 1916, a special day for remembering. Inez was just thirty years old.  We’ve been urging everyone to watch the video, “Choose It and Use It,” a music video reminding us that when we vote, we’re also remembering Inez Milholland.

In our special Suffrage Wagon Cafe program for Halloween, we’re touching into the address Inez gave to the men running Essex County in upstate New York where Inez grew up and where she is buried today. In 1911, Inez gave them a piece of her mind about women being invisible and without representation. Today in 2016, Essex County in upstate New York is run only by men in elected positions.

Here is what Inez told them more than 100 years ago.

Inez MilhollandTaken from the September 19, 1911 speech by Inez Milholland to the Essex County Board of Supervisors

Gentleman, you are about to elect a representative to the Assembly of the State of New York. The man you elect will be sent to the legislature, to look after the interests of the people in Essex County.

         He is there to protect your rights, to voice your needs, and to safeguard your liberties…. He must do the right thing by you, no matter what the result to himself as a politician.

         You have had representatives in the past who did not play fair with you.  On the contrary, they left behind your interests, needs, and desires to look after themselves.

         You all know that a man will promise anything while he is running for office in order to get your support, your vote, and once he’s elected, more often than not, he often fails to keep those promises. You have all been fooled that way, time and time again.

         Unless—and here is your only protection   — unless the man you elect to office is a Just man. If he is fundamentally Just, he will deal fairly with you, whether or not he has hopes or desires for reelection.

         If he is fundamentally just, he will stand up for those measures in the legislature, no matter what party bosses may say, and no matter how much his stand may affect his chances of personal advancement.

         If he is fundamentally just, he will protect the weak. He will not only look after the interests of those who help him, but he will look after the interests of his constituents, who can give him nothing in return.

         But how are you going to tell whether or not your candidate for office believes in justice?

Here is one way. …..a man who protects the interests of those who can give him nothing in return, is a just man.

         At present women are —politically speaking—weak and without protection. That is, they have no guarantee that their interests will be safeguarded, their demands listened to, or their needs attended to… Women have to obey laws, which they have had no voice in making. This is contrary to the American idea of government, which is “government with the consent of the governed.”

         Women are taxed without being represented. This is contrary to the Revolutionary Idea on which our Republic was founded, which says that, “Taxation without representation is tyranny.”

         Women have the same interests as men: in clean government, good roads, and sound education. Yet they have nothing whatever to say about the laws. All these questions are handled by a legislature, which pays no attention to the wants, the needs or the voice of women… If women should break any one of these laws, which they have no voice in making, they would be fined, imprisoned, or put to death –exactly the same as men.

         Women, you see, pay all the penalties of citizenship, but enjoy none of its privileges…
No longer obscureMargaret Bartley is a former elected official in Essex County, New York who is determined to remember Inez Milholland. She reminds us that Inez took her case for women’s rights to the Essex County Republican Convention in Lake Placid where she received the unanimous support of the Republican Party. Two years later, she led a parade of 8,000 women marchers in Washington DC, during President Woodrow Wilson’s inauguration.

“She worked tirelessly for the cause of American women,” Margaret says. “In 1916, while delivering a speech in Los Angeles, Inez fell ill and died a few weeks later at the age of thirty. Her body was returned to her Meadowmount home here in Essex County, and over 2,000 people attended her funeral at the Lewis cemetery. Four years after her death the 19th amendment to the Constitution was passed in 1920 giving American women the right to vote. It took another 60 years, in 1980, before a woman became a member of the Essex County Board of Supervisors. The 18, 740 women of Essex County no longer have a representative or a voice in county government. This is also true for Essex County women in 14 of the 18 town councils in Essex County, New York. But it has not always been this way.”

“Spirit of 1776” suffrage storytelling explores equality on Vimeo.

Newsday, June 2015Marguerite Kearns is
the host at Suffrage Wagon Cafe.

Smell something good? Find out what’s going on at Suffrage Wagon Cooking School in the next special program at Suffrage Wagon Cafe. We’re in our second year and you can visit some of our videos.

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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.

Women’s suffrage storytelling is expanded with audio podcasts!

Goal of 200 storytelling videos about women’s suffrage movement makes learning American history easy for young people on Vimeo.

THREE AUDIO PODCAST SERIES THAT SHOW THE U.S. SUFFRAGE ACTIVISTS FOR THE COMPLEX AND PERSISTENT INDIVIDUALS THEY WERE:

(1.) “Trouble Brewing in Seneca Falls.” Podcast #1. Podcast #2. Podcast #3. Podcast #4. Podcast #5. Podcast #6. Podcast #7.

(2.) “Playing Politics with the President.” Podcast #1. Podcast #2. Podcast #3. Podcast #4. Podcast #5. Podcast #6. Podcast #7. Podcast #8. Podcast #9.

(3.) “The Night of Terror.” Podcast #1. Podcast #2. Podcast #3. Podcast #4. Podcast #5. Podcast #6. Podcast #7. Podcast #8.

Videos keep people coming back to see what’s new on Suffrage Wagon News Channel. Highlights of some of the personal videos about Edna Kearns and family. We’re adding new videos often. AND TAKE NOTE OF OUR EXPANDING COLLECTION OF AUDIO PODCASTS!

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Comment on the Suffrage Wagon blogMeet your friends at the Suffrage Wagon Cafe. Follow 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.

Honor the grandmothers in the kitchen!

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The year 2016 is an election year –more reason than ever to remember the grandmothers and great grandmothers who spent more than 72 years working to win voting rights for women.

When you visit Suffrage Wagon Cooking School you’ll see a representative sampling of the cooking demonstrations during 2015, plus an archive. Chef Marguerite is your host.

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Suffrage Wagon Cafe is closed during January 2016. Programming resumes in February. Your host: Marguerite Kearns.

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.

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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Publishing since 2009: Suffrage Wagon News Channel!

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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 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.

Episode #9: Bess tells why Mary Wollstonecraft upset so many people on Suffrage Storytelling!

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Episode #9 of “Spirit of 1776″ Suffrage Storytelling.” Mary Wollstonecraft on Vimeo.

Mary WollstonecraftMany people haven’t heard of Mary Wollstonecraft today. She wrote about women’s rights in the late 1700s. And even by 1900, Mary was still considered a hot property because of the controversy she stirred up. Mary not only found fault with men who put women into subservient positions. She also criticized women for going along with the program. She called them “servile parasites.” this upset a lot of people.

Bess, Edna’s best friend. got in trouble at home after her parents found a copy of Mary Wollstonecraft’s writing in her bedroom: “A Vindication of the Rights of Woman.” This work influenced women, not only in England, but throughout the world. Bess read Mary Wollstonecraft, and she made sure her friends did too!

There’s a small but determined group in the UK organizing to build a memorial sculpture honoring Mary Wollstonecraft. They need money and as much support as possible. Check out the website and support maryonthegreen.org

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The Buzz about “10 Days in a Madhouse”: Featured program at Suffrage Wagon Cafe

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by Marguerite Kearns

Welcome to Suffrage Wagon Cafe. I had the pleasure recently of interviewing Susan Goforth and Timothy Hines. Susan is the producer and her husband Timothy Hines, the director of “10 Days in a Madhouse.” The film featuring investigative reporter Nellie Bly and starring Caroline Barry, Christopher Lambert, Kelly LeBrock and others. It’s available in US theaters staring this week in a staggered release across the nation (Pandragon Films).

The production is based on Nellie Bly’s actual undercover investigative reporting on Blackwell’s Island, a mental hospital before the turn of the 20th century. It’s an important film, the type of production that’s in short supply these days –a work about women who are more than secondary characters, but rather pivotal individuals who move the plot forward.

THE U.S. FILM THAT TRANSFORMED THE PEOPLE WHO MADE IT!

"10 Days in a Madhouse" film“10 Days in a Madhouse” producer Susan Goforth had this to say when we first corresponded about the film in production: “I’m sure there are many women out there inspired by Nellie Bly as you and I. More than ever, we need a positive female role model for the upcoming year. It’s my privilege to serve in the making of this movie, a movie far greater than the sum of its parts, a movie that has already transformed the lives of the hundreds of people who helped make it. Surely Nellie Bly’s spirit has been involved in making this amazing film!”

I read the Nellie Bly biography by Brooke Kroeger and found it a fascinating account of her life. That’s when I found out many more details about Nellie, including her press coverage of the U.S. women’s rights movement. Nellie’s interview with Susan B. Anthony opened people’s eyes across the nation about this icon as a private person as well as her dedication as a women’s rights activist over decades. Nellie also covered the 1913 big suffrage parade in Washington, DC. She spoke her mind and attracted attention and scrutiny about a wide variety of issues. This film is opening doors to an understanding of women in the past who have made a difference.

NELLIE BLY AS A SUFFRAGE ACTIVIST AND MUCH MORE

Librivox, Nellie BlyBut “10 Days in a Madhouse” isn’t about Nellie as a suffrage activist. That’s background. The film expands our understanding of Nellie’s undercover journalistic coverage that opened the door for change in funding and policy making for publicly-funded institutions. It’s shocking. It’s informative. And the film is a must see.

The film stays true to Nellie’s journalistic accomplishments in a production that’s expected to be in the spotlight during the Academy awards in 2016. You can see it now. The production features 90% women. It’s a valuable tool for teaching and learning about Nellie Bly and her cutting-edge work in investigative journalism.

Listen to Nellie’s own words in the entire print coverage of “10 Days in a Madhouse” on Librivox. The Suffrage Wagon News Channel edited version is shorter (about four minutes). Stretch out with the audio before you see the film. More coming soon about “10 Days in a Madhouse.”

SuffragetteWhile you’re planning for a night out on the town, add the film “Suffragette” to your list. Susan Goforth and Timothy Hines believe the two films together will have people talking and thinking for quite a while. Support women filmmakers, performers, directors, producers, and production staff. We’re about to witness change when it comes to women in the entertainment industry. Support what’s on its way and demonstrate that we want more!

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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.

New markets for “Suffragette”film, plus great contests to enter!

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Participate in a contest to bring more people into the fold who know about American history and women’s place in it.  Womenon20s.org commissioned the above image and shared it with the U.S Treasury. Each of the individuals shown worked tirelessly for women’s rights and what is taken for granted today.

Name The People Contest: No cost to enter. Submit the names of the 12 people featured on The Other Side on the form provided on the Womenon20’s website. Winners will be announced by Thanksgiving. Essay Contest: Tell in 500-1000 words why commemorating women on national currency is meaningful.  All entries will be sent as one package to the Treasury and the U.S. President. Send entries to: women@womenon20s.org.

Turning Point Suffragist Memorial’s contest is geared to undergraduate and graduate students across the nation.

"Suffragette"NEW MARKETS FOR “SUFFRAGETTE” FILM AS OF NOVEMBER 6, 2015. Albany, Albuquerque, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Champaign-Urbana, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Colorado Springs, Dallas, Denver, Des Moines, Ft. Myers, Harrisburg, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Madison, Milwaukee,  Miami, Minneapolis, Nashville, New Orelans, Norfolk, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Pittsburgh, Portland, ME, Portland, OR, Providence, Raleigh, Richmond, Rochester, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, Seattle, St. Louis, Syracuse, Tucson, and West Palm Beach. WATCH FOR MORE RELEASES OF “SUFFRAGETTE” FILM ON SuffrageCentennials.com

November 8, 2015: Special program at Suffrage Wagon Cafe about the November 2015 release of film, “10 Days in a Madhouse.”

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Videos: Wrapping up our first year at Suffrage Wagon Cooking School!

Suffrage Wagon Cooking SchoolOur first year at Suffrage Wagon Cooking School is coming to an end. This is the last day for visiting the farmers’ market where, over time, the refrigerator’s produce bin has been crammed with food fresh from the fields. We love to cook with fresh local ingredients!

Our Irish wood-burning cook stove has been a hit with cooking school students and fans. During 2015 we’ve baked apple pie in it, as well as butternut squash soup.

A demonstration on how to make French onion soup is coming soon from Suffrage Wagon Cooking School. Keep your produce bin stocked with fresh onions. They come in handy when you’re in a hurry and a pot of fresh soup is all that you can manage for dinner.

VIDEOS: Highlights of cooking school demonstrations for 2015. If you didn’t have a chance to attend our birthday party celebration on video, here’s your opportunity now.

Here’s what we crammed into the shopping bag during our last visit to the farmers’ market. Check in with this video now:

More fresh produce from the Farmers’ Market! on Vimeo.

Cooking School posterMeet our cooking school students and check out our vintage Irish wood-burning stove. Relax this fall by following Suffrage Wagon News Channel on Facebook and Twitter. Quarterly newsletters just by signing up. Suffrage Wagon News Channel has video platform on Vimeo.

In your free time, meet friends at the Suffrage Wagon Cafe.

SuffrageCentennials.com for trends, news and views about upcoming suffrage centennials. “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. We’re celebrating voting rights and women’s freedom to vote! Join us.

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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COMING SOON: New program at Suffrage Wagon Cafe on suffrage movement storytelling!

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New program coming soon at Suffrage Wagon Cafe: Women’s history as you like it! on Vimeo.

The program on October 8, 2015 at the Suffrage Wagon Cafe features storytelling with the unveiling of Episode #6 when we get to know Wilmer Kearns and why Edna meets him secretly at the Market Street teahouse. Suffrage Wagon has teaching and learning resources for home and school use. And our sister site, SuffrageCentennials.com delivers trends and news about upcoming events and celebrations. For example, 2016 has two featured centennial celebrations: Canada and the centennial observance of the death of Inez Milholland, America’s suffrage martyr.

Suffrage Wagon News Channel offers three audio programs about women’s suffrage history: “Trouble Brewing in Seneca Falls.” “Playing Politics with the President.” “The Night of Terror.” These stories are edited into short segments that make learning American history easy. So let’s meet at the Suffrage Wagon Cafe on October 8, 2015. Follow the “Spirit of 1776” suffrage storytelling.

Suffrage Wagon Cafe is openRelax this fall by following Suffrage Wagon News Channel on Facebook and Twitter. Quarterly newsletters just by signing up. Suffrage Wagon News Channel has video platform on Vimeo.

Meet your friends at the Suffrage Wagon Cafe. Follow SuffrageCentennials.com for news and views about upcoming suffrage centennials. “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.

Episode #4: The book that got Bess in trouble with her parents at home

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Episode #4: How Bess got in trouble for reading Mary Wollstonecraft! on Vimeo.

The problems for Bess started when her parents discovered a forbidden book under her bedroom mattress. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft (1792) started Bess on the path of finding other books that presented the idea that women and men could be equal. But to find support, Bess had to raid the school and public library. Before long, Bess had shared Mary Wollstonecraft with all her friends.

Mary Wollstonecraft

Edna’s friend, Bess, had been the little girl who got her dress dirty climbing an apple tree to pick fruit for Edna back when they were young and spent hours playing with a rose china tea set and pretending to be mothers of their dolls.

Bessie and Edna shared oolong tea, served with scones and lemon marmalade, while practicing how to hold dainty teacups and make polite conversation. Bessie’s lilting musical voice and a clear complexion summed up Bess and her childhood joyful innocence. Abolitionist and women’s rights activist Lucretia Mott’s made it known that oolong was her favorite tea. Bess and Edna wouldn’t drink anything else.

BESS TRIED TO BE LIKE THE OTHER GIRLS BUT THAT CHANGED AFTER READING A NOVEL BY MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT

The story of Bess and several other young girls on Rubicam Avenue in Germantown appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer in 1897 after they’d raised money for city children to leave crowded neighborhoods for summer excursions. The total of $200 collected for the Children’s Country Week Association wasn’t as important as having the names of Bess and her girlfriends mentioned in the society column. Edna’s mother, May Begley Buckman, wasn’t impressed. She said it wouldn’t be long before Bess and her friends would be raising money for hospitals after they’d landed husbands and waited for the birth of their first child. “Bess isn’t that way,” Edna insisted, but she didn’t tell her mother why she could be so certain.

Mary WollstonecraftEdna’s commitment to avoid marriage solidified after reading the 1788 novel by writer Mary Wollstonecraft: Mary: A Fiction. Bessie had wrapped the controversial book in newspaper and slipped it to Edna at Friends’ Central school and then returned it to the public library after Edna read it from cover to cover. Unlike Jane Eyre in the Brontë novel who delayed marriage and then later found happiness with Mr. Rochester, the fictional Mary in the Wollstonecraft novel had romantic attractions to both a man and a woman.

WHAT IT MEANT TO BE A “NEW WOMAN” IN 1900

Mary Wollstonecrafts’s character of Mary in her novel represented a New Woman who thought for herself. She didn’t ground her future in marriage and viewed the institution as guaranteed to ruin the spirit and independence of every young woman seeking her rightful place in the world. Edna had been convinced that no young man could change her mind about marriage, that is, until she met Wilmer Kearns.

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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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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.

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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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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:

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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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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.

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“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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Fresh corn is in from the fields: how to cook it!

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Fresh corn is in from the fields and this demonstration from Suffrage Wagon Cooking School fits the ticket. This summer is the first birthday for Suffrage Wagon Cooking School. Have fun with us!

The following states celebrated their centennials of women winning the vote prior to 1920: Wyoming (1890), Colorado (1893), Utah (1896), Idaho (1896), Washington (1910), California (1911), Arizona (1912), Kansas and Oregon (1912). Montana and Nevada observed one hundred years of women voting in 2014 with special events, projects and activities. New York’s centennial celebration is scheduled for 2017, with Michigan, Oklahoma and South Dakota to follow. And oh, yes. There’s the upcoming national suffrage centennial in 2020.

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No more goody-goody two shoes: Suffrage activists speak to us from the past!

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Who are these two women? Left, Doris Stevens. Right, Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Both weren’t shrinking violets although if you learned conventional history in school, they were overshadowed by men in the story of this nation. We’re in the midst of suffrage centennial fever that started with state centennial celebrations launched by the western states.

WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE CENTENNIAL CELEBRATIONS ARE HITTING THE NATION BY STORM!

In recent years, the following states celebrated their centennials of women winning the vote prior to 1920: Wyoming (1890), Colorado (1893), Utah (1896), Idaho (1896), Washington (1910), California (1911), Arizona (1912), Kansas and Oregon (1912). Montana and Nevada observed one hundred years of women voting in 2014 with special events, projects and activities. New York’s centennial celebration is scheduled for 2017, with Michigan, Oklahoma and South Dakota to follow. And oh, yes. There’s the upcoming national suffrage centennial in 2020.

We aren’t going back far in time to hunt for feisty and amazing ancestors and family members. They’re speaking to us from the past NOW. Suffrage Wagon News Channel has been on the case, publishing since 2009, to bring you up to date. We’re not balanced and full and effective human beings without embracing those who came before us. That’s why we’re clearing the decks so that Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Doris Stevens can speak their truth. Love them or hate them, we stand on their shoulders. Now’s the time to let them speak their minds.

THREE AUDIO PODCAST SERIES SHOW THE U.S. SUFFRAGE ACTIVISTS FOR THE COMPLEX AND PERSISTENT AND FESITY INDIVIDUALS THEY WERE:

(1.) “Trouble Brewing in Seneca Falls.” Podcast #1. Podcast #2. Podcast #3. Podcast #4. Podcast #5. Podcast #6. Podcast #7. The story of the women of Seneca Falls, NY who planned the 1848 women’s rights convention. These audio podcasts tell how these activists had to get out of their comfort zone to pull off a social revolt in mind and spirit that sent shock waves through the nation in 1848. These selections by Elizabeth Cady Stanton are from her memoir, Eighty Years and More. Audio by LibriVox. Production by Suffrage Wagon News Channel.

(2.) “Playing Politics with the President.” Podcast #1. Podcast #2. Podcast #3. Podcast #4. Podcast #5. Podcast #6. Podcast #7. Podcast #8. Podcast #9. This podcast series shows how from 1913 to 1917 that bolder tactics and strategies would become necessary if American women were to win the right to vote. Success came about as a result of everyone working together, especially the contributions of feisty devil-may-care types who worked alongside more traditional types of women. These podcasts are from Jailed For Freedom by Doris Stevens. Audio by LibriVox. Production by Suffrage Wagon News Channel.

(3.) “The Night of Terror.” Podcast #1. Podcast #2. Podcast #3. Podcast #4. Podcast #5. Podcast #6. Podcast #7. Podcast #8. The story of how militant women suffrage activists were beaten and terrorized one night in their prison cells near the nation’s capitol in 1917. This audio narrative series isn’t for the faint of heart. The stories told here don’t represent the sentiment of all of the suffrage activists, but rather a segment of them who didn’t mind stepping out of women’s traditional roles and putting their bodies on the line. All of the activists contributed to the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1920. These podcasts are from Jailed For Freedom by Doris Stevens. Audio by LibriVox. Production by Suffrage Wagon News Channel.

Suffrage Wagon Cafe has launched its storytelling series with the tale of how Bess, the best friend of Edna Kearns, got in trouble with her parents for a radical book circulating the rounds among young women of that generation. Stop by the Suffrage Wagon Cafe and meet Bess.

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The book that got Bess in trouble: Women’s suffrage storytelling special!

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On the street where Edna grew up in Philadelphia, her best friend Bess became an outsider compared to most of the other young women interested in marriage and starting a family at the turn of the 20th century. Bess insisted on remaining single because of the limited rights for married women. This caused considerable distress for Bess because she loved men and romance and fashionable dresses. But Bess drew the line in terms of what she’d have to sacrifice in terms of her freedom. And so in her mid teens Bess announced to family and friends that although she invited love and romance into her life, she drew the line at marriage.

MR. WEISS WANTED HIS DAUGHTER BESS TO CHOOSE MARRIAGE, NOT FREEDOM

In the larger world, Bess wasn’t alone. Many young women like Bess longed for choices and opportunities. Increasing numbers of them, like Bess, were in a position to receive an education paid for by their fathers. Mr. Weiss wanted his daughter to be the best possible wife for a man. This included becoming a clever conversationalist, someone skilled in household management, music and art –all of the skills and opportunities that could be acquired with a proper education. And so at home, Mr. Weiss caved into pressure from his wife and daughter for Bess to attend high school, an opportunity denied to most young women of that generation.

BESS RAIDED THE PUBLIC LIBRARY SHELVES FOR BOOKS BY WOMEN WRITERS

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When Bess attended high school with her best friend Edna, Bess raided the public library shelves and borrowed books from teachers. She read radical women writers such as Mary Wollstonecraft, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Margaret Fuller. Bess also heard stories about Lucretia Mott who turned the heads of old Philadelphia fogies with her radical abolitionist organizing. Many men quaked in their boots when hearing about the ways in which Lucretia Mott and her husband James Mott practiced equality in their marriage relationship. The word got around about how James played an essential role at the 1848 women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls, New York.

YOUNG WOMEN LIKE BESS WANTED TO LIVE A FULL LIFE & THIS GOT BESS IN TROUBLE

Young women like Bess traveled to New York City to witness for themselves the outrageous bells of Greenwich Village who strutted and pranced and showed off their liberated views about women’s equality and freedom. To her father’s dismay and regret, Bess turned out to be exactly what her father despised: an independent thinker, someone committed to remaining single and spending all her free time looking for cracks in the family’s armored existence. All of this came to a head when Mrs. Weiss found the book, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft under Bess’ mattress in her bedroom.

WHAT HAPPENED WHEN WILMER KEARNS ENTERED THE PICTURE . . .

Young Edna Buckman followed in the footsteps of her best friend Bess and announced her intention not to marry. But this resolve was eroded when she met Wilmer Kearns at an art exhibit in Philadelphia. We’ll find out about how this disagreement about marriage impacted the friendship of Bess and Edna on “Suffrage Storytelling.” The ideas of Mary Wollstonecraft and other women writers weren’t taught in school during my youth. Today I find it fascinating to discover the impact they had on my grandmother Edna and other young women like Bess, as well as the previous generation of Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and many others.

COMING SOON: THE BOOK THAT GOT BESS IN DEEP TROUBLE WITH HER PARENTS. You’ll be able to experience the book yourself on audio.
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Suffrage Storytelling series to be launched at Suffrage Wagon Cafe on July 8, 2015

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Suffrage Wagon Cafe is introducing its women’s suffrage storytelling series on July 8, 2015. Are you subscribed? This long-awaited series links story to facts. People who follow the Suffrage Wagon love the details and how the cafe is opening its doors. Meet your friends at the Suffrage Wagon Cafe.

Check out past story videos and start following the adventures of Edna Buckman Kearns and Wilmer Kearns. Teachers and students who follow the suffrage wagon tell us that they love the facts best when delivered with story. And Bess is a rebel girl, someone who challenges her best friend Edna Buckman who’s determined to become an activist in the women’s suffrage movement. Bess views herself as an outsider, and she’s headed out into the world as a free independent woman. No marriage for Bess. But Edna had romance on her mind.

Links to Suffrage Wagon News Channel‘s updates and announcements: Our second year of telling the story of the July 4th co-conspirators. National award for “Spirit of 1776” music video, plus other video highlights for women voters. Path through History weekend in NYS includes programs on women’s rights. Women’s history myth and free ebook, “Jailed for Freedom” by Doris Stevens. June special program from Suffrage Wagon Cafe about the perks of visiting Seneca Falls, NY. Get prepared for the upcoming “Suffragette” film from the UK by checking out the BBC series, “Shoulder to Shoulder.”

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Come along to Seneca Falls, NY with us for a program at Suffrage Wagon Cafe: June 8, 2015

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This special program from Suffrage Wagon Cafe features Seneca Falls, NY and the importance of making a journey or pilgrimage there to connect to our roots. PLENTY OF VIDEOS AND RESOURCES!

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Seneca Falls, NYWelcome to the Suffrage Wagon Cafe with a special program on Secena Falls, NY. There, the odds were at least a million to one or higher against the small band of 68 women and 32 men who showed up in Seneca Falls, NY in mid-July of 1848 to sign their own version of the Declaration of Independence and challenge the status quo. These brave souls relied on each other and brave allies for reassurance, support, and nourishment. And they realized that if they didn’t do something, few others would be able to take the issue of inequality to the level where it needed to go. Make no mistake about this important event in American history: a handful of people got the ball rolling.

Suffrage tea cupsWas the 1848 convention in Seneca Falls, NY as important as people claim it was? Find out the details in this special report now available at the web site of the Women’s Rights National Historic Park in Seneca Falls, NY.

Five women met together in a house near Seneca Falls in July of 1848. They wrote up their grievances, published an announcement in the newspaper for the convention, and held their collective breaths. It not unlike today when we take a stand against injustice, telephone or contact friends and family, and then send messages by way of social media, emails, letters, leaflets, and text messages. The activists of 1848 showed up in Seneca Falls to meet together and they kept stepping. Many wondered if they could accomplish the goal of equality in their lifetimes. But a core of stubborn activists persisted. “Yes, we can and we will,” they insisted. The rest is history and we’re celebrating this accomplishment today!

Suffrage Wagon CafePACK A SUITCASE:

(1.) Convention Days in Seneca Falls, NY,  July 17-19, 2015. A two-day celebration has a schedule, not yet announced. Check the Convention Days web site for details as they become available.

(2.) The 200th birthday of Elizabeth Cady Stanton during 2015. Save the date for an evening at Cooper Union in New York City on November 12, 2015 for a big birthday bash. See details. And then party yourself at home or in your own community. Be inspired by a virtual birthday party for Elizabeth Cady Stanton and then plan one yourself.

(3.) Places to visit in Seneca Falls, NY include the NPS Women’s Rights National Park, the National Women’s Hall of Fame, and other local attractions.

SuffrageWagonCafeRESOURCES: Plan a trip to Seneca Falls, NY. Take advantage of this seven-part audio series, “Trouble Brewing in Seneca Falls,” by Elizabeth Cady Stanton from her book, Eighty Years and More. The reading is by Librivox and the production by Suffrage Wagon News Channel.

“Trouble Brewing in Seneca Falls.” Podcast #1. Podcast #2. Podcast #3. Podcast #4. Podcast #5. Podcast #6. Podcast #7.

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Celebration of the anniversary of the Seneca Falls Convention of 1848! on Vimeo.

Musical Tribute to Suffrage Leader Elizabeth Cady Stanton during her 200th birthday celebration in 2015! on Vimeo.

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VIDEO: Make a great cup of coffee at Suffrage Wagon Cooking School!

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Now’s your chance to become a hit with coffee lovers. The Suffrage Wagon chef, Ted Cutting, walks us through making the same type of coffee you’ve come to expect at the Suffrage Wagon Cafe. The next cafe program on June 8, 2015 highlights a trip to Seneca Falls, NY, whether actual or virtual. Convention Days are coming up in July and Seneca Falls is expected to be a hot spot during the 2017 New York suffrage centennial celebration. Marguerite Kearns is your host on Suffrage Wagon Cafe.

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Suffrage Wagon Cafe special program with award-winning songwriter Eighty Bug!

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Welcome to the May 8, 2015 special program of Suffrage Wagon Cafe where we’re featuring Eighty Bug, her music production team, and the Heritage Museum of Orange County (California) for the music video “Spirit of 1776: A New Suffragette Anthem.” They were recipients of a first-place award from New Mexico Press Women at their annual conference and awards ceremony. A first-place award was for a video for a nonprofit web site, Suffrage Wagon News Channel, that has been publishing since 2009. Marguerite Kearns is the host of Suffrage Wagon Cafe.

NMPW judges said that the music video, “’Spirit of 1776’: A Suffragette Anthem” is “a high-quality, engaging video with a great story well done.” The music video “’Spirit of 1776’: A Suffragette Anthem” is available on YouTube.

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Eighty Bug, "Spirit of 1776" musicThe song “Spirit of 1776 by Eighty Bug is also available on itunes.

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The award-winning video of three and a half minutes highlights one version of the grassroots organizing that’s considered fundamental to American women campaigning for voting rights. This took from the 1848 women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls, NY to the 1920 ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. At that time, millions of women across the United States voted on November 2, 1920.

MUSIC VIDEO PRODUCTION TEAM ALSO IN LINE FOR HONORS

The creative team for the music video includes Eighty Bug (Production/Costumes), Edwin Carungay, Lesha Maria Rodriguez (Directors/Videographers),and Jon Lagda (Art Director). The video and song features The Suffragist Sisters, led by Eighty (Banjolele, Ukulele, Bass and Lead Vocals), famed violinist Lisa Lui (strings) Eighty’s younger sister Savannah (Backing Vocals), Ashli Lee Christoval, and Laura Guaico, The song was rounded out by Max McVetty (percussion), JRAT (guitar, mixing and mastering) with special thanks to Adam England, Jamie Sue Hiber, and The Heritage Museum of Orange County in Santa Ana, CA.

Awareness of women’s suffrage movement history is gathering steam as more suffrage centennial celebrations are scheduled throughout the nation, according to Eighty Bug. She points out that this year, 2015, is the 95th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It will be celebrated on August 26, 2015.

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HERITAGE MUSEUM OF ORANGE COUNTY PROVIDED SETS, ETC.

Because the Heritage Museum of Orange County was able to provide a set, a wagon, a blacksmith shop, and staff support, Eighty Bug took the project a step beyond just writing the song. She organized friends and family members to act and perform in the various scenes, film, and edit the performance into a polished production.

The “Spirit of 1776” wagon featured in the award-winning music video is a suffrage movement artifact now in the collection of the New York State Museum that was used by Edna Buckman Kearns. The horse-drawn wagon that inspired the music video is considered an icon of Votes for Women campaigning because of its 1776 taxation without representation message. This represents a call of patriotic protest and a return to the spirit of equality and freedom written into the Declaration of Independence. The music video highlights the tens of thousands of grassroots activists throughout the nation that it took to win voting rights for women over the period of 1848 to 1920.

INTERVIEW WITH EIGHTY BUG AND THE MUSIC VIDEO’S SIGNIFICANCE

“Patriotic protest was a significant theme during the 72-year Votes for Women campaigning,” Eighty Bug said. “I am thrilled to have been a part of this exciting project that features the rich creative talent that can be found in our community. What we are doing is especially relevant today. Women around the world are still struggling for equality, without the ability to vote, to own land, or to be free from tyrannical and oppressive situations.

“Even here in America, women get paid less and are often treated subserviently. It is something we must change. Hopefully this song will get people to sing along and create a spirit of equality that breaks old-school suppressions. Women and men of every color and background should be treated fairly. I’m hopeful but aware of the deep changes we must still make. Please pick up an instrument and sing along. The lyrics and the chords are on the YouTube page. I encourage others to make a video like this one supporting women’s equality worldwide.”

DESSERT RECIPES FROM EIGHTY BUG ALSO FEATURED

Suffrage Wagon Cooking School features the dessert recipes of Eighty Bug on Vimeo.

Suffrage Wagon Cooking School is a special feature of the suffrage wagon platform. The horse-drawn campaign wagon, the “Spirit of 1776,” will be exhibited at the New York State Museum in 2017 during the state’s centennial celebration of the win for women’s voting rights in 1917.

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Interview with Eighty Bug: Suffrage Wagon Cafe program on May 8, 2015

May 8, 2015: An interview with award-winning songwriter and performer Eighty Bug. Plus an extra feature when Eighty shares her dessert recipes with Suffrage Wagon Cooking School.

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Women’s suffrage movement news features Nellie Bly & more

Suffrage Movement News Notes from Suffrage Wagon on Vimeo.

April’s news notes are highlighted in this video that also promotes the next program at Suffrage Wagon Cafe: May 8, 2015. An interview and special feature with Eighty Bug, award-winning performer and songwriter who just won an award for “Spirit of 1776: A Suffragette Anthem.” What are you doing for August 26th, the 95th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution? A great time to plan a trip to the “Cradle” of the women’s rights movement in the U.S. –in the Finger Lakes region of New York State.

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Have you heard about the upcoming film, “10 Days in a Madhouse”? It’s due for release on September 25th. When I opened my browser to do a search, I almost fell off my chair to see Nellie Bly staring at me as a Google image. More.

Nellie Bly opened doors with her investigative reporting. And what better way to find out more than to stand in line for your ticket when the film opens this fall.

Nellie Bly

When Edna Kearns pounded on the doors of newspaper editors in NYC with her activist columns and suffrage news, her ability to find receptive ears was due, in part, to trailblazing Nellie Bly. The film “10 Days in a Madhouse” is getting attention at the Bentonville Film Festival. Great news! And check out the movie trailer and an audio reading from Nellie’s own writing! A special feature from Suffrage Wagon Cafe.

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COMING on MAY 8th: Interview and music by Eighty Bug, performer and songwriter at Suffrage Wagon Cafe

Eighty Bug awardVideo announcement. We’ll be featuring the award-winning performer and songwriter Eighty Bug at the next program of Suffrage Wagon Cafe on May 8, 2015.  What award? It’s for the music video, “Spirit of 1776: A New Suffragette Anthem.” And Eighty assembled quite a production team, plus an enormous boost from the Heritage Museum of Orange County in California. See the award, hot off the press from New Mexico Press Women.

Awards were also handed out to the major players of the production effort, including Edwin Carungay and Lesha Maria Rodrigues (music video directors), the Suffragist Sisters, Jon Lagda (art director), the Heritage Museum of Orange County, and many others. See the list of the entire production team on May 8th during the special program. Marguerite Kearns is your host at Suffrage Wagon Cafe, a special feature of Suffrage Wagon News Channel.

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Watch the video about Suffrage Wagon Cafe that will be featuring the awards for Suffrage Wagon News Channel in upcoming postings.

Suffrage Wagon News Channel, the recipient of an award from New Mexico Press Women, was honored at the organization’s annual conference and awards banquet on April 25, 2015 for personal opinion in its women’s suffrage storytelling series. Judges said that the perspectives on Suffrage Wagon News Channel are “an original and timely contribution in light of the upcoming 2016 campaigns. The importance of making history matter for the present are highlighted by this blog.” Suffrage Wagon highlights suffrage movement history and how the struggle for voting rights is connected to today.

NMPW is New Mexico’s largest inclusive media organization. The awareness of suffrage movement history is gathering steam as suffrage centennial celebrations approach. This subject takes on increased awareness in the 2016 election cycle, the 2017 centennial of women voting in New York State, and the votes for women national centennial in 2020 when American women will have been voting for 100 years. This year, 2015, is the 95th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in August.

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Expose on suffragist Isabella Beecher Hooker provokes interest

Suffrage Wagon CafeNever heard of Isabella Beecher Hooker? Don’t worry. Her story has just hit the mainstream with a new book by Susan Campbell. And Olivia Twine takes us back to the past for an overview. SuffrageCentennials.com recommends places to go during upcoming suffrage centennial events and celebrations. There’s the 2017 suffrage centennial observance in New York State. And of course, the votes for women centennial nationwide in 2020.  COMING SOON: Another special program on Suffrage Wagon Cafe. The “Spirit of 1776” music video is getting an award.

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Suffrage Wagon Bookshelf is featuring book on Isabella Beecher Hooker

Isabella Beecher Hooker book by Susan Campbell featured on Suffrage Wagon Bookshelf on Vimeo.

Suffrage Wagon Bookshelf is featuring Tempest-Tossed, The Spirit of Isabella Beecher Hooker (Wesleyan University Press, Middletown, CT, 2014). COMING SOON: Olivia Twine’s feature article on Susan Campbell’s book about Isabella Beecher Hooker has some surprising facts and insights about someone who devoted her life to social justice, and women’s rights in particular. The waves that Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony created has resulted in activists like Isabella Beecher Hooker to be crowded out of the spotlight. But the Susan Campbell book is changing this relative to Hooker. The SuffrageCentennials.com series with Olivia Twine’s posting starts soon. We’ll keep you posted.

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From Marguerite Kearns, anchor: Video, women’s suffrage history, news notes, and suffrage movement links

VIDEO: Marguerite Kearns features women’s suffrage news and features on voting rights blog on Vimeo.

For all those who avoid reading, this video is a quick overview of the Votes for Women news notes of the past few weeks on Suffrage Wagon News Channel. You’ll get the picture in only a few minutes and still have some attention left.

LINKS TO CHECK OUT: Suffrage Wagon Cafe. The “Spirit of 1776” campaign. Suffrage Wagon Cooking School. What suffrage activists like Edna Kearns were doing in 1915, one hundred years ago. VIDEO: How New York State will exhibit the “Spirit of 1776” suffrage wagon in 2017.

IN OTHER NEWS: From suffrage reporter Olivia Twine. Sojourner Truth’s favorite holiday, Pinkster, is celebrated in the Hudson Valley in May. Update on the campaign to put women on U.S. currency. You can participate in the Seneca Falls national park Selfie contest.


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Season 2 of “TURN: Washington’s Spies” has “Spirit of 1776” wagon wrinkle!

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ALERT: APRIL 8, 2015. A SPECIAL PROGRAM OF SUFFRAGE WAGON CAFE:

SECOND SEASON OF “TURN: WASHINGTON’S SPIES” LURES STORIES OF TORIES OUT OF THE CLOSET

The A&E television series, “TURN: Washington’s Spies,” opens its second season on April 13, 2015. The series in its first season introduced an awareness of the nation’s first spy ring to a broad audience. The spy ring, the Culper Ring, dates to 1778 and the war for independence. Its informants provided essential information to General George Washington and his army.

The spy ring was based, in part, on Long Island that English troops occupied when they held New York City. Long Island residents were significantly divided between loyalty to the colonists and loyalty to the British.

The drama of this A&E television series foreshadows what happened more than 100 years later in 1913 when women’s suffrage activists drove the horse-drawn wagon the “Spirit of 1776” into Huntington, NY on Long Island. They had no reason not to expect that local residents would greet them warmly. So they didn’t anticipate that a local resident might provoke a confrontation.

ON LONG ISLAND, THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION WASN’T OVER YET IN 1913

Many Long Island’s old families hadn’t forgotten the American Revolution by 1913 as well as the sympathies of their family members and ancestors toward the British king. Some descendants still carried resentments over the American Revolution’s outcome. And they weren’t hesitant to express themselves about their then controversial points of view.

Edna Kearns and other women’s suffrage activists left the Manhattan office of the New York State Woman Suffrage Association in early July 1913 and headed to Long Island for a month of Votes for Women organizing. They drove the
Spirit of 1776 suffrage campaign wagon. The name of the wagon and its alleged controversial origins lured descendants of former Tory sympathizers out of the closet to a confrontation with some descendants of Patriot sympathizers in Huntington, NY.

APRIL 8, 2015 PROGRAM AT SUFFRAGE WAGON CAFE WILL GIVE THE DETAILS OF THIS STORY OF LINGERING RESENTMENTS

The April 8, 2015 Suffrage Wagon Cafe program will give the details about Mary Livingston Jones, the well-known descendant of Long Island Tories, who was involved in this confrontation. Mrs. Jones also opposed the movement to extend voting rights to women, and she viewed the two issues as related. What makes this tale distinctive is that Mrs. Jones’ daughter, Rosalie Jones, was a well-known women’s rights activist associated with Long Island’s Votes for Women organizing campaign.

After the battle smoke cleared from the war for independence, most people conveniently forgot or dismissed their family members and ancestors’ sympathies with the English. Not so on Long Island. This fascinating story clearly demonstrates the repercussions.

The New York State Museum will exhibit the “Spirit of 1776” wagon in Albany, NY during New York’s suffrage centennial celebration in 2017. The “Spirit of 1776” wagon was used as a speakers’ platform for Votes for Women organizing, in suffrage parades in New York City and on Long Island, as well as for exhibits, rallies, and special events.

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Message from Dr. Helen Pankhurst on Day #4 of Suffrage Wagon Cafe’s opening festival!

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Hi, I’m Marguerite Kearns on our fourth and final day of the opening festivities for Suffrage Wagon Cafe. Today we’re delighted to showcase the message to American women voters from U.K. women’s rights activist Dr. Helen Pankhurst.

The casting of Meryl Streep to play English suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst in the “Suffragette” film has brought new attention to Pankhurst’s great-granddaughter. Dr. Pankhurst is also the granddaughter of Sylvia Pankhurst. The international release of the “Suffragette” film has been scheduled for October 2015.

Dr. Helen Pankhurst sends message to American women voters! Spirit of 1776 special from Suffrage Wagon Cafe  on Vimeo.

VIDEO SOUNDTRACK: “THE MARCH OF THE WOMEN” BY ELIZABETH JOHNSON

The video soundtrack features Elizabeth Johnson in a performance of “The March of the Women,” the anthem of the women’s suffrage movement in England. It was composed by Ethel Smyth in 1910 and became famous during the suffrage movement there. “The March of the Women” is still widely performed today.

The entire song by Elizabeth Johnson is available on the Suffrage Wagon audio channel (https://soundcloud.com/suffragewagon/march-of-the-women-sung-by-elizabeth-johnson-a-spirit-of-1776-special).

“SUFFRAGETTE” FILM BRINGS INCREASED ATTENTION TO VOTES FOR WOMEN

Dr. helen Pankhurst and her message to American women votersDr. Helen Pankhurst was recently featured in a photograph released on International Women’s Day in March 2015 showing her with the cast of the film “Suffragette.” This major motion picture from the U.K. stars Meryl Streep, Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Ben Whishaw, Brendan Gleeson, Romola Gerai, and others. It is the first film ever to be shot at the Houses of Parliament in London. “Suffragette,” the film, highlights the struggles of women’s rights activists during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

DR. HELEN PANKHURST’S MESSAGE

“Both in the United States and in the United Kingdom, women fought long and hard for the right to vote, and to be voted in as politicians,” Dr. Pankhurst told Suffrage Wagon News Channel. “They faced derision and both private and public violence before attitudes started to change.

“The campaign for equal suffrage continues both in our two countries and all over the world. It is needed everywhere. Either the right for equality hasn’t been won, or it has in theory. But obstacles remain that impede progress on representation in practice,” Dr. Pankhurst continued.

“If we want a better world, every one of us needs to vote for those that are closest to representing our view in local and national elections. For those who feel their views are not represented by the current options of political candidates, more –not less—political activism is the solution. By caring enough to be politically engaged, we honor both ourselves and previous generations who campaigned for our right to have a voice,” Dr. Pankhurst concluded.

Although our SWAN Day opening festival at Suffrage Wagon Cafe has come to an end, we remain persistent in our goal of inspiring, motivating, educating, and entertaining audiences about how we stand on strong shoulders. The suffragists were “there” for us. Let’s be “there” for them by voting and becoming leaders in the world today.

IN OTHER NEWS: New York City will celebrate Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s 200th birthday on Thursday, November 12th with an artistic interpretation of the Declaration of Sentiments by feminists, activists, and artists at the Historic Great Hall at Cooper Union in New York City. More details to be announced. Stay tuned for updates and a surprise announcement about the music video, the “Spirit of 1776” suffragette anthem starring Eighty Bug and the Suffragist Sisters. Suffrage Wagon Cafe will continue planning special programs and events.

Opening of Suffrage Wagon CafeWRAP UP OF THE SUFFRAGE WAGON CAFE OPENING FESTIVAL PROGRAMS:

Link to March 28, 2015 Program: Welcome from Marguerite Kearns, Suffrage Wagon Cafe host. The cafe menu. News about the “Spirit of 1776” wagon exhibit. Video feature about visiting Seneca Falls, NY, a destination and a pilgrimage.

Link to March 29, 2015 Program: New 2015 film, “10 Days in a Madhouse” highlights the contributions of Nellie Bly, an early press woman and investigative reporter. There’s a film trailer, an intro from Suffrage Wagon Cafe, and a selected reading from Nellie Bly’s writing.

Link to March 30, 2015 Program: Elizabeth Johnson sings “In Her Sphere,” vintage music from the suffrage movement. Song appears in suffrage songbooks and it was sung at rallies. Video highlights the anti-suffrage movement. And book by Susan Goodier, “No Votes for Women,” gives an overview of the anti-suffragists’ opposition.

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The opening celebration of Suffrage Wagon Cafe continues: March 30, 2015

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Hi, I’m Marguerite Kearns, host of Suffrage Wagon Cafe, back again on the third day of our four-day festival. This special program highlights the anti-suffrage movement. The suffrage movement is considered to have taken from 1848 to 1920, quite a struggle. And we can appreciate the accomplishment when examining what the women’s suffrage activists were up against.

The featured video’s soundtrack is “In Her Sphere” by Elizabeth Johnson. The entire song can be found in Suffrage Wagon’s Soundcloud collection. The playful tune that takes on the opposition to women voting was sung at rallies and included in women’s suffrage songbooks.

“The Anti-Suffrage Movement” video with soundtrack, “In Her Sphere,” program of Suffrage Wagon Cafe on Vimeo.

“No Votes for Women: The New York State Anti-Suffrage Movement,” a book by Susan Goodier from on Vimeo.

"No Votes for Women" by Susan Goodier

 SUFFRAGE WAGON BOOKSHELF:

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It’s difficult to believe today the extent to which votes for women were bitterly resisted, even more so than women’s education and employment. From 1848 to 1920, women challenged their traditional roles and second-class citizenship on a scale that raised the hackles of enough special and commercial interests that the entire process of winning the vote took 72 years. As we know, the struggle for equality continues.

I never thought seriously or deeply about those who opposed votes for women, or the anti-suffragists as they were also known. To me, they represented an obstacle to be overcome, more abstract than real. My perspective was not only disturbed but expanded after reading “No Votes for Women: The New York State Anti-Suffrage Movement” by Susan Goodier (University of Illinois Press). I ended up being surprised about how I couldn’t put the book down until I reached the end.

The reason for my interest in the anti-suffrage movement stems from my curiosity, not only about my grandmother Edna Kearns’ suffrage organizing in New York City and on Long Island, but also the context of the times in which she lived and worked. After reading “No Votes for Women,” Edna Kearns’ published reports of attending anti-suffrage meetings as an observer and reporter took on a different meaning for me. The work gave depth and texture to my grandmother’s life and her commitment to women’s rights.

And it also opened my eyes to the differences between New York State’s anti-suffrage supporters and those in the rest of the nation. Goodier gives an overview to the anti-suffrage movement and focuses on New York State. She introduces us to its leaders and advocates. All of this suggested a surprising way for me to view the victory of New York State women in their winning of the vote in 1917.

When New York celebrates its suffrage centennial in 2017, we want as much material available as possible. And the anti-suffrage movement is an important part of the tale. The 1915 suffrage referendum in New York was hotly contested. And Goodier points out that the anti-suffragists gave the suffrage activists a run for their money. Though not many people have picked up on New York’s centennial celebration this year, some recognition puts the 1917 victory in sharper focus.

Because New York’s anti-suffragists diverted their efforts toward support of World War I, this left a vacuum for suffrage organizers to succeed, Goodier points out. This and other insights and commentary provide the reader with a more complete picture of a democratic process with dramatic implications for the turn of the 20th century as well as today. I highly recommend this book.

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Video preview of Day #3 of Suffrage Wagon Cafe’s four day festival

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Reporter Nellie Bly goes undercover on Day #2 of the Suffrage Wagon Cafe’s grand opening festival

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With your host, Marguerite Kearns.

I’m back on this second day of the women’s history festival celebrating the opening of the Suffrage Wagon Cafe. This four-day festival started with my welcome greeting followed by the opening of the doors of the Suffrage Wagon Cafe. There was even a reminder that when you’re planning your next vacation, take a look at the video about visiting Seneca Falls, New York. It’s in the “Cradle” of the women’s rights movement in the United States. Some folks consider it a destination for travel, but for me and many others, it’s a pilgrimage that women’s suffrage movement fans take seriously.

NELLIE BLY: A TRAILBLAZING INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER

In this Suffrage Wagon Cafe feature, we’re focusing on Nellie Bly, one of America’s early investigative reporters. And there’s an upcoming film: “10 Days in a Madhouse.” Pull up a seat for two videos and an audio selection. The more I know about reporter Nellie Bly, the more I appreciate the shoulders on which my grandmother Edna Kearns stood when she covered and edited Votes for Women news for New York City metropolitan newspapers from 1910 to 1920.

Many people are aware of America’s early press women especially Nellie Bly and Margaret Fuller. Relatively few are aware of how suffrage activists were in this wave of America’s early press women. They made noteworthy contributions as editors, columnists, publicists, and reporters.

SPECIAL ON SUFFRAGE WAGON CAFE: The production team for the upcoming film, “10 Days in a Madhouse” estimates its release date to be late in September of 2015. 

Nellie Bly, America’s muckraker, press woman, investigative reporter, and her “10 Days in a Madhouse” on Vimeo.

10 Days in a Madhouse Trailer from TriCoast Studios on Vimeo.

AUDIO READING OF “10 DAYS IN A MADHOUSE”: This is a selected reading from Librivox. Nellie Bly’s writing about her undercover work is in the public domain. This edited selection is part of Suffrage Wagon’s audio collection on Soundcloud.

 

AN IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: The “Suffragette” film from the UK has released its international distribution date as October 2015.

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A message from Marguerite Kearns on Suffrage Wagon Cafe’s opening: March 28, 2015

A welcome from your Suffrage Wagon Cafe host, Marguerite Kearns.

Marguerite Kearns’ welcome message for Suffrage Wagon Cafe’s opening, the go-to place for women’s suffrage programs on Vimeo.

Suffrage Wagon Cafe is open. Welcome! This video highlights a special greeting from me, your host Marguerite Kearns. It’s important to note how Americans are making a connection today between their family histories and the larger sweep of American history. I’ve been telling everyone: “The result has been like a jolt of electricity that’s redefining our cultural identity. Dry accounts in history books aren’t enough anymore. We want our history alive and relevant.”

The Suffrage Wagon Cafe’s special campaign is called the “Spirit of 1776.” The goal is to restore the women’s suffrage movement to its proper place in American history. It’s about time this remarkable part of American history emerges from the shadows. I started out on this journey to find out about my suffragist grandmother, Edna Kearns, and I’m discovering so much more. Follow Suffrage Wagon Cafe on Suffrage Wagon News Channel.

Voting rights and how they were won continues to be a critical issue for our times. And because a woman may run for the U.S. presidency in 2016, the story of how women won the vote will be of increased interest. You can stay in touch with Twitter, Facebook, email and the quarterly newsletter. Follow the Suffrage Wagon.

The Suffrage Wagon Cafe is open. Join us for women’s suffrage history, events and issues! on Vimeo. We have menu items that have been prepared at the Suffrage Wagon Cooking School.

Seneca Falls, New York is a pilgrimage and a destination. Enjoy the highlights of visiting the national park at Seneca Falls, New York in this video feature. 

OTHER NEWS: Do you know that the “Spirit of 1776” suffrage campaign wagon will be exhibited at the New York State Museum in 2017, the state’s 2017 suffrage centennial observance? Video announcement.

Opening of Suffrage Wagon CafeStay current with the programs of Suffrage Wagon Cafe. Have fun with us at the Suffrage Wagon Cooking School.

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We’re spreading the word about upcoming women’s suffrage programs at Suffrage Wagon Cafe

Dear Friends, Instead of a long posting, we’re featuring the upcoming Suffrage Wagon Cafe programming during this four-day festival primarily in images. Starting Saturday, March 28th, here’s an overview of the special programs planned.

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The cafe opening is on SWAN Day during Women’s History Month.

Eighty Bug is performer and songwriterPerformer/songwriter Eighty Bug composed and performed in the award-winning video, the “Spirit of 1776: A Suffragette Anthem.” It’s available on the home page of Suffrage Wagon News Channel.

Dr. helen Pankhurst and her message to American women voters

This message to American women voters is especially timely as movie audiences in the U.S. await the release of the “Suffragette”film from the U.K. in 2015. Meryl Streep plays Emmeline Pankhurst, Dr. Pankhurst’s great grandmother.

Anti-Suffrage Movement video

There’s been considerable interest in the anti-suffrage movement in recent years, and this program on Suffrage Wagon Cafe features the original music of Elizabeth Johnson who performs “In Her Sphere.”

Nellie Bly

The special program on Nellie Bly, one of America’s early press women, has a surprise. Let’s meet at the Suffrage Wagon Cafe.

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IMPT announcement and Women’s History Month news notes!

News Notes for Women’s History Month: From Suffrage Wagon News Channel on Vimeo.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT in the Winter/Spring issue of the quarterly newsletter. Have you heard about the exhibition of the “Spirit of 1776” suffrage wagon in the upcoming New York State suffrage centennial celebration in 2017?

The Alice Paul Institute has celebrated its 30th year in suffrage movement advocacy and community service. The National Women’s History Project has a 35th anniversary party this coming weekend in Los Angeles, California. Suffrage Wagon Cafe opens this weekend, March 28th, on SWAN Day and continues for four days with special programming.

National Women's History Project

Alice Paul Institute

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Suffrage Video Mania for Women Voters, with Marguerite Kearns, host of Suffrage Wagon Cafe

VIDEO: Mark your calendar for special suffrage movement programs for women voters at the Suffrage Wagon Cafe! on Vimeo.

Suffrage Wagon Cafe will open on March 28, 2015 as part of the international celebration of women artists called SWAN Day (Support Women Artists Now Day). It’s an initiative underway to imagine and manifest what it’s like for women’s art and perspectives to be fully integrated into the life of the planet. The long-term goal of SWAN Day is to inspire communities to recognize and support women artists as a basic element of civic planning.

SUFFRAGE WAGON CAFE IS GO-TO PLACE FOR NEWS, VIEWS & CELEBRATIONS OF THE SUFFRAGE MOVEMENT

Suffrage Wagon Cafe is a platform of Suffrage Wagon News Channel that features lectures, music, film, conversation, and networking about the suffrage movement. Women’s History Month is a great time to subscribe.

SWAN Day is an annual event facilitated by WomenArts (www.womenarts.org) that’s scheduled for the last Saturday of Women’s History Month in March. The idea for SWAN Day grew out of a collaboration between Martha Richards of  WomenArts and Jan Lisa Huttner of Chicago’s WITASWAN (Women in the Audiences Supporting Women Artists Now).  For more information about SWAN Day events happening around the world, visit www.WomenArts.org/swan/.

WomenArts is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women artists have access to the resources they need for their creative work.  Its emphasis is on women in film, video, and theatre.  The WomenArts website provides free networking, advocacy, and funding information services to approximately 2,000 visitors a day.

OTHER VIDEOS ABOUT THE SUFFRAGE WAGON CAFE: Pass on the “Spirit of 1776” video. Follow Marguerite Kearns and the “Spirit of 1776” wagon. Grand opening of the Suffrage Wagon Cafe.

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Two videos about the Suffrage Wagon Cafe, plus news notes for Women’s History Month!

VIDEO: Meet me at the Suffrage Wagon Cafe for the Women’s History Month opening! on Vimeo.

The Suffrage Wagon Cafe is partnering with Suffrage Wagon Cooking School. Chef Cutting, our chef for the first series of cooking school recipes, gives us the Big Picture.

VIDEO: Suffrage Wagon Cafe & Suffrage Wagon Cooking School: Important announcement! on Vimeo.

NEWS WRAPUP: Video: Big birthday bash planned for Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s 200th birthday in 2015. New York State is moving forward to plan its 2017 suffrage centennial. The U.S. will have a national suffragist memorial only if we insist on it. Support the Turning Point Suffragist Memorial. Alice Paul Institute is 30 years old. The National Women’s History Project is having its 35th birthday party. The Suffrage Wagon video channel on Vimeo now has more than 100 suffrage videos. A digital library for the “Spirit of 1776” suffrage wagon is under construction. The concerns of a suffrage activist 100 years ago.
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Suffrage Wagon Cafe opens on March 28, 2015 during Women’s History Month

VIDEO: Suffrage Wagon Cafe: Grand Opening on SWAN Day on Vimeo.

A music video, the “Spirit of 1776: A Suffragette Anthem,” celebrates grassroots activism during Women’s History Month in March. The music video is one of the highlights of the opening of Suffrage Wagon Cafe on March 28th, SWAN Day, an international celebration honoring women artists. Suffrage Wagon Cafe is an online meet-up place dedicated to entertainment and education.

“Americans are making a connection today between their family histories and the larger sweep of American history. The result has been like a jolt of electricity that’s redefining our cultural identity,” Marguerite Kearns explained when speaking about her own suffrage activist grandmother, Edna Kearns, who organized in New York City and on Long Island from 1910 to 1920. “Dry accounts in history books aren’t enough anymore. We want our history alive and relevant.”

With the popularity of programs like “Finding Your Roots” (PBS) and ancestry web sites, a collective memory of women’s history is now possible. This includes the narrative of how one hundred years ago in 1915 women laid an important foundation for voting and civil rights movements in the 20th century.

The anticipated release of the major motion picture “Suffragette” from the UK with Meryl Streep in a starring role is expected to bring the English and American suffrage movements to the attention of a broader segment of the public when the film is released in the fall of 2015. Already there’s speculation about the possibility of an Oscar win for the production.

Women in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts conducted bold campaigns in 1915 that involved thousands of indoor and outdoor meetings, telephone campaigns, lobbying of public officials, parades, and high-profile public relations campaigns. Although none of the referendum initiatives were successful, the extraordinary effort opened the door to the eventual victory and the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution in 1920.

The music video, “The Spirit of 1776,” makes this precedent-setting grassroots organizing effort more accessible to millions of Americans. The “Spirit of 1776” music video to be highlighted at the Suffrage Wagon Cafe is available on YouTube (http://youtu.be/Aga11k5s0Bc).

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