Holiday gift idea: New book on suffrage martyr Inez Milholland!

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2015 Wish List for Suffrage Centennials

2015 wish list for Suffrage CentennialsKeep these visions in mind during 2015: a funded NYS commission for the 2017 and 2020 suffrage centennials; a national suffragist memorial in Lorton, VA; and a Central park statue of real women in New York City’s Central Park.

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New Yorkers move suffrage celebration plans forward for 2017

SuffrageCentennialsLOGONew York State has two national parks now in the Finger Lakes region, what many people refer to as the “Cradle” of the women’s rights movement in the United States. The news concerning recent Congressional approval and funding of the Harriet Tubman national park gives a huge boost to everyone interested in the upcoming New York State suffrage centennial celebration in 2017, as well as the national suffrage centennial in 2020.

New York City has made a huge leap already in terms of preparing for the state’s 2017 suffrage centennial. Tracy Penn Sweet is the program director for the Women’s Suffrage Centennial in New York City. Her job is to develop a five-year plan to prepare for the 2020 national suffrage centennial. There’s also planning activity in the Rochester, NY area, many busy activists in New York City, Long Island and around the state, as well as a 2017 statewide conference in the the final stages of organization. We’ll let you know as the information becomes available.

Various historic coalitions and ad hoc citizen groups in New York State have been discussing the possibilities inherent in preparing for such important future observances over the past year. Special projects are in the early stages of discussion and organization and people are spreading the word enough to start stir plenty of interest and inspire action. The committee supporting the statue proposed for Central Park statue in NYC of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony just set up its web site. And there’s more to come from organizations large and small on the local, state, and national levels.

Will the State of New York weigh in on any of this? It’s hard to tell. The best possible case would include state funding, promotion and support services for upcoming suffrage centennials because of the economic development and tourism potential. There’s considerable support on the grassroots for early planning and preparation. Over the next few weeks we’ll follow up with more about national initiatives in support of the 2020 centennial observance of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. There’s activity on the national level in support of 2020, including plans to complete a national suffrage memorial in Lorton, Virginia, 2020 ceremonies in Philadelphia, support groups and special interest coalitions and communications that are visualizing what’s possible and then taking next steps. Stay tuned!

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Book on suffrage martyr Inez Milholland is a great gift idea in preparation for 2016 suffrage centennial observance of her death

Remembering Inez is new book featured on SuffrageCentennials.comSo many people have seen the image of suffrage activist Inez Milholland on her white horse leading the March 1913 suffrage parade in Washington, DC that it has almost become a cliche. Well, this may be an exaggeration because a large segment of the U.S. population has never heard of Milholland. So it will be some time before the dramatic image of this well-publicized activist will become old hat.

You’ll be doing your part by getting prepared for the 2016 centennial observance of Milholland’s death by purchasing Remembering Inez: The Last Campaign of Inez Milholland, Suffrage Martyr by Robert P.J. Cooney, Jr. The 2020 suffrage centennial will hopefully feature America’s suffrage martyr prominently. Remembering Inez is an enormous step in the right direction in terms of presenting images associated with Milholland’s life and times that haven’t been in general circulation before this. With this work, we’re treated us to the little-known perspectives of those who worked with and loved this extraordinary activist in this offering by American Graphic Press. And that makes it a candidate for a special gift this holiday season.

A great deal was written about Inez Milholland in the newspapers of her time. The appeal of Milholland’s attraction (mind and body) is complex and many insights can be gained by reading the excellent biography of Milholland by Linda J. Lumsden. In fact, these two books together will bring a broad smile to the face of the suff buffs in your family and circle of friends. The Cooney book highlights impressive photography of the period and what Milholland’s contemporaries had to say about her. In every instance it’s a remembering with thoughtful and profound feeling. And we’re treated to some of Milholland’s own words about the movement and what the activists were up against in their uphill campaign to win the franchise.

Robert P.J. Cooney, Jr.  is the author of Winning the Vote: The Triumph of the American Woman Suffrage Movement , a classic work that details the many campaigns involved with winning votes for women before 1920. Winning the Vote was produced in conjunction with the National Women’s History Project. It’s a basic reference book worth owning, loaded with images that will keep you fascinated from page one to the end, and it’s a hefty tome indeed that anyone interested in the suffrage movement shouldn’t be without. If you order through the National Women’s History Project, you’ll be supporting a terrific organization in its 35th year in 2015, and occasionally there’s a worthwhile discount not available from other retailers. Cooney started the Woman Suffrage Media Project in 1993 and he created and co-edited The Power of the People: Active Nonviolence in the United States.

Remembering Inez is an essential and important work to add to any suffrage movement library. Order the book now at the specially dedicated web site: RememberingInez.com And follow SuffrageCentennials.com with email and Twitter for news and views about upcoming suffrage centennial celebrations.

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NEWS BREAK: The proposed Harriet Tubman national park might fit on Santa’s sleigh this year!

News Break for Suffrage CentennialsVIDEO: You’ve come to the right place to get the video update about how the U.S. Congress has a good chance of passing the proposed legislation creating and funding a Harriet Tubman National Park. The Tubman park and the national women’s history museum are tacked onto a defense authorization bill that has a lot of other projects that would probably otherwise not pass Congress. Sad that worthy projects can’t be addressed on their own merit. This leaves the “Votes for Women” trail in upstate New York hanging. Here’s hoping the park will be up and ready for the New York State suffrage centennial in 2017 and the national suffrage centennial in 2020. Follow SuffrageCentennials.com

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Suffrage centennial archive highlights what’s happening and what’s to come!

You can’t say that you didn’t have time or an opportunity to plan a suffrage centennial event. SuffrageCentennials.com has been storing past articles in an archive for future reference. Check it out. You’ll be able to catch up with the news for 2014 that you may not have seen. Are you up to date on the proposed statue of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton in NYC’s Central Park? How about Iceland’s 22015 suffrage centennial in 2015? The 2014 state centennial celebrations in Montana and Nevada? The national online discussion about the 2020 suffrage centennial, the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution? The first annual observance of the Night of Terror by Turning Point Suffragist Memorial. And much more. How about coverage of how Bernice Ende rode her horse on a long journey delivering the news of the suffrage movement to communities far and wide this past summer? Subscribe to SuffrageCentennials.com for news and updates. Send us news of your plans and events.

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