VoteTilla Schedule for 2017 NYS suffrage centennial!

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VoteTilla Schedule

Thursday—July 20, 2017

  • 10am—VoteTilla departs Fairport, NY
  • 11:35—Arrive Pittsford (Landing address is 24 State Street (Library), 14534)
  • 12noon-2pm—Scholars Luncheon with Tamar Carroll, Christine Kray, and Hinda Mandell: Nasty Women and Bad Hombres: Historicizing the 2016 Presidential Election, Pittsford Library, *ticketed event . 
  • 3:30 AKWAABA Reenactment: 
“A Time in the Life of FrederickDouglass, Shields Green, and A Woman Called ‘Moses’”
  • 4:00-5:00 VoteTilla Reenactors Programming  “A union in fact, a union in spirit”; Location: Gazebo 5:00-7:00pm—Smugtown Stompers (Gazebo)

Historic Pittsford programming takes place throughout the afternoon and evening, including children’s programming, book signings, and voter registration.

Friday—July 21, 2017

  • 9am—Depart Pittsford
  • 9:55am—Exit Lock E32
  • 10:40am—Exit Lock E33
  • 11:35am—Arrive at Genesee River Junction
  • 11:45 – 12:00 Airplane flyover with banner “VOTES FOR WOMEN”
  • 1:30pm—Arrive Corn Hill Landing
  • (Landing address 288 Exchange Blvd. Rochester, NY 14608)
  • 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m. – Guided tours of “Because of Women Like Her…Winning the Vote in New York State,” Woman Suffrage Centennial Exhibition, Harold Hacker Hall, Rundel Memorial Building, Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County, 115 South Ave. Tours leave from the brick courtyard next to West Edge Restaurant’s patio, Corn Hill Landing.
  • 1:30 p.m. Corn Hill Greets the Fleet – VoteTilla concludes its weeklong navigational celebration of women’s voices and votes when it arrives in Rochester, Corn Hill Landing. Music by Coreopia; welcoming remarks by Kathy Hodges, First Vice Regent, Irondequoit Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, City Historian Christine Ridarsky, and Corn Hill Historian JimDeVinney.
  • 2:00-3:00pm— VoteTilla Reenactors Programming;  Location: Corn Hill Landing
  • 3:00 AKWAABA Reenactment:
 “Cargo. . . No Loss or Damage”
  • 4:00pm— Telos Trio at Corn Hill Landing Site\
  • 5:00–10:00pm– City of Rochester ROC Women’s Music Fest, Concert at Parcel 5, Musical acts Meshell Ndegeocello, MC Lyte, Joan Osborne, Mikaela Davis, and Teagan and the Tweeds will take the stage;  food trucks on site.
  • Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the event or through com

Friday’s Featured Scholar: Victoria Wolcott
 Click here for Scholars’ Bios

Saturday—July 22, 2017

  • 10:30amBecause of Women Like Her Parade: The “Last Mile” of the route to the National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House will be celebrated with a parade.  [Registration required for groups or individuals marching—Registration closes Midnight, July 10] 11:15—Suffragist City Celebration “Pass by and get on with the work”
  • Food truck(s) on site
  • 12:30 pm Stool Ball in the Park Genesee Country Village Women’s Baseball Team
  • 1:00pm in SBAH&M Carriage House: World premier of Election Day 2016– A collaborative short documentary film by Rochester Documentary Filmmakers Group
  • 2:00–2:30 pm: Blanch Stuart Scott reenactor Judy Stiles will present a 15-minute program, followed by Q&A.
  • 2:30–3:00 pm in SBAH&M Carriage House: Presentation and book signing with Julie Cummins, author of Tomboy of the Air: Daredevil Pilot Blanche Stuart Scott;Women Explorers; and Women Daredevils.
  • 3:00 pm in SBAH&M Carriage House: Documentary screening “Election Day 2016” – A collaborative short documentary film by Rochester Documentary Filmmakers Group
  • 3:00-5:00 pm Forward into Light,Old Songs folk-theater performance which tells the story of American and NYS women’s suffrage in song and narrative. Under the big tent in park, reserved seat $20 (Photos, Videos, and Press Release here!) Purchase tickets here.

Sunday—July 23, 2017

  • 10:00 am—An Equal Right to Act: Remembering the Rochester Woman’s Right Convention of 1848. First Unitarian Church,  220 Winton Rd., Rochester

12 – 4 p.m. AAUW Suffrage Centennial Picnic, Perkins Mansion, 494 East Ave. Fried chicken, salads, cakes, and pie. Music and costumed historical reenactors, including Susan B. Anthony, Harriet Tubman, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Frederick Douglass. All are welcome! Share stories of family suffragists and ring the Remembrance Bell in honor of their legacy. Tour the mansion and view a display of suffrage memorabilia, including buttons, newspaper articles, photos, books on the history of suffrage, and a suffrage cartoon collections. Tickets available at http://perkinsmansion.brownpapertickets.com/. $10 adults, $5 children, $5 tours.

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Events for your calendar in Peterboro, NY: Through September 2017

The Peterboro Bloomer Brigade will host an In the Kitchen Tea on Saturday, September 23, 2017 honoring Elizabeth Smith Miller and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. The Deli on the Green will prepare a menu inspired by Miller’s 1875 cookbook. The Ballots, Bloomers and Marmalade Weekend September 22-24, 2017, will focus on Elizabeth Smith Miller, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Angelina Grimké:

On the evening of Friday, September 22, 2017  the Oneida Public Library Players will present a readers theatre production of Off Base: The Great Peterboro Baseball Story, a play written by Tom Murray about the first recorded history of women playing baseball.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23: PROGRAMS and ACTIVITIES

  • Morning Marmalade Refreshments hosted by the Peterboro United Methodist Church
  • Ballots, Bloomers and Marmalade: The Life of Elizabeth Smith Miller; author Norman K. Dann PhD
  • Bloomers, The Reform Costume; Jody Luce, the Tailor of Peterboro
  • Bloomer Girls: Women Baseball Players; Debra A. Shattuck, Provost Witherspoon College, Rapid City SD
  • In the Kitchen Tea; Deli on Green with Miller’s 1875 cookbook inspired menu. Bloomer Brigade hosts.
  • Cousins of Reform: Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Gerrit Smith; Norman K. Dann PhD, Peterboro NY
  • Elizabeth Cady Returns to Peterboro; reenacted by Melinda Grube PhD
  • Elizabeth and Anne Millers’ Suffrage Scrapbooks at Library of Congress, Rosemary Plakas, retired LOC
  • Monumental Women
  • Bloomers for the ‘80s
  • March on Washington 1-21-17
  • Suffrage Supper; Deli on Green with menu by Miller’s 1875 cookbook. Smithfield Youth Suffragists
  • Suffrage Song; Peggy Lynne, “The First Lady of Adirondack Music”

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24:

  • Tour of Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark with Norman K. Dann
  • Parity Breakfast
  • Abolition Movement Spawns Women’s Right Movement, Suzanne B. Spring PhD, Colgate University,
  • Launch Lunch: Library Partners Commence CommUNITY Read of INVENTION of WINGS, Betsy Kennedy, ED Cazenovia Public Library, and Carolyn Gerakopolous, Retired ED Oneida Public Library,
  • Angelina Grimké: Abolition and Women’s Rights Advocate
  • Angelina Grimké Weld and Peterboro Connections
  • Making History! Sally Roesch Wagner PhD, Matilda Joslyn Gage Home, Fayetteville NY
  • Making History Action

During the National Abolition Hall of Fame commemoration of the 2016 inductees to the Hall of Fame, a program on Angelina Grimké will be presented during the Abolition Symposia the afternoon of Saturday, October 21, 2017. On Sunday, October 22, to culminate the CommUnity Read on the Invention of Wings, Louise Knight, a researcher on Angelina and Sarah Grimké, will answer audience questions and discuss her upcoming 2018 biography on the Grimké sisters.

The Gerrit Smith Estate National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum (5304 Oxbow Road, Peterboro NY 13134) has exterior exhibits open all year that include information on Smith’s support of women’s rights. The National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum (5255 Pleasant Valley Road, Peterboro NY 13134) has a ten-panel exhibit of women’s rights, and banners for women inducted into the Hall of Fame. For updates and information: www.PeterboroNY.org and 315-280-8828

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Planning an outing in July? Seneca Falls, NY is the place to go!

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Mark your calendar for Friday, July 14, 2017 from 5:30 to 9:30 pm at the New York Chiropractic College in Seneca Falls, NY. Tickets are $60 each. For reservations, call (315) 568- 5838 or stop by The Seneca Falls It’s a Wonderful Life Museum, 32 Fall St., Seneca Falls. For more information, call (315) 568-5838.

The celebration on July 14 is part of the NYS suffrage centennial, launched with a Thanksgiving Dinner Gala entitled “A Fine Agitation” followed by the premiere of a one-woman play about Dr. Mary Walker, the only American woman to receive the Medal of Honor. The dinner, being served at at the New York Chiropractic College, will be based on a 1916 Thanksgiving menu from The Hoag House, precursor to The Gould Hotel.

The gala will also commemorate the Centennial of the first woman elected to Congress, Jeanette Rankin from Montana. All women currently serving in Congress will be recognized as well as the 50th anniversary of Another Mother for Peace. Born in Oswego, New York, Dr. Mary Walker was one of the earliest women in the United States to earn a medical degree. When the Civil War broke out in 1861, she volunteered to work on the battlefields caring for the wounded. Denied a commission as a medical officer because she was a woman, she volunteered and was eventually appointed assistant surgeon. Captured in 1864, she spent four months as a prisoner of war in a Richmond prison. Dr. Walker lectured throughout the United States and abroad on women’s rights, equality, dress reform, health and temperance issues. She rejected corsets and hoop-skirted dresses, preferring to wear men’s trousers, jackets and a top hat.She was arrested in New York City for impersonating a man. Dr. Mary Walker was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls in 2000.

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Planning and preparation with 2020 suffrage centennial in mind!

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In honor of the August 26th 2020 U.S. centennial celebration, the National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites (NCWHS) is developing a nationwide Votes for Women Trail that will highlight the role of each state in the 72-year campaign to win votes for women. Will you join?

The trail will feature the buildings, sites, historical markers, and monuments where woman suffrage activity took place in the United States before August 26, 1920. The goal is to create a national trail dedicated to documenting the story of woman suffrage, but it’s necessary to start on the local level.

Tennessee played a crucial role in the battle for woman suffrage and deserves to be well represented on this national map. Please help. The NCWHS is looking for: buildings, monuments, historical markers, gravesites, historic sites, anti-suffrage sites and events. The coordinating editor of the Votes for Women Trail reviews all submissions and will make the determination if a site should be included.

OTHER NEWS NOTES:

HarperCollins will publish a nonfiction book by Ann Patchett about women’s voting rights to honor the 2020 centennial. The book Vote will bring together suffrage history, Patchett’s personal experience registering voters, and advocacy about the importance of voting. Patchett lives in Nashville where she owns the bookstore, Parnassus Books.

PBS’ American Experience is developing a four-hour documentary for 2020. This opens up an opportunity for us to approach local or state PBS stations about preparing related documentaries about suffrage history.

 The Minnesota Historical Society is preparing a major exhibit on the American suffrage movement for 2020. The exhibit will first be housed in St. Paul MN at the Minnesota History Center and then will tour. Contact your city or state historical society or museum and ask them to host the MHS suffrage exhibit or develop one with local or state content. Museums in Kentucky, Arkansas, Boston, Washington, DC, Cincinnati, California, Washington state, and others are already laying the foundations for 2020.

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New play “Seneca Falls” opening in July during 2017 suffrage centennial!

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U.S. states with women’s suffrage centennial celebrations! on Vimeo.

The Open Eye Theater in Margaretville, Delaware County, New York will celebrate the suffrage centennial in NYS with a musical, Seneca Falls, to debut on July 20th. The play addresses women’s rights and abolition of slavery through the eyes of a journalist, John Tanner (Ward Stevenson), and his cub reporter, William Pelham Wright (Cedric Taylor), known as Will.

Performances are July 20 to 30, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7 pm; Sundays at 3 pm. Tickets: (845) 586-1660, or e-mail openeye@catskill.net. The Open Eye Theatre is located at 960 Main Street, Margaretville, NY.

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