Centennial event planning can benefit from specialty programming!

2014 suffrage centennial celebrations for Montana and Nevada.

“The Yellow Wallpaper” can add an extra dimension to suffrage centennial celebrations!

A one-hour stage adaptation of “The Yellow Wallpaper” brings to audiences a profoundly influential short story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman played by Michèle LaRue. This candidate for programming during suffrage celebrations and centennials provides modern audiences with a real feeling for what it was like for many women before the turn of the 20th century. Gilman’s tale continues to chill readers today, dazzling feminists and historians, mystery and horror story enthusiasts alike, with its wit, suspense, and superlative style. This faithful dramatization, directed by Warren Kliewer, is fully staged and performed in period costume. Atmospheric lighting and Victorian music evoke the period and conjure up the ever-changing yellow wallpaper. The production is most effective in a small theatre with a sound system and versatile lighting. Two more-simply staged and less-expensive versions are also available.

The Yellow Wallpaper runs one hour, plus an optional post-performance talk back. The Yellow Wallpaper has been popular with college and university Women’s/Gender Studies programs. It is recommended, as well, for high school students. This extraordinary story and performance can stimulate discussions about imagination vs. science, the place of women in society and marriage, and more. A study guide is also available. Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” was published in 1891 in New England Magazine. For more information: Michèle LaRue, 201-863-6436, mlrprods@aol.com, http://michelelarue.com

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Podcast #1 from “Trouble Brewing in Seneca Falls”

July is the month to remember the 1848 Women’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, New York. Follow the audio podcast series of “Trouble in Seneca Falls” with Elizabeth Cady Stanton. She lays out the story from when she moved to Senena Falls through the convention days and after. An easy way to learn history. Selections from “Eighty Years and More.” Audio by Librivox.

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The story of how suffrage activists crashed the 1876 centennial on July 4th!

1876 National CentennialThere are some treasures in the national storytelling archives of our nation, and one of them is about how suffrage activists crashed the national centennial celebration in Philadelphia on July 4th in 1876. Check out the story in an audio file. It’s quite amazing.

Last year on July 1st the “Spirit of 1776″ suffrage campaign wagon celebrated the centennial of its first journey on the road in 1913 with Edna Kearns, Serena Kearns, and Irene Davison. There’s an effort underway to get the old wagon out on the road again in 2017, and we’d like you to be involved. Just send an email to: suffragewagon at gmail.com and you’ll be brought up to date on how you can help. You can subscribe to Suffrage Wagon NewsChannel for regular campaign updates.


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Reflections about the upcoming 2017 New York suffrage centennial

The dreaming comes first and then the planning for New York State’s 2017 suffrage centennial. Authors Teri Gay and Antonia Petrash speculate why this centennial is important and some of the ways in which it might be celebrated.

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Video about how activists marched from NYC to Albany, NY 100 years ago…

One hundred years ago Rosalie Jones and a determined band of suffrage activists marched from New York City to Albany, NY, the state capitol. This video highlights another example of the ways to which these women (and men) put themselves on the line for freedom. SPECIAL VIDEO: Short feature about Rosalie Jones with images from her career. Jones led a “hike” from New York to Washington, DC in 1913 to join the big suffrage parade there.

She also led a 1912 hike” to Albany and traveled with activist Elisabeth Freeman in a horse-drawn wagon trip to Ohio to campaign for the cause there.

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