BIG VOTE TODAY: Proposed bill to establish a NYS 2017 suffrage centennial commission!

2017 Suffrage CentennialAt 3 p.m. EST today, May 27, 2015, it’s possible to find out what NYS Senate representatives are saying about the proposed bill to establish a 2017 state suffrage centennial planning commission. It’s Senate bill 2388. If you haven’t made your voice heard, now’s the time to contact your representative. The NYS legislative session is close to an end. Use the Twitter hashtag, #NY4suffrage, for updates today and your comments!

YOU CAN TAKE ACTION BY CONTACTING YOUR STATE SENATOR, STAYING IN TOUCH WITH #NY4SUFFRAGE TWITTER HASHTAG, AND WATCHING NYS SENATE VIDEO OF PROCEEDINGS AT 3 P.M. EST!

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Many things Elizabeth Cady Stanton related during her 200th birthday year!

November 2015 birthday for StantonThe Elizabeth Cady Stanton Hometown Association is the go-to place for events and celebrations in upstate New  York during the year of the 200th birthday of Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Listing of events in Fulton and Montgomery Counties. The Elizabeth Cady Stanton Women’s Consortium has a terrific web site to visit. The Elizabeth Cady Stanton Women’s Symposium was first held in Johnstown, NY to continue the work of that city’s most-famous daughter. An outcome of the 2006 Symposium was the creation of the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Women’s Consortium.

It’s time to “remember the ladies” in Central Park, NYC. Plans are moving forward with the Central Park statue project that will honor Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton with the 2020 suffrage centennial observance in mind. The approval of NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver enables The Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Statue Fund, Inc. to accept pledges and contributions for the design and creation of the statue as well as for organizing, outreach, and media efforts. Because of the pro bono assistance of Morrison Foerster, the Statue Fund has been granted tax-exempt status under section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code. Contributions to the Fund are tax-deductible.

And don’t forget the November 2015 birthday bash in New York City at Cooper Union!

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Film about Suffrage Movement Reporter Nellie Bly at Cannes Film Festival today!

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10 days in a Madhouse at Cannes Film Festival

Nellie Bly was on the scene to cover the suffrage parade in Washington, DC in 1913. And because of her trailblazing work, suffrage activists took advantage of the growth of newspapers to get their messages out to the public. Women’s history is getting plenty of attention in 2015. Watch for the Nellie Bly film, “10 Days in a Madhouse,” scheduled for release in late September 2015. The release of the “Suffragette” from the UK is set for October 2015. Follow Nellie Bly film news updates. Facebook.

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Broader conversation about public history includes centennial observances!

100 Years ago“Challenging the Exclusive Past”: A 2016 conference call. CALL FOR PAPERS for the 2016 annual meeting of the National Council on Public History and the Society for History in the Federal Government, Baltimore, Maryland, March 16-19, 2016. Formal preservation and interpretation of the past began as a movement to celebrate great men and elite spaces. Slowly, and with difficulty, this is becoming a more democratic and inclusive effort that will hopefully include women and upcoming centennial celebrations. Public History Commons asserts that public historians have an important role to play in the ongoing work to expand national, state, local, and global narratives.

What are the most effective and engaging means for expanding interpretive practices and professional spaces in order to promote full inclusion of previously marginalized peoples and places? To what extent have new, more democratic and engaged public history practices changed museum collections and exhibits, preservation practice, law, and public commemoration? And what happens when formerly disenfranchised members of the public assert their right to tell their own histories? These questions address the fundamental meanings of public history and citizenship. As 2016 will mark the centennial of the National Park Service and fifty years of the National Historic Preservation Act, public historians and others are invited to Baltimore and explore the promise, the successes, and the challenges of developing a more inclusive public history landscape in the twenty-first century. http://publichistorycommons.org/2016-conference-call/

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Suffrage movement photographs help prepare us for the centennial of all suffrage centennials: 2020

Women’s Suffrage Movement Photographs from the Library of Congress enrich Suffrage Centennial Celebrations on Vimeo.

Okay, let’s say you’re open to the idea of celebrating suffrage centennials and you might even plan travel in the future. But what’s a good place to start? By checking in with the suffrage activists themselves, on the streets and in parades and at rallies and special events. They were a creative group. This is a conclusion that comes after getting to know these activists who put themselves on the line from 1848 to 1920. And as we all know, the struggle for equality continues.

If you’d been around to ask some suffrage activists why they focused only on the ballot, a puzzled expression would have spread over their faces. They’d explain that equality has always been the goal and the franchise turned out to be such a hard nut to crack, it took several generations of women to put it out of the way. The woman’s suffrage photo collection at the Library of Congress is fascinating and this is by no means the entire collection. Consider it a beginning or a refresher. And keep your eye on the prize: suffrage movement events and celebrations from now through 2020, the nation’s big celebration, the centennial of all centennials.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Link for Library of Congress photo and prints collection. Terrific suffrage collections and educational programs are available from “American Memory,” under Women’s History, including: An American Time Capsule: Three Centuries of Broadsides and Other Printed Ephemera; Words and Deeds in American History: Selected Documents Celebrating the Manuscript Division’s First 100 Years; Votes for Women: Selections from the National American Woman Suffrage Association Collection, 1848-1921; Miller NAWSA Suffrage Scrapbooks, 1897-1911; and American Women: A Gateway to Library of Congress Resources for the Study of Women’s History and Culture in the United States.

Thanks for this information roundup to Robert P.J. Cooney Jr., historian and author of “Winning the Vote: The Triumph of the American Woman Suffrage Movement” an illustrated reference book that can inspire your pilgrimage or journey to historic sites, suffrage events and centennial celebrations.

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