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Dedication ceremony today in Huntington, NY for roadside historic marker!

The historic roadside marker in Huntington, New York (Long Island) became official today with a brief ceremony at Wall and Main Streets commemorating a 1913 event where the “Spirit of 1776” wagon used by suffragist Edna Kearns and others was part of a parade and suffrage rally.

The Long Island Woman Suffrage Association applied for and received funding for the roadside historic marker through the William G. Pomeroy Foundation. The foundation has installed hundreds of historic markers throughout the State of New York. According to Pomeroy officials, the suffrage history roadside markers have been especially popular.

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Mark your calendar for April 24, 2018 for “Spirit of 1776” dedication roadside marker

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 12:30 p.m. has been set for a dedication ceremony for a historic road marker in the downtown of Huntington, NY near Wall and Main Streets. The William G. Pomeroy Foundation has been responsible for funding hundreds of road markers throughout New York State.

The markers commemorating suffrage events and special locations has been popular, according to Pomeroy representatives. More information about the dedication ceremony is available through Antonia Petrash of the Long Island Woman Suffrage Association that applied for the road marker from the Pomeroy Foundation.

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Performance of Suffrage Songs on April 13th

“Forward into Light”

Mongerson Theatre at Springville Center for the arts, 37 North Buffalo St., Springville, NY. $15

Friday, April 13, at 7:30 pm

Featuring performers: Greg Artzner, Dan Duggan, Terry Leonino, Peggy Lynn, Annie Rosen, Bill Spence, Toby Stover, Susan Trump and George Wilson. Music on piano, guitar, bass, hammered dulcimer, harmonica and concertina.

A concert of New York State’s hidden history in a performance of authentic songs used to persuade, rally and celebrate as sung by women and men during the American women’s suffrage movement. Songs which range from humorous to poignant, from strident marches to hymns, and popular parlor songs. Through historical narrative and the songs we will tell the story of how American women won the right to vote in 1917 in New York, and 1920 in the nation. forwardintolight.oldsongs.org

Produced, directed and compiled by Andy Spence. An Old Songs Production. © 2016 Old Songs, Inc. For more information on tickets or the venue please contact Springville Center for the Arts at (716) 592-9038.

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“Perfect 36” Documentary on Suffrage

 “Perfect 36” is a full-length historical documentary about the dramatic last push in Tennessee for the passage of the 19th Amendment that granted women the right to vote. The underwriting is in place and all footage has been shot. But there’s a critical need of funds for the last push through editing to delivery. PBS producers rely solely on sponsors to fund production. This is where YOU come in!


“Perfect 36” depicts a pivotal moment of national significance that should never be forgotten  –WHAT HAPPENED WHEN THE RATIFICATION OF THE 19TH AMENDMENT CAME DOWN TO ONE STATE AND ONE VOTE. “Perfect 36” is in post production for release in March 2017 by way of American Public Television to PBS affiliates nationwide.

BY SPONSORING, YOU WILL BE A VITAL PART OF KEEPING THIS STORY ALIVE. Learn more about the story and see a trailer here.

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This entry was posted on September 17, 2016, in Events.

In 2020, let’s make Women’s Equality Day a national holiday!

Americans throughout the nation are joining the Women’s History Alliance in order to support Women’s Equality Day on August 26, 2020 being declared as a federal holiday.

Can we do this in four years? The planning for the 2020 suffrage centennial is already underway. This includes the 2020 Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative (WVCI) that is looking toward programs and events throughout the nation. The National Collaborative of Women’s History Sites (NCWHS) is working to establish a Votes for Women Heritage Trail. It is on board, as is the National Women’s History Project with its 2016 theme, “Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government” with a special 2016 Women’s Equality Day poster and a 2016 Women’s Equality Day PowerPoint presentation.

Sign up to become a state contact for the Women’s History Alliance by contacting Molly Murphy MacGregor at nwhp1980@gmail.com or
(707) 636-2888.

IN OTHER NEWS: A project to celebrate the 2017 women’s suffrage centennial in NYS. Dawn Scibilia, a filmmaker, is working on a documentary about political women in the twentieth century (1920, 1930, and 1940s). The crowd funding campaign to support “After the Vote” is about the many women who played influential political roles in twentieth-century New York City. Most Americans recognize the name of Eleanor Roosevelt but they may have little knowledge of the progressive public policies she advocated and helped achieve. Fewer still are aware of Frances Perkins, a key figure in achieving Social Security and the rights of labor unions. Hundreds of other women had similar policy goals and worked alongside Roosevelt and Perkins to win them. Contact: https://www.gofundme.com/Afterthevote

Convention Days are celebrated in July in Seneca Falls, New York each year. And while you’re in Seneca Falls, visit the women’s rights park.
Convention Days in Seneca Falls, NY

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Suffrage centennial planning is taking off in New York State

New York is getting ready for its 2017 suffrage centennial on Vimeo.

New York State is humming with women’s suffrage centennial planning activity. There’s the recent bill establishing a state suffrage centennial commission that’s now on its way to the NYS Assembly. New York City is buzzing with suffrage centennial planners active, organizations looking ahead, and citizens involved with their share of the action.

There’s considerable activity underway in NYC to celebrate the victories of the women’s suffrage movement across lines of race and class, with national landmarks (the Statue of Liberty, Fifth Avenue, Union Square) as a background for political theater and celebrations.

A fall gala in 2017 will honor NYC suffragists and feature their descendants. Sponsored by the Gotham Center for New York History, Suzanne Wasserman and Louise Bernikow are enthusiastic organizers. If you’re a descendant of a NYC suffragist, an invitation will be sent your way if you get in touch. Find out about the Suffrage Soapbox and a Facebook page, Votesforwomenny, for NYC suffrage centennial events and celebrations. Louise Bernikow (louisebernikow@gmail.com), 212-6626307, can be contacted for more information. Louise’s book, Milliners & Millionaires: New York City Women and the Fight for the Vote, will be published in 2017.

The New York State Museum will feature a special exhibit in 2017: “Votes for Women: Celebrating New York’s Suffrage Centennial” that’s scheduled to open in the fall of 2017. The state museum has acquired a series of 1917 Franklin County women’s suffrage petitions from Jean Kubaryk, a teacher at North Warren Central School District. The “Spirit of 1776” suffrage campaign wagon will also be on exhibit at the state museum in 2017. The state Council for the Humanities has held workshops about funding for 2017 centennial programming and taken an active role in planning for the centennial observance.

After a year and a half of work, the NYC Parks Commissioner has approved the Central Park women’s statue project proposed to honor Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. All the details, including the location, can be found on the website www.centralparkwherearethewomen.org. Next steps include the design phase and approval by the city Public Design Commission.

Women posterThe NYC Department of Records and Information Services (DORIS) is celebrating the state’s 2017 women’s suffrage centennial by launching activities and programs from 2015 to 2020 to bring attention to New York City’s under-recognized female activists of the past and present, as well as inspiring activism. DORIS is hosting an exhibition through June 30, 2015 entitled “Women Make History: A March Through the Archives” at 31 Chambers Street in New York City. Group tours are welcome. Contact visitorcenter@records.nyc.gov for more information. There’s an evening of music, performance, art, and oratory on November 12, 2015 honoring Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s 200th birthday at Cooper Union in NYC. Tickets will go on sale in the fall. Visit the NYC link at www.WomensActivism.NYC. Follow on Twitter and Facebook. Contact Tracy Penn Sweet – tsweet@records.nyc.gov for more information.

The Central Park suffrage statue activists will be shifting into a fundraising phase to pay all costs for the proposed statue and its endowment fund. Even though the Statue Fund is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization, fundraising is challenging. So Pam Elam, President of the Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Statue Fund, Inc., sends out the reminder: “A thanks, again, to everyone who has already endorsed the statue campaign and/or made a pledge/donation. Please help us spread the word and gain new endorsers and donors. Your help would be greatly appreciated.”

If you have specific plans for celebrations in 2017 and 2020, let us know and we’ll highlight upcoming events. We’re also gearing up for the 2020 Votes for Women national suffrage centennial. Follow Suffrage Centennials for trends, news, and views.

PLUS SUFFRAGE NEWS FROM UPSTATE NEW YORK:

On July 22, 2015, join historian and singer Tisha Dolton as she leads a discussion and sing-a-long of some of the songs that helped shape the 72-year struggle for the enfranchisement of women in the US. It’s part of the Adult Summer Reading program at Rensselaer (NY) Public Library. Tisha has a new Facebook page that highlights her activities and programs.

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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, plus 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 soon as the information is available.

Over the past year 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. Special projects are in the early stages of discussion and organization and people are spreading the word enough to stir plenty of interest. 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 the next step. Stay tuned!

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A new video about the suffrage centennial gifts we want under the holiday tree this year. . .

Check out the new video about the gifts we want under the tree this year.

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A VIDEO: “All I want for Christmas…” and Susan B. Anthony is watching Congress!

Votes for Women heritage trail

WARNING TO THE U.S. CONGRESS: It’s more than Susan B. Anthony watching you.

This video may have been produced during the 2013 holiday season, but the message is just as current in 2014. By watching the video it’s possible to refresh our collective memories about the proposed “Votes for Women” heritage trail in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. Link to our last posting about the U.S. Congress being unable to pull off even a simple reauthorization bill to send the “Votes for Women” trail bill on its way down the legislative pipeline. And then enjoy the video about how all we want for Christmas is a women’s trail. Follow SuffrageCentennials.com with email and Twitter.

 

What’s a suffrage centennial celebration without a “Votes for Women Trail”? Ask Santa!

This is the second year to ask Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus to perform a miracle and have them lean on members of Congress to pass the “Votes for Women Trail” that has been kicking around Congress for so long, it takes an improved memory to keep track of it. A women’s trail isn’t as expensive as starting and continuing a war overseas. There’s no cement block foundation to lay down, no roadway to build and maintain. The federal “Votes for Women” trail is a modest proposal and therefore embarrassing to show the rest of the world just how difficult it is to get the attention of lawmakers to throw a few crumbs in the direction of a trail and the national Votes for Women 2020 centennial celebration. Last year the dilemma was shared with readers of the New York History blog. Since then, very little has changed. Here are the links to the two-part article that provides the background:  Part I. Part II. The project is part of the reauthorization of a bill that includes a Votes for Women federal trail in upstate New York in what’s known as the “Cradle” of the women’s rights movement in the U.S. Follow the Trail project on SuffrageCentennials.com