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

Suffrage Centennials honors New York State’s 100 years of women voters in 2017 on Vimeo.

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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Women’s suffrage news is increasing in quantity and quality: Kenneth Florey feature

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Wyse Talk – Kenneth Florey: 5/19/2016 from Branford Community Television on Vimeo.

Scholar and collector of women’s suffrage materials Kenneth Florey discusses his published books and is generous when sharing his knowledge and love of the women’s suffrage movement. The above video from Vimeo is one such example. Check out Kenneth Florey’s website.

Highlights from Kenneth Florey’s book on suffrage movement postcards.

“American Woman Suffrage Postcards” by Kenneth Florey on Vimeo.

IN OTHER NEWS:

Suffrage activist Alice Paul used the title “Toward Equality” for her 1928 law school thesis. The volunteer task force planning the national 2020 centennial has chosen “Toward Equality” for its logo and campaign theme. The Minnesota History Center Museum is working on a suffrage exhibition to travel across the nation in 2020. The Lake George, NY Historical Association opened its exhibit on women’s suffrage in May of 2017. Increasing amounts of suffrage-related jewelry is now available on the market. Performances of suffrage songs from history are also popular. Performer Linda Allen from the state of Washington is one example.

The 2020 Women’s Vote Centennial has a listserv. An update on a federal bill to establish a 2020 suffrage centennials is being monitored. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) introduced the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission Act into the 115th Congress in April. The bill is co-sponsored by 15 of the 21 female senators; 14 of the 15 Democratic women co-sponsored (plus Republican Susan Collins of Maine).  The bill has been included in the FY 17 omnibus spending measure with a $2 million appropriation attached.  It must still pass the House and be signed by the president.

HISTORY OF NYS SUFFRAGE COMMISSION (Courtesy, Humanities New York!)

June 2015: Two bills establishing the commission (A01019A/S02388-A) passed unanimously by both the New York State Assembly and New York State Senate with the support from Senator Little and Assemblymember Gunther.

November 2015: Governor Cuomo signed the bills into law.
March 1, 2016: Governor Cuomo appointed Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul to the Commission and proclaimed March Women’s History month in New York.
August 22, 2016: the Commission held its first meeting at The M’Clintock House in Waterloo, NY where Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul was nominated Chair.
March 1, 2017: Commission met at Albany, NY to unveil the new website and outline plans for the year ahead.
June 2017: Meeting of Suffrage Commission in New York City.
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Suffrage centennials inspire cooks in the kitchen, plus event news notes!

The 2017 New York suffrage centennial is inspiring fans to cook up a storm!  on Vimeo.

It’s not only New Yorkers who are inspired by the 2017 state centennial to cook a special recipe during the centennial celebrations. Invite friends and family members over for an afternoon tea, a fundraiser, an outdoor picnic or dinner.

A PROGRAM ABOUT SUFFRAGE AND BICYCLES

The Clermont State Historic Site in the Hudson Valley of NYS will celebrate the centennial of women’s suffrage in New York State with “Woman on a Wheel,” a history ride program, on June 17, 2017. Kjirsten Gustavson will visit the site at 10 a.m. in her reproduction 1890s bicycle costume to talk about the impact of the bike on women’s social status in the years before the vote. After a short discussion, visitors will be invited to jump on their own bikes to join Gustavson on a five-mile trip on the site’s wooded trails. Lemonade and treats will be served at in the Visitors’ Center at the ride’s end. Call (518) 537-4240 to reserve a spot. The price is $5 per adult. Children under 12 are free. Children 14 years old and younger are required to wear a helmet.

WHAT THE SUFFRAGE ACTIVISTS FACED:

Oneida Public Library

Dr. Roxanna Pisiak, a professor of Humanities at Morrisville State College, will present a lecture on “The 19th-Century Upstate Response to Women’s Suffrage,” at Oneida Public Library on Thursday, June 8, at 7 p.m.

Based on her research into the 19th-century upstate New York press and the writings of the region’s leading politicians, clerics and intellectuals, Pisiak will highlight the hostility, ridicule and hurdles suffrage activists faced. Many of their adversaries were educated women shocked by calls for women’s equality with men.

The program is made possible by an Action Grant from Humanities New York as part of the Oneida Public Library’s observance of the state’s suffrage centennial. The program is free.

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New York State women’s suffrage educational video, plus centennial news notes!

Video produced by the State of New York to promote the state’s 2017 suffrage centennial.

NEWS NOTES: Tennessee has named a street for a suffrage activist. New York’s historic equal rights attractions are getting a marketing boost from the state. As part of its “I Love New York” program the State of New York is highlighting its 100th anniversary of women voting during 2017. The campaign started with its first video recently. The ad campaign is part of the state’s roughly $50 million a year ad campaign to promote tourism and business development.

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN NYS’s SUFFRAGE CENTENNIAL: VoteTilla is a week-long navigational celebration scheduled for along the Erie Canal from July 17 to 22, 2017. With five rented canal boats, the entourage will leave from Seneca Falls, NY and travel to Rochester where there will be a parade and celebration at the National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House.

The transformation of the 1844 Seneca Knitting Mill, Seneca Falls, NY, is a historic building located on a branch of the Erie Canal system. A fundraising campaign is underway to change it into a permanent home for the National Women’s Hall of Fame. The adaptive rehabilitation of the Mill will also preserve this historic structure and honor the laborers, primarily women, who worked in the mill until its closure in 1999.

IN OTHER NEWS:

In recognition of the Seneca people and their cultural and societal legacy in NYS—especially their impact and influence on the early suffrage activists—the Middlesex Heritage Group will host its 26th annual Seneca Heritage Day on Saturday, September 2, 2017 from 2 to 4 pm. The free event will take place on the grounds of the historic Overackers Corner​s​ Schoolhouse in Middlesex, NY. Ganondagan’s Peter Jemison and Ronnie Reitter will talk about women’s roles in the Iroquois Confederacy and their influence on early feminists. The afternoon program features performances by Seneca singers and social dancers in traditional regalia, as well as a children’s storyteller. Free ice cream will be served and pies will be available for purchase. Overackers Corners Schoolhouse is located on Route 364 and North Vine Valley Road. The Kitchen Theatre in Ithaca, NY (417 West State Street/MLK, Jr. Street) has produced “4 Plays 100 Years” for the 2017 state suffrage centennial.

LENDERS TO EXHIBIT AT NEW YORK STATE MUSEUM SUFFRAGE EXHIBIT OPENING NOVEMBER 4, 2017 IN ALBANY, NY

Albany Institute of History & Art
Bellevue Alumnae Center for Nursing History Archive
Binghamton University Libraries, Binghamton University,
State University of New York
Bryn Mawr College
Buffalo History Museum
Chautauqua County Historical Society, McClurg Museum
Clinton Historical Society
Coline Jenkins, Elizabeth Cady Stanton Family
Cortland Historical Society
Diana Mara Henry Photography
Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site, Val-Kill
Elizabeth Cady Stanton Trust
Elizabeth Meaders
FDR Presidential Library and Museum
Geneva Historical Society
Howland Stone Store Museum
Keene Valley Library
Kheel Center, Cornell University
League of Women Voters of New York State
Library of Congress
Marguerite Kearns
Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation
Ms. Magazine
Museum of the City of New York
National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House
New York Public Library
New York State Department of Labor
New York State Historical Association
New York State Parks, Lorenzo State Historic Site
Onondaga Historical Association
Pam Elam Collection
Rochester City Historian
Rochester Historical Society
Ronnie Lapinski Sax Collection
Seneca Falls Historical Society
Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College
University of Rochester
Women’s Rights National Historic Park

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Fundraising with 2020 in mind, plus more suffrage centennial events!

Inspiration for visiting Harriet Tubman’s home, plus other historic sites! on Vimeo.

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN NYS’s SUFFRAGE CENTENNIAL: VoteTilla is a week-long navigational celebration scheduled for along the Erie Canal from July 17-22, 2017. With five rented canal boats, the entourage will leave from Seneca Falls, NY and travel to Rochester, NY where there will be a parade and celebration at the National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House.

The transformation of the 1844 Seneca Knitting Mill in Seneca Falls, NY is underway. This historic building is located on a branch of the Erie Canal system. A fundraising campaign is underway to change it into a permanent home for the National Women’s Hall of Fame. The adaptive rehabilitation of the mill will strengthen public awareness of women’s history and preserve this historic structure and honor the laborers, primarily women, who worked in the mill until its closure in 1999.

IN OTHER NEWS:

The National Woman’s Party is entrusted with a historically valuable collection of women’s history artifacts, including the picket banners used 100 years ago that are seriously in need of repair for display at the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument in Washington, DC as well as public institutions across the country. An immediate priority for the 2020 suffrage centennial is the original “Failure is Impossible” banner, circa 1913-1917 that requires immediate conservation treatment. The Belmont-Paul national monument staff is halfway to its goal of $5,000 to begin the restoration process.

EVENTS IN JUNE: On June 17, 2017 the Shaker Museum in New Lebanon, NY will celebrate women’s rights with the exhibition “Break Every Yoke: Shakers, gender equality, and women’s suffrage.” The exhibition traces the evolution of Shaker gender relations from the earliest prophecies of Mother Lee to the struggles of Shakers in the fight for universal suffrage. The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with a free picnic on the lawn at the North Family. For information: (518) 794-9100 ext.220. Admission is free. Also on June 17, the Yates County History Center in Penn Yann, NY will open the exhibit “Political Postcards” at the L. Caroline Underwood Museum on June 17. Also explore the women’s suffrage exhibit “Hear Our One Voice.”

On June 18, the Captain David Crawford House of Newburgh, NY will feature the city’s suffrage activists at the Newburgh Historical Society. Newburgh was selected in 1895 to be the site of the Women’s Suffrage Convention. Admission is free for Newburgh Historical Society members.

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Suffrage centennial events + new women’s center at New York Historical Society!

“Spirit of 1776” women’s suffrage wagon displayed in New York State Capitol in 2010 on Vimeo.

The “Spirit of 1776” suffrage wagon is now at the New York State Museum in Albany—in the lobby to promote the November 4, 2017 opening of the museum’s women’s and suffrage history. New York women have been voting for the past 100 years. The wagon was on exhibit in 2010 in the museum lobby. This video highlighting the 2010 exhibit gives an idea of the tender loving care showered on the wagon by museum staff.

IN OTHER NEWS:

Humanities New York! has been playing a pivotal role in making sure that the 2017 state suffrage centennial is successful. The draft budget in Washington, DC calls for the elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities, a major source of funding for HNY. New York State is the second largest source of funding for HNY. A call to action has been issued with an online form designed to make your job easier when expressing support. Humanities New York! is responsible for some terrific work, funding, and advocacy for our growing constituency.

The new center for women’s history at the New York Historical Society is the first of its kind in the nation within the walls of a major museum. It features the stories of American women and is a hub for scholarship and education. Guided by a committee of historians and informed by research, the women’s center features permanent installations, temporary exhibitions, talks, and special programs.

The NYS League of Women Voters has released a suffrage resource kit promoting the organization’s upcoming anniversaries as well as ways to get involved in the 2017 state centennial observance.

“Adirondack Suffragists: 100 Years of Votes for Women” is an exhibit opening May 27 and running through October 9, 2017 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of New York State passing a women’s suffrage act into state law. New York women, including Inez Milholland from Essex County, played important roles in the movement. The Adirondack History Center Museum and the Essex County Historical Society in Elizabethtown, NY has scheduled the suffrage exhibit for the Anitra Pell Gallery. This event is sponsored in part by Humanities New York. For more information about the exhibit.

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