Votes for Women exhibition catalog available!

Votes for Women, an exhibition catalog (available from Amazon and other retailers), celebrates the pivotal role New York State played in the struggle for equal rights in the nineteenth century, the campaign for New York State suffrage, and the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment. The exhibition of the same name, on display at the New York State Museum starting November 4, 2017 through May of 2018, features artifacts from the New York State Museum, Library, and Archives, as well as historical institutions and private collections across the state.

The authors include Jennifer A. Lemak, Chief Curator of History at the New York State Museum. She is the author of Southern Life, Northern City: The History of Albany’s Rapp Road Community and (with Robert Weible and Aaron Noble) An Irrepressible Conflict: The Empire State in the Civil War, both also published by SUNY Press. Ashley Hopkins-Benton is a senior historian and curator at the New York State Museum and the author of Breathing Life Into Stone: The Sculpture of Henry DiSpirito.

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November 2017 suffrage festivities and focus in New York State

 

The New York Women’s Vote Centennial Project is a partnership on the NYS governor and lt. governor and the American Federation of Teachers and First Book celebrating the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York on November 6, 2017. The competition invites teachers to develop classroom projects and activities to mark the suffrage centennial. Fifteen winners will be chosen.

Projects may focus on women’s history, civic engagement, the democratic process, equal rights, or a related topic. Educators and students are encouraged to explore the question: 100 years from now, when future generations look back, what will our equal rights legacy be?  Projects for any grade, K-12, will be considered. October 11, 2017 is the application deadline.

The New York State Women’s Suffrage Commission, chaired by Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, is organizing programs to commemorate women’s suffrage between 2017, To learn more, visit www.ny.gov/suffrage.

STATE SUFFRAGE CONFERENCE ON NOVEMBER 4, 2017

The New York Women’s Suffrage Centennial Conference, celebrating the centennial of women’s suffrage in New York State, will be held on Saturday, November 4 at the Archives Partnership Trust headquarters located at the Cultural Education Center, 222 Madison Avenue, Empire State Plaza in Albany.

The celebration continues after the conference when the League of Women Voters of New York State Education Foundation and the New York State Archives host an opening reception of Votes for Women: Celebrating New York’s Suffrage Centennial. Votes for Women is an exhibition organized by the New York State Museum to commemorate the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote in New York State. For more information on the evening reception and for tickets, click here.

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Events and observances associated with suffrage centennials!

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SUFFRAGE CONFERENCE EVENT ON NOV. 4, 2017 PROMOTES CULTURAL HERITAGE TOURISM

Saturday, November 4, 2017 is a conference sponsored by the New York State Archives Partnership Trust at the Cultural Education Center, 222 Madison Avenue, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY. For information: 518-465-4162. It’s good news that suffrage centennial observances and celebrations will attract visitors to gatherings like this one.

A LONG-OVERDUE INITIATION, SAYS PAM ELAM

Pam Elam, president of the initiative to build a women’s suffrage statue in Central Park in NYC, says no one can expect that one statue will meet all the needs and desires of so many people who have been waiting so long for it. “Our statue project represents a long-overdue beginning. The timing is right as we get ready to celebrate the national woman suffrage centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment and the 200th anniversary of the birth of Susan B. Anthony, both in 2020. We hope that our effort will encourage others around the country and around the world to honor the women who inspire them in whatever ways they feel appropriate. Together, let’s make people aware of a history that fully, fairly, and finally includes the vast and varied roles women have played in it.”

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Who and what is causing the waves over women’s suffrage centennial events?

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THE WOMEN’S VOTE CENTENNIAL (WVCI)

The Women’s Vote Centennial (WVCI) is an on-the-ground initiative of those across the nation determined that the 2020 centennial of American women voting isn’t lost in the swamp of current events. Hosted by the NWP (the National Woman’s Party) in Washington, DC, the effort is driven by love and determination to make sure the centennial doesn’t come and go in a whimper. The initiative encourages local, state, and national recognition of this extraordinary grassroots campaign that started long before the 1848 Seneca Falls Convention that became a turning point in the struggle continuing to today. Follow the national organizing effort for 2020.

To volunteer, find out about programs and activities, visit the NWP web site.

If you have a project or event celebrating women’s initiatives, let us know. 

THE WOMEN’S STATUE FUND FOR CENTRAL PARK IN NYC

The Statue Fund for Central Park is breaking the bronze ceiling to create the first statue of real women in the 164-year history of NYC’s Central Park, the Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Woman Suffrage Movement Monument, according to Pam Elam, president of the initiative. “For me this project is all about rethinking the past and reshaping the future. You may well wonder how we can do that with one statue. And the answer is that it’s not just about one statue of two figures with the names of many others incorporated in the design—it’s about a movement.

“It’s about the largest nonviolent revolution in the history of this nation when over half the population was enfranchised. It’s an instant history lesson. It’s an examination of how social change comes about. It’s learning from the past to do a better job of fighting for equality and justice in the future. It’s challenging municipalities all across this nation and this world to honor all the people who made those cities great by including tributes to women and people of color in their public spaces. But most of all, it’s about completing the journeys toward justice of the valiant women who came before us and achieving the full equality for women that they were denied. It’s about the incredible power of moving history forward.”

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Suffrage centennial events link food with women’s rights programming!

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Suffrage Wagon Cooking School promotes vintage voting rights cookbooks with fundraisers, programs, and special celebrations. It’s fun. It’s authentic. And something we’re finding more often as the long struggle to win voting rights. Stop by the cooking school. Find out about demonstrations and tips.

OTHER SUFFRAGE NEWS:Beyond Suffrage: A Century of Women in New York Politics” opens October 11, 2017 at the Museum of the City of New York. 

Massachusetts has a suffrage centennial web site.

Women will Vote is one book due to be published in September 2017 from Cornell University Press that puts the suffrage organizing to win the vote in perspective. This has been difficult because the struggle took decades and encompassed many different organizations, strategies and tactics.

Hundreds of voting organizations and activists of many types worked for the same goal of voting rights for women. No one individual or organization stood for the varied tactics and goals of what many considered an impossible task of uniting American women under one banner of Votes for Women. There were tens of thousands of grassroots activists. While one organization may have made decisions to support one platform, dozens of other organizations chose other positions and strategies to reach the same goal.

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More programs about women’s rights during 2017!

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EqualiTEA on August 26, 2017, 2-4 p.m. in Lorton, VA. Turning Point Suffragist Memorial.

“HEAR THEM ROAR:   THE FIGHT FOR WOMEN’S RIGHTS” is a devised & environmental theatre performance directed by Nan Smithner. Program in Educational Theatre. LOCATION: Black Box Theatre. ADMISSION: $15 General, $5 Students & Seniors. For tickets, contact New York University box office. ONLINE: tickets.nyu.edu. BY PHONE: 212-998-4941. IN PERSON: 566 LaGuardia Place (at Washington Square South). Performances: Friday, October 20 at 8 pm Saturday, October 21 at 8 pm Sunday, October 22 at 3 pm Thursday, October 26 at 8 pm Friday, October 27 at 8 pm Saturday, October 28 at 8 pm Sunday, October 29 at 3 pm.

Genesee Country Village & Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Road, Mumford, will host a women’s suffrage centennial luncheon at 11 a.m. Sept. 23. Sally Roesch Wagner will present “The Rest of the Story of the Suffrage Movement,” a dialogue about the issues of equality raised by the country’s suffrage foremothers. The luncheon will feature rebel soup and salmagundi served with suffrage salad dressing, from suffragette cookbooks published from 1886-1920 to raise money for the cause. The museum will offer activities that highlight equality efforts made by women during the 19th century.Cost is $40-$45 and includes admission to the museum. To purchase tickets, visit bit.ly/2uYxItW.

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August 26th special events to celebrate Women’s Equality Day!

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The National Woman’s Party and the National Park Service will hold an open house from 9 to 5 on Women’s Equality Day, August 26, for a special exhibit of the NWP’s collection in the Florence Bayard Hilles Feminist Library at the Washington DC location. Take a special tour and enjoy the programming with a park ranger that includes a historic interpreter of Lucy Burns and a special conversation. More programs to be announced!

The Tennessee Woman Suffrage Monument Board and friends will gather on August 26, 2017 at the suffrage monument in Centennial Park at 9:15 a.m.in Nashville, TN from the front of the Parthenon on a short walk to the monument. The march begins at 9:30 a.m. and the program for 10-10:45. Some will dress in 1920s attire.

An exhibit at the New York State Fair (August 23-Sept. 4) celebrating the 2017 state suffrage centennial will be open throughout the fair at the Empire Expo Center (Syracuse, NY) in the Art & Home Center. The exhibit will feature the traveling panels of the New York State Museum’s upcoming exhibit, “Votes For Women: Celebrating New York’s Suffrage Centennial,” along with panels profiling leaders of the suffrage movement. I LOVE NEW YORK and Path Through History will provide a map highlighting 13 destinations around the state for further exploration of women’s rights. The exhibit will also display replicas of key suffrage movement documents as well as the Susan B. Anthony House’s 2020 Quilt, a collaborative textile art project celebrating the suffrage centennial.

 

On Women’s Day, Aug. 30, 2017 Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul will keynote the annual Women’s Day luncheon in the Empire Room. A reservation is required for the luncheon and seating is limited so registering as soon as possible is recommended. The cost is $20 which covers the luncheon, admission to the Fair, and parking. Call 315-487-7711 ext. 1265 for more information. The New York State Women’s Suffrage Commission, chaired by Lieutenant Governor Hochul, will meet in the exhibit room in the afternoon. An information fair linking women to important resources will take place at the Chevy Court Pavilion that day.

 

The Fair’s special day parade at 6 p.m. Aug. 30 will be led by reenactors portraying Susan B. Anthony and Matilda J. Gage. They will be joined by members of Girl Scout troops from around the state. The state fair is offering free admission to any Girl Scout and troop leader for Women’s Day. Troop leaders in the NYPENN Pathways Council can call 1-800-943-4414 ext. 2093 to receive tickets. Leaders of other troops in New York State should contact the Fair’s Public Relations Office at 315-487-7711 ext. 1377. The Girl Scouts patch celebrating the suffrage centennial will be on display in the suffrage centennial xxhibit.

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A Call to Action about the 2020 suffrage centennial—Gazette from NWHP published!

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“How Women Won the Vote” is the theme of the National Women’s History Project’s “Gazette,” a 24-page special issue. It includes a valuable “Call to Action” to alert citizens from coast to coast to get ready for the 2020 national suffrage centennial. A single copy is free. A total of 25 copies can be purchased for $10 from the NWHP store online.

The National Women’s History Project’s 2017 special edition devoted to the women’s suffrage grassroots movement is a pivotal and groundbreaking marker in time alerting Americans to write women back into history. This has been the vision of the NWHP for the past 35 years.

The “Call to Action” editorial doesn’t mention the debates that will inevitably surface with the passage of time on the national level. The focus instead is on recognizing the significance of this dramatic social movement and rally individuals and organizations to recognize our history for what it is—all of it. There is a great deal to acknowledge. The Gazette editorial reads in part:

“The Women’s Suffrage Centennial honors this specific part of American history. We encourage celebrations to keep the focus on the women who won the vote and not leave them behind in discussions of contemporary history. The anniversary is not the time for such general approaches as ‘women in America’ or ‘women in protest.’ Rather, it should mark the start of many shows, exhibits, discussions and art on the historic and spiritual importance of multicultural suffragists…”

To keep a 2020 national suffrage commission focused on history rather than politics will be a challenge. Some political operatives are already turning the 2020 national centennial into an ideological battleground with the appointment of those who will serve on the commission. It wasn’t long ago that most Americans didn’t understand the meaning of or they couldn’t pronounce the word “suffrage.” Even fewer were aware of what it meant. This is changing.

Don’t forget that the “How Women Won the Vote” issue is available for bulk distribution through the National Women’s History Project’s store. Prior issues of the NWHP’s publication have been popular among educators and organizations.

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Suffrage Centennial News Notes 2017

GET INVOLVED WITH “PROTECTING THE LEGACY”

“Protecting the Legacy” is a state-wide effort in Tennessee to digitize oral histories, photographs, documents, and other memorabilia on African American women’s political activity, voting history and suffrage. The project is organized by Chick History, a women’s history nonprofit, in partnership with Humanities Tennessee and a diverse set of committees and partners across Tennessee – as part of a statewide project to commemorate the upcoming centennial of the passage and ratification of the 19th Amendment in 2020.

The history project is looking for stories, photographs, letters, and family history about African-American women and activism as well as stories and experiences of early African-American women voters, 1930 and earlier. For more information about participating, please visit www.protect.chickhistory.org or email: info@chickhistory.com. The project will continue over the next two years.

OUTREACH FROM THE OFFICE OF STATE HISTORY IN NEW YORK

News and information relevant to the history profession in New York State, including new digital and public history projects, events, scholarship, as well as reflections and suggestions on teaching and writing, reviews of (new and old) historically-oriented movies, TV shows, and books. To contribute, contact the Office of State History via email at: statehistory@nysed.gov with a short pitch.

THE 19TH AMENDMENT TO THE U.S. CONSTITUTION —CELEBRATE ON AUGUST 26TH

The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States of by any State on account of sex. On August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment was added to the U.S. Constitution, and women in America finally gained the legal right to vote.

For 97 years, women and men across the county have recognized this special observance. Rep. Bella Abzug (D-NY), had the U.S. Congress designate August 26 as “Women’s Equality Day” in 1971 to commemorate the 1920 certification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.

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Roadside markers are an important part of 2017 suffrage centennial!

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Roadside markers are being erected throughout New York State as part of the Pomeroy Foundation’s funding program. The most recent was to honor Helen Hinsdale Rich placed in front of the Richville (NY) Public Library. Nineteen historic markers in 12 counties, were established in July 2017 to commemorate women gaining the right to vote in New York State. Richville historian Lila Youngs says Helen Hinsdale Rich, and her husband Moses, raised their family in Richville, where Helen became well-known as a poet, and first took her stand for women’s suffrage. She studied at St. Lawrence University before traveling around the country writing and speaking in favor of women’s rights. She was a member of the National Woman’s Suffrage Committee in the 1890s.

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