Suffrage Centennial News Notes during Women’s History Month

New York State Museum

The New York State Museum, Library and Archives has issued a call to the public to give input and suggestions concerning the upcoming state suffrage centennial in 2017. There’s also more interest than ever in the 2020 suffrage centennial when the nation’s women will have been voting for a century. The “Spirit of 1776” suffrage campaign wagon in the collection of the New York State Museum will be exhibited in 2017 at the state museum in Albany, NY.

NYC Municipal Archives

An exhibit through June 2015 at New York City’s Municipal Archives is a preview of what’s being planned for the state’s suffrage centennial in 2017 when New York’s women will have been voting for 100 years. New York City government has staff working on the 2017 suffrage centennial. Projects in New York include fundraising for a statue in New York City’s Central Park to honor Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

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A message from Dr. Helen Pankhurst to American women voters is part of the upcoming four-day festival and celebration of the Suffrage Wagon Cafe opening on March 28. The festival runs through March 31, 2015. Dr. Pankhurst is the granddaughter of Sylvia Pankhurst and the great granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst, important leaders of the suffrage movement in England. Interest in Emmeline Pankhurst is gathering steam because of the upcoming major motion picture from the U.K., “Suffragette,” expected to be released internationally in October 2015. Meryl Streep has been cast in the role of Emmeline Pankhurst.

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Places where women made history: 2020 suffrage centennial in sight!

Women's History Month 2015The National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites (NCWHS) is involved in developing a nationwide Woman Suffrage Trail to commemorate the national suffrage centennial in 2020. The Woman Suffrage Trail will highlight each state’s role in the suffrage movement and collect material that will be included in a national digital map. This will augment national trails that have already been developed, not only walking and driving trails, but also educational websites, exhibitions and women’s history publications.

Examples of women’s heritage trails

Places Where Women Made History http://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/pwwmh/

Arizona Women’s Heritage Trail http://www.womensheritagetrail.org/

Maryland Women’s Heritage Centerhttp://mdwomensheritagecenter.publishpath.com/heritage-trail

Florida Women’s Heritage Trailhttp://dos.myflorida.com/historical/preservation/heritage-trails/womens-heritage-trail/

New Jersey Women’s Heritage Trail http://www.state.nj.us/dep/hpo/WHTrail_Book.pdf

Augusta, Maine Women’s History Trail http://dll.umaine.edu/historytrail/

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Audio reading from 1915 book, “How it Feels to be the Husband of a Suffragette”: Suffrage Centennial Special!

Rory Michael O’Sullivan reads from the 1915 work, “How it Feels to be the Husband of a Suffragette” by George Him, a special of SuffrageCentennials.com.

The entire book in the public domain can be found online.

Husbands of suffrage activists had a high profile in 1915, even it involved a spoof on the men of the movement. Dating back to 1848, men were involved in Votes for Women advocacy. Frederick Douglass is a prime example, although Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s husband found excuses to be out of town during the Seneca Falls convention of 1848. A total of 32 men signed the Declaration of Sentiments. Men belonged to suffrage associations and they formed their own support organizations.

The Men’s League for Woman Suffrage dates back to 1910. And the membership rolls of the National Men’s League could boast of 20,000. Some state legislators could be counted on to submit legislation on the state and federal levels. And the work of many suffrage activists involved lobbying men to vote for various legislative proposals. The National Women’s History Project has a quiz called “Men who Supported Women’s Rights.”

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This entry was posted on March 16, 2015, in Blog.

Suffragist memorial fundraising is launched with 2020 suffrage centennial in sight!

VIDEO: Be on the Cutting Edge with your Support of the Suffragist Memorial! on Vimeo.

The Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Association is pleased to report that Sue Webb has stepped forward with the first $1,000 donation in the current campaign to raise money for the suffragist memorial that’s expected to be completed and operational on or before the U.S. 2020 suffrage centennial celebration. A second $1,000 contribution by Sue Webb is on behalf of her daughter, Abbe Saunders Fabry.

While American families are planning trips to visit the monuments to George Washington or Martin Luther King, many of us scrambling to make certain that a memorial to honor those suffrage activists is supported and funded. All of us are needed to make this dream a reality!

The Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Association’s campaign, “A ‘Grand’ Thank You…Memorialize the Suffragists,” hopes to raise the $1 million dollars needed to begin Phase 1 of the voting rights memorial. The cost of the memorial’s completion will be close to $7 million. The garden-style national memorial will be located near the former Occoquan Workhouse in Lorton, Va., where in 1917, dozens of suffragists were imprisoned. They endured beatings, force-feedings and dreadful conditions for “obstructing the sidewalk” as they stood silently in protest at the gates of the White House. The memorial design has been donated by Robert E. Beach Architects. The land and future memorial maintenance will be in the hands of NOVA Parks, the regional park authority.

If 1,000 people each donate $1,000, the current goal of $1 million, one phase of the total fundraising, will be realized by the fall of 2015. Volunteers interested in stepping forward to help raising this money are encouraged to send an email to: admin@suffragistmemorial.org.

Our thanks to Gerri Gribi for permission to use part of her original music for the video soundtrack supporting the suffragist memorial. Check out Gerri’s web page of other musical offerings from women’s history at creativefolk.com

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“Suffragette” film special photo, plus Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s 200th birthday bash!

VIDEO: Big birthday bash planned for the 200th birthday of Elizabeth Cady Stanton in 2015 on Vimeo.

It’s International Women’s Day, and for this special occasion the stars of the “Suffragette” film from the UK took advantage of the occasion to release a photo with them posing with suffrage descendants Helen Pankhurst and Laura Pankhurst, the great and great-great granddaughters respectively of Emmeline Pankhurst. Meryl Streep will play Mrs. Pankhurst in this major motion picture due for release in September 2015.

The UK may be head and shoulders ahead of the United States in terms of public awareness about the suffrage movement. But on the American shores the momentum is picking up. This is clear in the plans underway to celebrate the 200th birthday of Elizabeth Cady Stanton in 2015. Although all the details have yet to be announced, there’s plenty already in the public domain. The Elizabeth Cady Stanton Hometown Association in Johnstown, NY, for example, has a busy schedule of special events during 2015. And the Women’s Rights National Historic Park in Seneca Falls, NY has rolled out the red carpet during March 2015, Women’s History Month. All of these events and celebrations are laying a rich and textured base for upcoming suffrage centennials on the local and state levels during the time leading up to the 2020 suffrage centennial.

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The march to New York State’s 2017 suffrage centennial is official!

NYS Council on the Humanities

It’s official. The New York State Council on the Humanities is kicking up its heels as the conversation’s initiated and planning for the 2017 state centennial’s ongoing. “Women’s Time and Place” New York State and Women’s Suffrage, 1917-2017″ is a panel discussion featuring Carol Faulkner, Allison Parker, and Allison Dunne on Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at The Linda, WAMC, 330 Central Avenue in Albany, NY.

The event’s a partnership between the NYS Council on the Humanities and WAMC public radio (underwritten by Bolton St. Johns). After the party there’s “A Comedic Celebration of Women’s Suffrage” at the Lark Tavern, 453 Madison Avenue in Albany, NY, hosted by The Reductress satirical magazine. No reservations required. This is great news to announce during Women’s History Month.

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Alice Paul Institute is 30 years old: Celebrate during Women’s History Month

VIDEO: Alice Paul Institute is having a birthday bash! on Vimeo.

Alice Paul Institute is celebrating its 30th year on March 19, 2015 by presenting the annual Alice Paul Equality Awards to its “Founding Mothers,” the organization’s eleven original board members. The birth of what’s now known as the Alice Paul Institute dates back to a small group of South Jersey NOW- Alice Paul Chapter members who were inspired by the Equal Rights Amendment. Their first task was to raise funds to purchase Alice Paul’s papers at auction, followed by the group’s incorporation as the Alice Paul Centennial Foundation. Then came the daunting task of raising the funds to purchase and save Paulsdale, Alice Paul’s childhood home. All of this happened and now after 30 years, the Alice Paul Institute is an established suffrage history-friendly organization with its tenacles in local, state, national and international issues and projects. The Alice Paul Equality Awards event will be held from 6-9 p.m. on March 19th at the Westin Mount Laurel, 555 Fellowship Road, Mount Laurel, NJ.

IN OTHER NEWS: March 28, 2015 is the grand opening of Suffrage Wagon Cafe.

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New York’s gearing up for its 2017 suffrage centennial in 2015! Celebrate Women’s History Month!

VIDEO: 2015 is New York State’s suffrage centennial year! on Vimeo.

The stirrings in New York State to plan for the celebration of its 2017 suffrage centennial coincides with a recognition that 100 years ago the state was alive and cooking with organizing on the state level. The 1915 Votes for Women referendum didn’t result in a state victory for New York, but the groundwork was laid for 1917 when New York became a suffrage state. In 1915 three other states conducted spirited referendum campaigns: New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts. More to come on the 1915 referendum campaigns.

The New York State Council for the Humanities will hold a grants and programs workshop on March 11, 2015, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at VENUE Cultural Education Center (First floor Members Lounge) to discuss program and grants opportunities for the 2017 state suffrage centennial. The event is cosponsored by the Greater Hudson Heritage Network and the New York State Archives. On March 9, 2015 the New York Council on the Humanities will have a presence on Lobbying Day at the NYS Legislature with a “Suffrage Soapbox” with speeches by W.E.B. DuBois, Alva Vanderbilt Belmont, and Leonora O’Reilly. Volunteers are being solicited to play these parts.

The City of New York has staff in place that has initiated 2017 suffrage centennial planning. There’s a project underway to establish a statue in Central Park honoring Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. And the New York State Cultural Heritage Tourism Network is working on a web platform to promote the 2017 suffrage celebration. NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo mentioned the state’s rich suffrage history in his 2015 inaugural speech.

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Suffrage Centennials stand on the shoulders of The National Women’s History Project

The National Women’s History Project celebrates its 35th birthday! on Vimeo.

Scratch the surface of women’s history in the United States and you’ll discover the National Women’s History Project. If you’re planning an event for your school or organization, it’s likely that the National Women’s History Project has books, posters, or other resources available for you at its online store.

No one can speak about women’s history without finding their journey leading to the Santa Rosa, California organization started by women’s history activists Molly Murphy MacGregor, Mary Ruthsdotter, Maria Cuevas, Paula Hammett, and Bette Morgan. They led a coalition that successfully lobbied the U.S. Congress to designate March as Women’s History Month. The NWHP is known throughout the nation as a clearinghouse that provides essential information and training in multicultural women’s history for educators, community organizations, parents or anyone interested in expanding their understanding of women contributions to U.S. history.

On March 28, 2015 the National Women’s History Project will celebrate its 35th anniversary at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles, CA from 2 to 5 p.m. The program will recognize the women’s history honorees in attendance that include Darlene Clark Hine, Polly Welts Kaufman, Holly Near, Vicki Ruiz, Lynn Sherr, and Judy Yung. The $75 tickets are available through the National Women’s History Project web site. Special rates for out-of-town guests are available at the Los Angeles/North Glendale Hilton, 100 West Glenoaks Boulevard, Glendale, CA 91202 (818)956-5466.

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Special coverage during March, Women’s History Month!

March is Women’s History Month on Vimeo.
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