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FIND OUT ABOUT—August retreat in Rochester, NY and 2020 Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative. Plus new light on Edna Kearns’ suffrage archive!

For more information about the August 23-26, 2018 women’s conference in Rochester, NY, contact Sharon Nelson at Sharoninelson@aol.com

SUFFRAGE MOVEMENT PRIMARY DOCUMENTS ON GRASSROOTS LEVEL LIMITED

As the 2020 suffrage centennial approaches, there are an increasing number of excellent books being published that shed more light than ever on the history of first wave women’s rights activism and the numerous attempts to make the most of what’s out there.

One example is “Women Will Vote” (2017, Cornell University Press) by Susan Goodier and Karen Pastorello that delves into the loose association of organizations and individuals that collectively and separately contributed to New York women winning the vote in 1917, a turning point in the national movement.”

“Aside from suffrage leaders, very few workers left detailed records of their activities behind,” the authors noted in their text (p. 174, hardbound edition). This suggests that archival Votes for Women collections like the one assembled by Edna Kearns are especially valuable from the perspective of the organizer or field representative on the ground.

A WEB SITE DEVOTED TO EVENTS AND 2020 SUFFRAGE ACTIVITIES!

Make sure you are linked to the 2020 Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative’s (WVCI) website, 2020centennial.org, that serves as an organizing and information-sharing entity for programs, projects, and activities commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and a way to stimulate dialogue to address the ongoing initiative for women’s rights.

WVCI is a collaborative network of women centered institutions, organizations, and individuals from across the US. The cooperative effort is to ensure that the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment is honored throughout the United States in ways that: 1) include the influence and stories of the various components of the suffrage movement in ways that reflect the accuracy of the historical record; 2) recognize the legal and social advances resulting from the 19th Amendment; 3) acknowledge the inadequacies of the Amendment’s implementation; 4) describe its continuing relevance to the ongoing struggle for equal rights; 5) encourage involvement in large and small activities at all levels by diverse public, nonprofit, and private organizations and individuals. For more information and resources about the 2020 Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative, visit 2020centennial.org.

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Think about fresh produce & activism! Plus suffrage centennial news!

Women Voters: Remember that Food and Activism go together!  on Vimeo.

Suffrage movement cookbooks were an important way of combining food preparation with activism. Suffrage Wagon Cooking School has been featuring these cookbooks that are now in the public domain and available for us to read and experiment with today. Of course, a great deal has changed in terms of measuring ingredients. No more sprinkles of this and a handful of that.

IN SUFFRAGE NEWS: The National Women’s History Project is having its annual online auction to raise money. Get some great deals on books, memorabilia, and educational items. The Central Park women’s statue will be unveiled in New York City during 2020, the national suffrage centennial. Also, the New York State Museum will have a 2020 exhibit that includes the “Spirit of 1776” suffrage campaign wagon used by Edna Kearns in NYC and Long island in 1913 for grassroots organizing. Follow Suffrage Wagon News Channel for more information.

If you can, join The Extreme History Project for “Hazel Hunkins of Billings: Protesting at the White House, 1917-1919”, a lecture by Kevin Kooistra, Executive Director of the Western Heritage Center in Billings, on Thursday June 28 at 6 pm at the Museum of the Rockies (600 W. Kagy Blvd., Bozeman, MT).  This lecture is free and open to the public.

 Denied the opportunity to work in a local chemistry lab because of her gender, Billings native Hazel Hunkins promptly joined the national fight for women’s suffrage.  In his presentation, Kevin Koostra will share the story of this gritty woman who remained undeterred even after national resentment led to arrest and recrimination for Hunkins and her fellow protesters.

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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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