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International Day of the Girl—Are you ready for 2020, the nation’s suffrage centennial?

October 11th is the International Day of the Girl, as declared by the United Nations. Photo below by UN Women. The UN observers state the following: “The world’s 1.1 billion girls are a source of power, energy, and creativity – and the millions of girls in emergencies are no exception. This year’s International Day of the Girl (IDG) on October 11th marks the beginning of a year-long effort to spur global attention and action to the challenges and opportunities girls face before, during, and after crises.”

Are you planning with your organization for a 2020 observance of the 100 years of American women voting? What will you do personally, in terms of advocacy, to honor the past 100 years of women voting in the United States?

Are you following the campaign to honor Inez Milholland, the U.S. suffrage martyr, from now to 2020?

Support the New York State Museum in putting the “Spirit of 1776” suffrage wagon on permanent exhibit! Find out about the state museum’s renovation and expansion.

Support Turning Point Suffragist Memorial is opening its doors in 2020 to celebrate the national suffrage centennial! In 2020, the Central Park statue in NYC will be unveiled. Vision 2020 will celebrate in Philadelphia.

Heritage road markers for women’s rights—Visit Huntington, NY & locations with a women’s suffrage angle!!

Unveiling of “Spirit of 1776” heritage road marker in Huntington, NY on Vimeo.

The “Spirit of 1776” heritage road marker unveiling in Huntington, NY in April 2018 is part of an ongoing effort by the William G. Pomeroy Foundation, in collaboration with citizens and interested Americans, to bring the nation’s history out in the open.

Antonia Petrash of the Long Island Woman Suffrage Association, Ellyn Okvist of the Lake Ronkonkoma Association, Professor Natalie Naylor, the Islip area branch of the American Association of University Women, the Islip Historical Society, and Suffrage Wagon News Channel are among the advocates on the ground on Long Island (NY) to create a visible and publicly supported suffrage trail to encourage and support cultural heritage tourism.

Among the suffrage markers already installed on Long Island through the Pomeroy Foundation and other supporters are tribute markers to Ellen Sherman Pratt, Florence Gibb Pratt, Abigail E. Leonard, M. Olivia Sage, Mary L. Booth, Lillian Devere, May Croot Manson, Louisine W. Havemeyer, the “Spirit of 1776” suffrage wagon used by activist Edna Kearns, and others. Four plaques have been placed on buildings so far to honor activists.

IN OTHER NEWS

The League of Women Voters faces the hard truth about its origins and continues moving forward. See blog posting.

Historic sites with a suffrage movement angle are offering programs to enhance this theme with the approach of 2020, the nation’s suffrage centennial. One of these sites is the Vanderbilt family’s former home in Centerpoint, NY on 180 Little Neck Road where through September 2, 2018 there will be tours with a woman’s suffrage theme on Saturdays and Sundays, 12:30, 1,2,3 and 4 p.m., $8 per person, available at the door. For more information: 631-854-5579 or vanderbiltmuseum.org

The year 2020 is when U.S. women will have been voting for 100 years. It’s the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution. For the past decade, efforts like the heritage road markers have been underway. The Pomeroy Foundation marker program, as well as many others, are part of this preparation. Plan a trip this summer to see some of the suffrage heritage markers already in place.

Does your state have a state suffrage commission, either funded or unfunded? Have you or your organization made plans for how you will celebrate 2020?

It’s not too early to start working on an event for 2020.

LetsRockTheCradle.com has a great article about Linda McKenney about what it has been like to step into Susan B. Anthony’s shoes. Take a look. Part II of the article is planned for August 23, 2018. Suffrage Wagon News Channel is a sister site to SuffrageCentennials.com

2020 Suffrage Centennial News, plus VIDEO!

Support the “Spirit of 1776” suffrage wagon on permanent exhibit at NYS Museum! on Vimeo.

IN OTHER NEWS:

The Chicago City Council has renamed a historic downtown street after activist Ida B. Wells. Congress Parkway will be renamed Ida B. Wells Drive. Her descendants, friends, and supporters have been raising money to build a monument in her memory.

The Pomeroy Foundation has announced an expansion of the Historic Roadside Marker Grant Program. It is now open to all municipalities and 501.c3 organizations in New York State. The Pomeroy is also testing an expansion of the program on the national level. Stay tuned! As of March 2018, the Pomeroy Foundation has installed over 495 historic markers in 53 New York State counties.

The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) Women’s History Affinity Group is developing a 2020 Suffrage Value Statement, with best practices and principles for the upcoming centennial commemoration of the 19th Amendment. The group is surveying the field for comments to help develop the statement. The deadline to submit comments is August 15, 2018. You can participate here.

We can’t keep up with all the celebrations and special programs scheduled across the US to commemorate August 26th, Women’s Equality Day. One example is the Miami-Dade County Commission for Women, The Women’s Park, and the League of Women Voters who will host their sixth annual commemoration for women’s equality on Saturday, August 25, 10-1, at The Women’s Park in Maimi, FL.

Author Kenneth Florey is appealing for help in the identification of this image. His entire special message was published in a feature on SuffrageWagon.org (August 1, 2018). Contact him at KennethFlorey at gmail.com

AND DON’T FORGET:

There’s a special bus tour of Washington, DC leaving from the Belmont-Paul national historic site (National Park Service) on August 26, 2018. The 1913 parade route will be featured, along with other sites of interest.

The Suffolk County Historical Society in Riverhead, NY (on Long Island, NY) continues its membership drive. The Historical Society has a lively program of exhibits and special programs. Part of the popular suffrage exhibition of Long Island activists is still on display.

Here at SuffrageCentennials.com we loved sending friends and interested folks over to the New York State Museum in Albany, NY to see the “Votes for Women” exhibit that went up in November 2017 and came down in May of 2018. The display was thrilling to see. The “Spirit of 1776″suffrage wagon was part of the exhibition. Now we are on to the next phase of planning for the national suffrage centennial in 2020 when it’s anticipated that the wagon will be on exhibit again.

The celebration of the 2020 national suffrage centennial has opportunities to get involved. And this doesn’t just involve sending money. The initiative for 2020 has relied, so far, on many volunteers to spread the word and organize others to carry out the work. There are opportunities to research and add to a database of first wave activists. Organizers are scouting for locations to erect historic markers to celebrate votes for women, an initiative of the National Votes for Women Trail. And there is more. Stay tuned!

Have you made plans yet for August 26th—Women’s Equality Day?

The “Spirit of 1776” wagon on its first grassroots organizing campaign in the summer of 1913. Photo courtesy of Rose Gschwendtner.

“Spirit of 1776”: 105 years ago suffrage wagon left NYC for grassroots organizing!

Morning news and updates about women’s suffrage and voting rights!! from on Vimeo.

The “Spirit of 1776” wagon reached Long Beach, NY on July 4,1913. Photo from the collection of Rose Gschwendtner, with thanks.

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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Last chance to see the “Spirit of 1776” wagon before New York State Museum exhibit closes!

“Spirit of 1776” women’s suffrage wagon on exhibit through 2018!! on Vimeo.

Last chance to see “Spirit of 1776” suffrage campaign wagon before New York State “Votes for Women” exhibit closes. Great year for the wagon. It will have been on display from March 2017 through May 2018.

Thank you, New York. It was a terrific suffrage centennial!’

Honor Inez Milholland through 2020, the nation’s suffrage centennial.

Drop by the Inez Milholland centennial blog: InezMilholland.wordpress.com

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Happy Spring and a “Spirit of 1776” suffrage wagon reminder!

“Spirit of 1776” suffrage wagon on exhibit until May 13, 2018 the New York State Museum on Vimeo.

You will also get to see the remarkable “Votes for Women” exhibit at the state museum. The “Spirit of 1776” wagon can be viewed in the lobby, not far from the exhibit. It’s worth a visit to Albany, New York. There is no word yet as to when it will be on display again.

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Big time in Albany, NY during November 2017!

The “Votes for Women” exhibit at the New York State Museum opens November 4, 2017 in Albany, NY. The “Spirit of 1776” suffrage wagon has been exhibited in 2010, 2012, and during 2017. The show opening November 4th is the show of all shows. The suffrage wagon is part of the exhibit, and there is so much more to see. The video below is from 2010—a comparison, and one that we treasure. The upcoming show is a MUST SEE!

What happened when the “Spirit of 1776” was exhibited in 2010! on Vimeo.

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Canadian suffrage movement centennial conference during October 2015

Canadian conference 2015

A conference entitled 2015 “Canada’s History Forum, The Centennial of Women’s Suffrage” is scheduled on October 15, 2015 to prepare for Canada’s 2016 women’s suffrage centennial celebration. The province of Manitoba granted women the right to vote in provincial elections in January of 1916. Women in Saskatchewan and Alberta followed shortly thereafter. The anniversary of the women’s suffrage movement’s accomplishments in Canada is an opportunity to reflect on the lives of dedicated women. By sharing their stories of perseverance and determination, this inspires young Canadian women today. The conference will be held at the Canadian Museum of History. 100 Laurier Street, Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0M8. For more information, visit the Nellie McClung Foundation. A Canadian human rights milestone will take place on January 28, 2016. One hundred years ago on this day, Manitoba women were the first in Canada and the British Commonwealth to be awarded the right to vote.

OTHER NEWS NOTES: Columnist on New York History blog, Peter Feinman, expresses disappointment about dashed expectations within state’s history community about waning enthusiasm about I Love New York and Path Through History programs. One problem may be that specialty conferences are often thrown together with speakers and big names without much cohesion other than providing personal platforms for presenters. Feinman suggests that state officials weigh in on the state’s history in a broader way than viewing the history community and historic sites as just another version of a chamber of commerce.

Long Island women joined parade in Smithtown, NY to bring attention to New York State’s 2017 suffrage centennial. The blog for LetsRockTheCradle.com highlights events commemorating the women’s rights movement. There’s still time to plan a trip to the cradle of the women’s rights movement in the United States. Anyone who loves a party should check in with the celebration underway of Suffrage Wagon Cooking School which has been in operation for one year. If your organization is looking for a way to raise money, follow SuffrageCentennials.com to find out dates and occasions to plan around. American history comes alive in the “Spirit of 1776” suffrage storytelling series. Bess, Edna’s best friend, narrates. She’s determined to be a free young woman at the turn of the 20th century. Will she succeed? Stay tuned as the episodes continue.

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