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The Tale of the Fourth of July Co-conspirators for your suffrage centennial event!

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Gather your friends around and help them picture the scene. Susan B. Anthony is ready to move in with Matilda Joslyn Gage, Sara Andrews Spencer, Lillie Devereau Blake, and Phoebe W. Couzins to crash the July 4th, 1876 centennial event in Philadelphia. The platform is filled with dignitaries and the co-conspirators wait until after the reading of the Declaration of Independence.

Here is what happened: Anthony marched up to the platform filled with centennial officials. She formally presented the Declaration of Rights of the Women of the United States, an update on the declaration from back in 1848 in Seneca Falls, New York.

The document sent the message that the nation must not turn its back on the unfinished American Revolution by denying women equality and the right to vote.

After delivering the proclamation, Anthony and others distributed copies to the crowd and left the centennial hall. THE RESULT: Pandemonium. General Howley, chairman, shouted for order to be restored.

THE OUTCOME: Suffrage activists held their own independence celebration in Philadelphia.

HOLD YOUR OWN CELEBRATION THIS YEAR AS YOU PLAN FOR THE 2020 NATIONAL CENTENNIAL OBSERVATION OF VOTES FOR WOMEN.

IN 2020, AMERICAN WOMEN WILL HAVE BEEN VOTING FOR 100 YEARS.

The July 4th Co-conspirators

AUDIO ACCOUNT OF WHAT HAPPENED on July 4, 1876 at the Fourth of July national centennial, as told by Elizabeth Cady Stanton in her memoir, Eighty Years and More. Read by Amelia Bowen for Suffrage Wagon News Channel.

NOW, LET’S FIRE UP THE BARBEQUE GRILL in 2018 and have fun!
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Annual fundraising luncheon at Susan B. Anthony House in Rochester, NY

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Valentine’s Day or February 14th in 2018 is the bicentennial of the date Frederick Douglass chose as his birthday, and it’s a day before Susan B. Anthony’s 198th birthday on the 15th.

Elaine Weiss will be the keynote speaker on February 14th for the 2018 Susan B. Anthony birthday luncheon at the Susan B. Anthony House in Rochester, NY. Weiss, a journalist and author of  The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote, will highlight the dramatic climax of the woman’s suffrage movement. The book will be published by Viking in March 2018. Weiss has presented at the Library of Congress, National Archives, Smithsonian Museum of American History, Hull House, the Chautauqua Institution, and many libraries, historical societies, and universities.

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We’re off to women’s suffrage centennial events at Susan B. Anthony house in Rochester, New York

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This year, 2017, is the centennial observance of New York State’s women voting for 100 years. As the “Cradle” of the women’s rights movement in the United States, New York has plenty to offer. Head north from New York City (where there’s a lot going on) and then stake out a journey to the Finger Lakes where there’s something for everyone in the family. Four states have suffrage centennial observances planned before the national suffrage centennial in 2020: New York, Michigan, Oklahoma, and South Dakota. Local organizations are linking their action and community agendas to suffrage centennial celebrations. A centennial comes only once a year, so why not take advantage of it?

This year’s program at the Susan B. Anthony House in Rochester on February 15, 2017 features Ann Dexter Gordon, the leading authority on Susan B. Anthony, editor of the Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, and research professor in the Department of History at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. See the Anthony Museum & House web site for details.

Advance planning is recommended so that when August 26th in 2017 comes around, you are prepared. August 26th is Women’s Equality Day when we recognize the national observance of the passage and ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. What are you planning? A fundraiser, lecture, exhibit, reception, community project? Susan B. Anthony spent 50 years of her life working for women’s voting rights. A hush comes over the Susan B. Anthony House in Rochester, NY when groups, visitors, and tourists open the front door and walk through the building to learn about how the past, present and future come together.

Are you taking advantage of opportunities for events throughout the upcoming year? Do you follow SuffrageCentennials.com on Twitter, Facebook, and the quarterly newsletter?

Celebrate women’s freedom to vote and monitor efforts across the nation to preserve and institute safe and honest voting procedures.
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Story of the Fourth of July co-conspirators

Do you know the story of the five co-conspirators who crashed a national Fourth of July centennial celebration?If not, you aren’t alone.

Picture the scene: July 4, 1876. Philadelphia, PA. A national celebration with visitors from all over the world.
The platform’s filled with dignitaries, but the co-conspirators waited until after the reading of the Declaration of Independence.

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At this very moment Susan B. Anthony was ready to make a move along with Matilda Joslyn Gage, Sara Andrews Spencer, Lillie Devereau Blake, and Phoebe W. Couzins.

Anthony marched up to the platform filled with centennial officials. She formally presented the Declaration of Rights of the Women of the United States, an update on the declaration from back in 1848 in Seneca Falls, New York.

THE MESSAGE: that the nation must not turn its back on the Unfinished American Revolution by denying women equality and the right to vote.

After delivering the proclamation, Anthony and others distributed copies to the crowd and left the centennial hall. THE RESULT: Pandemonium. General Howley, chairman, shouted for order to be restored.

THE OUTCOME: Suffrage activists held their own independence celebration in Philadelphia.

The July 4th Co-conspirators

AUDIO ACCOUNT OF WHAT HAPPENED on July 4, 1876 at the Fourth of July national centennial, as told by Elizabeth Cady Stanton in her memoir, Eighty Years and More. Read by Amelia Bowen for Suffrage Wagon News Channel.

NOW, LET’S FIRE UP THE BARBEQUE GRILL in 2015 and have some fun!
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Special report about Seneca Falls women’s rights conference in 1848!

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Special report about Seneca Falls women’s rights convention! on Vimeo.

If you’re expecting Seneca Falls, NY to be like Disneyland, you’ll be disappointed. The town and its past is better suited to an introduction to how women’s history and American history intersect. And those interested include regular tourists as well as those who view their travel as a journey or a pilgrimage to the roots of our history as a nation. There’s a special report, now available on the web site of the Women’s Rights National Historic Park, that will give you a shot in the arm of understanding the significance of the 1848 women’s rights convention. And if you’re headed to Seneca Falls in the future, it’s a recommended read before you leave town.

The Seneca Falls Women’s Rights Convention and the Origins of the Women’s Rights Movement, a special report by Dr. Judith Wellman, puts the conference into perspective and adds to other discussions about whether or not the 1848 convention was all people claimed it to be. There had been stirrings about women’s rights long before 1848, but Wellman notes that the Seneca Falls convention marks the “beginning of the organized women’s rights movement.”

The Seneca Falls gathering set the model for women’s conventions. It nailed the theme of the movement, that is, the connection between women’s rights and the nation’s founding ideals. Seneca Falls set the agenda for the suffrage movement and modeled methods for moving toward the goal of equality. In short, Seneca Falls was a “pivotal” event, one that Wellman argues in a comprehensive report, a perspective that’s also reflected in her 2004 book, The Road to Seneca Falls; Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the First Woman’s Rights Convention.

Read the special report. Find out what else is being said about Seneca Falls, such as the work, The Myth of Seneca Falls: Memory and the Women’s Suffrage Movement, 1848-1898 by Lisa Tetrault. And take into consideration what’s going on in Seneca Falls, NY during 2015, such as Convention Days in July. And check out the special program about Seneca Falls at Suffrage Wagon Cafe in June. Seneca Falls, NY is expected to be a hot spot for travelers during the 2017 New York suffrage centennial. Get a jumpstart now!

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Many things Elizabeth Cady Stanton related during her 200th birthday year!

November 2015 birthday for StantonThe Elizabeth Cady Stanton Hometown Association is the go-to place for events and celebrations in upstate New  York during the year of the 200th birthday of Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Listing of events in Fulton and Montgomery Counties. The Elizabeth Cady Stanton Women’s Consortium has a terrific web site to visit. The Elizabeth Cady Stanton Women’s Symposium was first held in Johnstown, NY to continue the work of that city’s most-famous daughter. An outcome of the 2006 Symposium was the creation of the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Women’s Consortium.

It’s time to “remember the ladies” in Central Park, NYC. Plans are moving forward with the Central Park statue project that will honor Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton with the 2020 suffrage centennial observance in mind. The approval of NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver enables The Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Statue Fund, Inc. to accept pledges and contributions for the design and creation of the statue as well as for organizing, outreach, and media efforts. Because of the pro bono assistance of Morrison Foerster, the Statue Fund has been granted tax-exempt status under section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code. Contributions to the Fund are tax-deductible.

And don’t forget the November 2015 birthday bash in New York City at Cooper Union!

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Wishing Well for Suffrage CentennialsWish List for 2015

Do you remember back in December 2014 when we announced our wish for a funded New York State 2017 suffrage centennial planning commission? Wish List Link.

The commission is one step closer to creation in the New York State Legislature. But the help of New York’s voters is needed to make it a reality. Advocates of such a funded planning commission are busy lining up their representatives and asking them to sign onto the bill as sponsors. And the appropriations part of the legislation won’t be a walk in the park. It will require monitoring the bill’s progress and making your views known, that is, if you live in New York State.

The bill sponsored by Democratic Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther and Republican State Senator Betty Little will, if passed by both chambers, create a thirteen-person commission consisting of appointees to coordinate the state’s commemorations. The commission could be funded by $2 million in state funds.

VIDEO: For the past two years people on the ground have appealed to Santa and Mrs. Claus for their help in getting the U.S. Congress to reauthorize the “Votes for Women” trail, also known as the National Women’s Rights History Project Act, legislation faithfully sponsored and supported by U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter.

There’s movement in the hallowed chambers in Washington, DC where this proposed legislation has been stalled. Added to the bill’s support are four cosponsors who include Katko, R-Camillus, and U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko, an Albany-area Democrat. U.S. Reps. Richard Hanna and Tom Reed, both Republicans, support the measure. Some supporters cite the potential impact of economic development and cultural heritage tourism on the region, also known as the “Cradle” of the women’s rights movement in the United States. VIDEO: About the resources and potential of cultural heritage tourism in the Finger Lakes region of New York State.

AND NOW BACK TO THE SUFFRAGE CENTENNIAL WISH LIST FOR 2015:

Our wishes for 2015 at the start of the year included a national suffragist memorial outside of Washington, DC and a statue of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton in New York City’s Central Park. These two wishes are linked to the 2020 suffrage centennial, and it isn’t a slam dunk. Serious fundraising is underway for both projects. Show your support by following Turning Point Suffragist Memorial (VIDEO)and the Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Susan B. Anthony Statue Fund. Web site. Dig into your pockets to give. Show support in other ways such as liking their Facebook pages.

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Have a blast at Susan B. Anthony’s 195th birthday party! Videos and more.

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February 15th is Susan B. Anthony’s 195th birthday. The Susan B. Anthony Day on February 15th is observed in New York, California, Florida, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Visit Anthony’s home in Rochester, New York. Or go there vicariously online. Either way you can have a blast at Susan B. Anthony’s 195th birthday party. Lynn Sheer is the keynote speaker at the annual birthday fundraiser for the Susan B. Anthony Museum & House at 17 Madison in Rochester, New York in an event that attracts hundreds of people, some years as many as 700 or more.

Our scout, Kenneth C. Clark, has been on the Susan B. Anthony trail where he photographed the outside of the Ontario County Courthouse in Canandaigua, NY, the location of Susan B. Anthony’s 1873 trial for illegal voting. Ontario County CourthouseTravelers on their way to Rochester often find the detour to the courthouse worth their time. VIDEO about Susan’s trial and the courthouse. Support suffrage centennials and celebrations.

And now for the celebration. VIDEO wishing Susan a happy 195th birthday. VIDEO: Another party goer adds best wishes for everyone celebrating Susan’s birthday. VIDEO: “Susan B. Anthony: The first militant suffragist” features a reading about Anthony in the book by Doris Stevens, “Jailed for Freedom.”

OTHER RESOURCES: Suffrage memorabilia scholar Kenneth Florey writes about Susan B. Anthony medal. Article about Susan B. Anthony and little-known facts about her.

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Plan a trip & a Susan B. Anthony party: Special article about Anthony medal by Kenneth Florey, plus February birthday party video

Plan now to visit the Susan B. Anthony Museum & House in Rochester, NY… also February 11, 2015 for the annual Anthony luncheon that attracts almost a thousand people each year. Article about the 2014 event from the New York History blog. And now, a special feature article to warm you up to the idea of real or virtual travel!

The “Susan B. Anthony Medal”

by Kenneth Florey

Susan B. Anthony, who was born on February 15, 1820 and died on March 13, 1906, unfortunately never lived to see the passage of the Federal Suffrage Amendment that she had devoted her life to and whose wording she had essentially created. To commemorate Anthony’s efforts, the National American Woman Suffrage Association issued a 2” bronze medal featuring her bust on February 15, 1920, the one-hundredth anniversary of the date of her birth. Although designed to honor Anthony specifically, members of NAWSA were also anticipating the ratification by the states of what some termed “The Anthony Amendment” later that year, so the medal really served a dual purpose.

An announcement of the medal along with its picture appeared in the February 21, 1920 issue of The Woman Citizen, which under its old name The Woman’s Journal served for a time as NAWSA’s official newsletter. The medal was designed by Leila Usher, whose name is engraved on the piece just below Anthony’s shoulder on the front. The reverse features two twigs surrounding a plaque on which Anthony’s famous words “Failure is Impossible” appear. The design was taken from a larger bronze medallion, also designed by Usher, that Dr. Howard Kelly offered to donate to Bryn Mawr College in 1901. At the official ceremonies to honor the bequest on April 21, 1902, Anthony and Anna Howard Shaw were invited to attend and both were present. Usher was a painter and sculptor, who was born in Onalaska, Wisconsin in 1859 and died in New York City in 1955. Unlike Anthony, she was able to see the passage of the Federal Amendment and to vote in all elections, local, state, and federal. ++

Kenneth Florey is the author of the 2013 book Women’s Suffrage Memorabilia published by McFarland Books and available through Amazon and the publisher. Florey’s next work, “American Woman Suffrage Postcards: A Guide and Catalog,” will be out in the late fall or winter of 2015 and feature approximately 700 different suffrage postcards arranged into six categories. 

Video about visiting the Susan B. Anthony Museum & House in Rochester, NY.

OTHER RECENT NEWS: Long-awaited book with six figure advance published about suffragette in England, Princess Sophia. Women’s suffrage highlighted in 2015 NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo inaugural address. Meryl Streep gives interviews about upcoming “Suffragette” film from the UK expected to be released in fall of 2015. Highlights from SuffrageCentennials.com in 2014.

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Bad news on January 12, 1915: “100 Years Ago” video, plus updates on NYC statue project, 1915 photo collection & other news notes

NEW VIDEO: “100 Years Ago” is a new feature on SuffrageCentennials.com

All during 2014 Montana carved out an ambitious path in order to celebrate its suffrage centennial. A recent feature highlights how married women couldn’t teach school in Montana 100 years ago and they used the electoral process to do something about it. Here’s Montana’s web feature atory about married women teachers 100 years ago.

100 years ago: Highlights of women’s rights on Vimeo.

UPDATE ON CENTRAL PARK STATUE PROJECT: There’s a new web site for the Central Park statue project featuring Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Check it out. What a grand idea. The paperwork is in the pipeline.

There’s a lot still to discover about the “Suffragette” film starring Meryl Streep and others that’s due for release in the fall of 2015. And we’ll continue to follow New York State’s official plans in terms of celebrating its 2017 state centennial suffrage celebration and the 2020 suffrage centennial nationwide.

A fascinating photo collection is up for auction and just in time for Pennsylvania’s centennial observance of its referendum in 1915. Pennsylvania women lost, as did their sisters in New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts that year. But the accomplishment laid a base for the eventual win. This collection features images of the the Equality Bell that toured Pennsylvania and other states in 1915. You’ll be hearing more about 2015 as an important suffrage centennial year on this web site.

SuffrageCentennials.com has two countdown clocks: One for the NYS suffrage centennial in 2017 and the other, a countdown clock for the national suffrage centennial in 2020. “Suffrage Centennial” isn’t a household reference at the moment, but public awareness is increasing day by day. That’s why we’re starting early. There’s a lot of catching up to do. And for this reason, SuffrageCentennials has a Facebook page, in addition to Twitter, email subscription and a quarterly newsletter. See links below.

RECENT NEWS: Women’s suffrage highlighted in 2015 NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo inaugural address. Meryl Streep gives interviews about upcoming “Suffragette” film from the UK expected to be released in fall of 2015. Highlights from SuffrageCentennials.com in 2014.

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