The “Spirit of 1776” suffrage wagon is now at the New York State Museum in Albany—in the lobby to promote the November 4, 2017 opening of the museum’s women’s and suffrage history. New York women have been voting for the past 100 years. The wagon was on exhibit in 2010 in the museum lobby. This video highlighting the 2010 exhibit gives an idea of the tender loving care showered on the wagon by museum staff.
IN OTHER NEWS:
Humanities New York! has been playing a pivotal role in making sure that the 2017 state suffrage centennial is successful. The draft budget in Washington, DC calls for the elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities, a major source of funding for HNY. New York State is the second largest source of funding for HNY. A call to action has been issued with an online form designed to make your job easier when expressing support. Humanities New York! is responsible for some terrific work, funding, and advocacy for our growing constituency.
The new center for women’s history at the New York Historical Society is the first of its kind in the nation within the walls of a major museum. It features the stories of American women and is a hub for scholarship and education. Guided by a committee of historians and informed by research, the women’s center features permanent installations, temporary exhibitions, talks, and special programs.
The NYS League of Women Voters has released a suffrage resource kit promoting the organization’s upcoming anniversaries as well as ways to get involved in the 2017 state centennial observance.
“Adirondack Suffragists: 100 Years of Votes for Women” is an exhibit opening May 27 and running through October 9, 2017 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of New York State passing a women’s suffrage act into state law. New York women, including Inez Milholland from Essex County, played important roles in the movement. The Adirondack History Center Museum and the Essex County Historical Society in Elizabethtown, NY has scheduled the suffrage exhibit for the Anitra Pell Gallery. This event is sponsored in part by Humanities New York. For more information about the exhibit.
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