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Suffrage centennial events + new women’s center at New York Historical Society!

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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.

STAY UP TO DATE WITH SUFFRAGE VIDEOS: Videos produced by SuffrageCentennials.com and SuffrageWagon.org are a regular feature of Women Making History Bulletin. You can sign up for issues distributed several times a week.

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Suffrage centennial news notes, plus New York State Museum traveling panel exhibits!

1776 patriotic protest women’s suffrage movement artifact on exhibit during 2017! on Vimeo.

SUFFRAGE RALLY REENACTMENT TO COMMEMORATE NYS WOMAN SUFFRAGE CENTENNIAL

The Glens Falls Area Suffrage Centennial Committee presents a suffrage rally reenactment to commemorate the 2017 state suffrage centennial to be performed in Glens Falls, NY on Sunday, May 7, 2017 from 1-3 p,m. at the gazebo in City Park. This event is free and open to the public. The rally will reenact the history of the campaign for women’s voting rights through historical speeches, letters, and songs. Featured will be national figures such as Susan B. Anthony, Inez Milholland, and Carrie Chapman Catt, all of which had local ties. Those opposed to women voting are part of the program. Glens Falls Art will be on hand to demonstrate period photography, and tintypes will be available, weather permitting.

In 1917, New York State became the twelfth, and only eastern state to grant full voting rights to women. The Glens Falls Area Suffrage Centennial Committee consists of the Crandall Public Library, Chapman Historical Museum, Warren County Historical Society, as well as individuals and institutions interested in women’s history. The rain location will be the Christine L. McDonald Community Room at Crandall Public Library at the same date and time. For more information, contact Tisha Dolton at (518) 792-6508 x256, visit the Facebook page: facebook.com/CelebratingSuffrageInGreaterGlensFallsNY/, or Twitter @GFGwichSuffrage.

The New York State Museum has created a six-panel traveling exhibition based on the larger Votes for Women exhibition that opens November 4, 2017 at the state museum in Albany, NY. Check with the following venues to see when the Votes for Women panel exhibition will be on view at venues throughout NYS: Albany City Hall, Clinton Historical Society, Cortland County Historical Society, Eastville Community Historical Society, Geneva Historical Society, Katonah Village Library, Lorenzo State Historic Site, National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House, New York State Fair, Niagara County Historical Society, The History Center, and Seneca Falls Historical Society.

CULTURAL HERITAGE TOURISM SPRING CONFERENCE

June 7, 2017 is the date for the New York Cultural Heritage Tourism Network’s spring conference “Developing Strategic Organizational Sustainability” at Colgate University from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The program is designed for organizations, businesses and private sector interests to become active participants in their communities through regional economic development.

“FROM PURPLE SASHES TO PINK HATS”—FUNDRAISER FOR TURNING POINT SUFFRAGIST MEMORIAL ASSOCIATION

For those in the Washington, DC area, set aside Sunday, June 11, 2017 from 5 to 9 p.m. for a special event at the Westwood Country Club, 800 Maple Ave. East, Vienna, Va. 22180. The Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Association will be hosting a cocktail reception, dinner, silent auction and reading of the play “Take Up the Song” written by John Tepper Marlin. The production traces the early years of the suffrage movement. StageCoach Theater Company is producing the show. Musical entertainment will be provided by the community women’s chorus, Capital Harmonia. Individual tickets are $150. Black tie and suffrage attire optional. For more information: pwirth@suffragistmemorial.org

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“Spirit of 1776” women’s suffrage wagon has been moved, plus suffrage centennial news notes!

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Spirit of 1776 suffrage wagon to be on exhibit in 2017 at NYS Museum on Vimeo.

The State of New York launched the 100th anniversary of women voting in the state on March 1, 2017 with a women’s history exhibit up for public view for thirty days. Now the “Spirit of 1776” wagon has been moved over to the New York State Museum where it is promoting the large women’s suffrage exhibit at the museum in November 2017. That exhibit will be on view through May 2018.

IN OTHER NEWS: The 2020 Women’s Vote Centennial has a Facebook page. The Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative (WVCI) is a collaborative effort created to share information and stimulate activities around the country in the years leading up to 2020. It is run by a volunteer task force, that represents the various segments of the historical women’s suffrage movement, contemporary women’s organizations, and scholars. For more information.

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Olivia Twine radio interview & “Yellow Wallpaper” final tour: Suffrage Centennial News Notes

Listen to the “NonFiction Railroad” interview of Olivia Twine from WIOX radio in the Catskill Mountains of New York State. “The Writer’s Voice” moderator Bonnie Lykes-Bigler asks Twine, a contributing editor to SuffrageCentennials.com, about the 2017 New York State suffrage centennial. Olivia provides us with a fascinating overview of her work relative to suffrage and women’s history. In 2015, the town of Woodstock, New York passed a resolution encouraging its residents to honor its women’s history and to participate in the 2017 suffrage centennial. Olivia’s recent article on the state centennial highlights upcoming special events and exhibits during 2017.

FINAL TOUR of “THE YELLOW WALLPAPER,” A PROGRAM FOR SUFFRAGE CENTENNIAL PROGRAMS

“The Yellow Wallpaper” stars Michèle LaRue in Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s feminist thriller. In 1885, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, a vibrant young woman and dedicated writer, was brought to her knees by marriage, a well-meaning husband, and a questionable “cure.” Relying on blind faith, instinct, and courage, she willed herself back to health. Perhaps the single element most vital to her recovery was the writing of “The Yellow WallPaper” published in 1892. Turning autobiography to fiction, the story continues to fascinate readers today. This production—a faithful dramatization directed by Warren Kliewer—is fully staged and performed in period costume. Availability: through December 2017. Running time: one hour. Fee: $650, plus travel expenses as negotiated. Fee includes Q&A promotional materials, technical requirements list, playbill master. For more information: michelelarue.com.

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PBS suffrage movement documentary for Women’s History Month—News Flash!

Dance to the music of the 2017 New York State suffrage centennial! on Vimeo.

Find out about the vote that changed history with the broadcast premiere of Perfect 36: When Women Won the Vote distributed through American Public Television. This half-hour documentary will air in March 2017 for Women’s History Month. One of the pivotal moments in U.S. history came in 1920 with passage of the 19th Amendment, an event celebrated in Perfect 36: When Women Won the Vote that tells the insightful, engaging, and colorful story behind Tennessee’s role as the crucial 36th state needed for ratification—and the vote of one man who made it possible.

Produced by Pretzel Pictures for distribution through American Public Television (APT), Perfect 36: When Women Won the Vote is available to public television stations nationwide. Learn more about the project online at Perfect36Doc.com.

OTHER NEWS: Women’s Rights National Historical Park has partnered with the Seward House Museum in Auburn, NY to present a program titled “Seward Feminism” in the National Park Visitor Center’s Guntzel Theater on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 1 p.m. Although often overlooked because of Secretary of State William Henry Seward’s high profile, the women of the Seward family contributed significantly to the spirit of reform sweeping through mid-19th-century America. Women’s Rights National Historic Park is open Friday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit their website or call (315) 568-2991. The Women’s Rights National Historical Park is located at 136 Fall Street, Seneca Falls, NY.

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Planning for 2020: Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative

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Suffrage centennials are taking the nation by storm! on Vimeo.

Planning for the 2020 national suffrage centennial is underway thanks to a volunteer task force that has been considering a logo for the celebration, among other ongoing plans. While there are many events and observances that qualify for suffrage centennial recognition, the 2020 Women’s Vote Centennial initiative is taking the lead by collecting information about events and celebrations planned for the nation’s suffrage centennial observance. There are stirrings in Washington State, Rhode Island, New York State, and other parts of the nation. Regular reports are being circulated in a listserv distributed among interested individuals and organizations.

Post to the listserv “Suffrage2020” by sending an email with a message to Suffrage2020@thezahnisers.com.

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2017 New York State suffrage centennial underway after long anticipation!

Thoughts about a New York State 2017 Suffrage Centennial on Vimeo.

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LAWS OF NEW YORK, 2015

CHAPTER 471: AN ACT to create a temporary New York state women’s suffrage 100th anniversary commemoration commission, and providing for its powers and duties; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof became a law November 20, 2015, with the approval of the Governor. Passed by a majority vote, three-fifths being present. The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assembly, do enact as follows: Section 1. Legislative findings. The legislature hereby finds and declares there is a need to create a New York state women’s suffrage 100th anniversary commemoration commission to promote the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, which will take place between the years 2017 and 2020. The primary focus of the New York state women’s suffrage 100th anniversary commemoration commission will be to plan and execute an organized series of statewide programs that celebrate the accomplishment of women’s suffrage and the central role of New Yorkers and New York State in this milestone, while also helping shape the future to ensure a more just and equitable society for all. The legislature finds that the creation of a New York state women’s suffrage 100th anniversary commemoration commission is necessary to bring together persons qualified by experience and/or by powers vested in them by their offices to coordinate and facilitate such a multi-year event…

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Inez Milholland is a focus as New York State hits the ground running for its 2017 suffrage centennial!

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New York State is celebrating its 2017 suffrage centennial! on Vimeo.

A New Yorker has taken center stage as New York State hits the ground running in 2017 for its year-long suffrage centennial. Canada had its national suffrage centennial in 2016. Another year-long campaign is still ongoing to support President Obama in awarding a presidential citizens medal to Inez Milholland (1886-1916) before he leaves office.

New York State residents have been speaking up. Recent media of note includes:

(1.) WAMC coverage by reporter Allison Dunne about the citizens medal nomination and the New York State angle. Link to “Petition Supports NY Suffragist for Presidential Citizens Medal.

(2.) An opinion piece by John Tepper Marlin, family relative of Milholland. Link to “A Suffrage Warrior.”

(3.) Point of view by author Sandra Weber stressing Milholland’s inspiration for us today. Link to Inez Milholland. There’s “There’s inspiration in Inez Milholland.”

There is increased support for the Inez citizens medal as 2017 opens the door for New York State to celebrate its suffrage centennial. New York State women won the right to vote in 1917. When they did, the large numbers of new voters from New York tipped the balance in the direction of women voting nationwide. However, it took considerable focus and determination to achieve the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It took several generations of women numbering in the tens of thousands.

A medal for Inez goes beyond honoring honoring her as an individual. She was a catalyst and one of many who devoted their lives to win this essential human and civil right. A citizens medal for Inez will bring awareness to the long hard struggle. Support President Obama in awarding a presidential medal before he leaves office. A medal will be exhibited and travel around the nation for exhibition. A medal will symbolize the connection between the past, present, and future. A medal is long overdue.

For more information: InezMilhollandCentennial.com, nwhp.orgInezMilholland.org, RememberingInez.com, SuffrageWagon.org, SuffrageCentennials.com.

The Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Association supports the citizens medal as well as the importance of shedding light on the broad coalition of American women it took to win voting rights at the turn of the 20th century. It is an inspiring story. The Inez Milholland Centennial work is a special campaign of the National Women’s History Project. Martha Wheelock, filmmaker, has made tremendous leaps spreading Inez Milholland’s story by way of a 15-minute documentary on Inez, her life and times. A free DVD is available through InezMilholland.org

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Christmas Day & Inez Milholland 100 years ago: all part of national suffrage movement history

WAMC radio about Inez MilhollandLINK to WAMC public radio feature story about Obama citizens award nomination.

On Christmas Day in 1916, 100 years ago, over one thousand women and men gathered in Washington, D C to honor a fallen young leader. They put their holiday to the side for an emotional memorial service for suffrage martyr Inez Milholland Boissevain in Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol. It was the first time a woman was honored there.

At the Statuary Hall memorial service on Christmas Day 1916, California suffrage activist Maude Younger presented the eulogy for Inez and declared, “Liberty cannot die. No work for liberty can be lost. It lives on in the hearts of the people, in their hopes, their aspirations, their activities. It becomes part of the life of the nation. What Inez Milholland has given to the world lives on forever.”

After refusing to cancel an intense speaking tour for the 19th Amendment in 1916, Milholland collapsed and died in Los Angeles on November 25 of exhaustion and pernicious anemia. Her shocked colleagues immediately mourned her as a martyr to the cause of justice and women. Milholland was buried near the family home in Lewis, New York. She was born in Brooklyn in 1886 and graduated from Vassar College and New York University School of Law. Milholland practiced law in New York City in addition to advocating for American women’s voting rights.

NOMINATION OF INEZ MILHOLLAND FOR PRESIDENTIAL CITIZENS MEDAL PENDING AT THE WHITE HOUSE

U.S. women have worked hard during 2015 and 2016 to win support for a Presidential Citizens Medal for Milholland, an effort that U.S. Representative Jackie Speier of California endorsed in November 2015. The Milholland petition supporting the nomination has been submitted to the White House for consideration.

For the past year, the National Women’s History Project, located in Santa Rosa, California, has sponsored the campaign to draw attention to Milholland and other suffrage activists who contributed to the enfranchisement of women. Marguerite Kearns and Robert P.J. Cooney Jr. are co-chairs of the NWHP Inez Milholland centennial campaign (InezMilhollandCentennial.com).

“A MEDAL AFFIRMS OUR RICH LEGACY…”

Molly Murphy MacGregor, executive director and co-founder of the National Women’s History Project, noted: “I have sent a holiday greeting thanking Rep. Speier for her valuable support and urging her to make recognizing Inez Milholland with a Presidential Citizens Medal a priority. A presidential medal affirms our rich legacy in the area of American history.”

Over one thousand individuals and organizations from around the nation and from other parts of the world have signed the campaign’s petition in support of the award. The campaign’s momentum accelerated after the April 2016 release of “Forward into Light,” a 15-minute documentary by filmmaker Martha Wheelock about the life and death of Inez Milholland. The DVD is available free from InezMilholland.org.

Follow InezMilhollandCentennial.com, InezMilholland.org, RememberingInez.com, SuffrageWagon.org.

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Santa involved with Inez Milholland citizens medal award & President Obama!

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Santa and the Inez Milholland citizens medal! on Vimeo.

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Check the InezMilhollandCentennial.com web site for updates.

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