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November 2017 suffrage festivities and focus in New York State

 

The New York Women’s Vote Centennial Project is a partnership on the NYS governor and lt. governor and the American Federation of Teachers and First Book celebrating the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York on November 6, 2017. The competition invites teachers to develop classroom projects and activities to mark the suffrage centennial. Fifteen winners will be chosen.

Projects may focus on women’s history, civic engagement, the democratic process, equal rights, or a related topic. Educators and students are encouraged to explore the question: 100 years from now, when future generations look back, what will our equal rights legacy be?  Projects for any grade, K-12, will be considered. October 11, 2017 is the application deadline.

The New York State Women’s Suffrage Commission, chaired by Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, is organizing programs to commemorate women’s suffrage between 2017, To learn more, visit www.ny.gov/suffrage.

STATE SUFFRAGE CONFERENCE ON NOVEMBER 4, 2017

The New York Women’s Suffrage Centennial Conference, celebrating the centennial of women’s suffrage in New York State, will be held on Saturday, November 4 at the Archives Partnership Trust headquarters located at the Cultural Education Center, 222 Madison Avenue, Empire State Plaza in Albany.

The celebration continues after the conference when the League of Women Voters of New York State Education Foundation and the New York State Archives host an opening reception of Votes for Women: Celebrating New York’s Suffrage Centennial. Votes for Women is an exhibition organized by the New York State Museum to commemorate the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote in New York State. For more information on the evening reception and for tickets, click here.

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Who and what is causing the waves over women’s suffrage centennial events?

High Tea in the Spirit of 1776 on Vimeo.

THE WOMEN’S VOTE CENTENNIAL (WVCI)

The Women’s Vote Centennial (WVCI) is an on-the-ground initiative of those across the nation determined that the 2020 centennial of American women voting isn’t lost in the swamp of current events. Hosted by the NWP (the National Woman’s Party) in Washington, DC, the effort is driven by love and determination to make sure the centennial doesn’t come and go in a whimper. The initiative encourages local, state, and national recognition of this extraordinary grassroots campaign that started long before the 1848 Seneca Falls Convention that became a turning point in the struggle continuing to today. Follow the national organizing effort for 2020.

To volunteer, find out about programs and activities, visit the NWP web site.

If you have a project or event celebrating women’s initiatives, let us know. 

THE WOMEN’S STATUE FUND FOR CENTRAL PARK IN NYC

The Statue Fund for Central Park is breaking the bronze ceiling to create the first statue of real women in the 164-year history of NYC’s Central Park, the Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Woman Suffrage Movement Monument, according to Pam Elam, president of the initiative. “For me this project is all about rethinking the past and reshaping the future. You may well wonder how we can do that with one statue. And the answer is that it’s not just about one statue of two figures with the names of many others incorporated in the design—it’s about a movement.

“It’s about the largest nonviolent revolution in the history of this nation when over half the population was enfranchised. It’s an instant history lesson. It’s an examination of how social change comes about. It’s learning from the past to do a better job of fighting for equality and justice in the future. It’s challenging municipalities all across this nation and this world to honor all the people who made those cities great by including tributes to women and people of color in their public spaces. But most of all, it’s about completing the journeys toward justice of the valiant women who came before us and achieving the full equality for women that they were denied. It’s about the incredible power of moving history forward.”

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A Call to Action about the 2020 suffrage centennial—Gazette from NWHP published!

Headlines about Women’s Suffrage News & Centennials on Vimeo.

“How Women Won the Vote” is the theme of the National Women’s History Project’s “Gazette,” a 24-page special issue. It includes a valuable “Call to Action” to alert citizens from coast to coast to get ready for the 2020 national suffrage centennial. A single copy is free. A total of 25 copies can be purchased for $10 from the NWHP store online.

The National Women’s History Project’s 2017 special edition devoted to the women’s suffrage grassroots movement is a pivotal and groundbreaking marker in time alerting Americans to write women back into history. This has been the vision of the NWHP for the past 35 years.

The “Call to Action” editorial doesn’t mention the debates that will inevitably surface with the passage of time on the national level. The focus instead is on recognizing the significance of this dramatic social movement and rally individuals and organizations to recognize our history for what it is—all of it. There is a great deal to acknowledge. The Gazette editorial reads in part:

“The Women’s Suffrage Centennial honors this specific part of American history. We encourage celebrations to keep the focus on the women who won the vote and not leave them behind in discussions of contemporary history. The anniversary is not the time for such general approaches as ‘women in America’ or ‘women in protest.’ Rather, it should mark the start of many shows, exhibits, discussions and art on the historic and spiritual importance of multicultural suffragists…”

To keep a 2020 national suffrage commission focused on history rather than politics will be a challenge. Some political operatives are already turning the 2020 national centennial into an ideological battleground with the appointment of those who will serve on the commission. It wasn’t long ago that most Americans didn’t understand the meaning of or they couldn’t pronounce the word “suffrage.” Even fewer were aware of what it meant. This is changing.

Don’t forget that the “How Women Won the Vote” issue is available for bulk distribution through the National Women’s History Project’s store. Prior issues of the NWHP’s publication have been popular among educators and organizations.

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VoteTilla Schedule for 2017 NYS suffrage centennial!

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Votes for Women cultural heritage tourism & suffrage centennials are taking the nation by storm on Vimeo.

VoteTilla Schedule

Thursday—July 20, 2017

  • 10am—VoteTilla departs Fairport, NY
  • 11:35—Arrive Pittsford (Landing address is 24 State Street (Library), 14534)
  • 12noon-2pm—Scholars Luncheon with Tamar Carroll, Christine Kray, and Hinda Mandell: Nasty Women and Bad Hombres: Historicizing the 2016 Presidential Election, Pittsford Library, *ticketed event . 
  • 3:30 AKWAABA Reenactment: 
“A Time in the Life of FrederickDouglass, Shields Green, and A Woman Called ‘Moses’”
  • 4:00-5:00 VoteTilla Reenactors Programming  “A union in fact, a union in spirit”; Location: Gazebo 5:00-7:00pm—Smugtown Stompers (Gazebo)

Historic Pittsford programming takes place throughout the afternoon and evening, including children’s programming, book signings, and voter registration.

Friday—July 21, 2017

  • 9am—Depart Pittsford
  • 9:55am—Exit Lock E32
  • 10:40am—Exit Lock E33
  • 11:35am—Arrive at Genesee River Junction
  • 11:45 – 12:00 Airplane flyover with banner “VOTES FOR WOMEN”
  • 1:30pm—Arrive Corn Hill Landing
  • (Landing address 288 Exchange Blvd. Rochester, NY 14608)
  • 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m. – Guided tours of “Because of Women Like Her…Winning the Vote in New York State,” Woman Suffrage Centennial Exhibition, Harold Hacker Hall, Rundel Memorial Building, Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County, 115 South Ave. Tours leave from the brick courtyard next to West Edge Restaurant’s patio, Corn Hill Landing.
  • 1:30 p.m. Corn Hill Greets the Fleet – VoteTilla concludes its weeklong navigational celebration of women’s voices and votes when it arrives in Rochester, Corn Hill Landing. Music by Coreopia; welcoming remarks by Kathy Hodges, First Vice Regent, Irondequoit Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, City Historian Christine Ridarsky, and Corn Hill Historian JimDeVinney.
  • 2:00-3:00pm— VoteTilla Reenactors Programming;  Location: Corn Hill Landing
  • 3:00 AKWAABA Reenactment:
 “Cargo. . . No Loss or Damage”
  • 4:00pm— Telos Trio at Corn Hill Landing Site\
  • 5:00–10:00pm– City of Rochester ROC Women’s Music Fest, Concert at Parcel 5, Musical acts Meshell Ndegeocello, MC Lyte, Joan Osborne, Mikaela Davis, and Teagan and the Tweeds will take the stage;  food trucks on site.
  • Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the event or through com

Friday’s Featured Scholar: Victoria Wolcott
 Click here for Scholars’ Bios

Saturday—July 22, 2017

  • 10:30amBecause of Women Like Her Parade: The “Last Mile” of the route to the National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House will be celebrated with a parade.  [Registration required for groups or individuals marching—Registration closes Midnight, July 10] 11:15—Suffragist City Celebration “Pass by and get on with the work”
  • Food truck(s) on site
  • 12:30 pm Stool Ball in the Park Genesee Country Village Women’s Baseball Team
  • 1:00pm in SBAH&M Carriage House: World premier of Election Day 2016– A collaborative short documentary film by Rochester Documentary Filmmakers Group
  • 2:00–2:30 pm: Blanch Stuart Scott reenactor Judy Stiles will present a 15-minute program, followed by Q&A.
  • 2:30–3:00 pm in SBAH&M Carriage House: Presentation and book signing with Julie Cummins, author of Tomboy of the Air: Daredevil Pilot Blanche Stuart Scott;Women Explorers; and Women Daredevils.
  • 3:00 pm in SBAH&M Carriage House: Documentary screening “Election Day 2016” – A collaborative short documentary film by Rochester Documentary Filmmakers Group
  • 3:00-5:00 pm Forward into Light,Old Songs folk-theater performance which tells the story of American and NYS women’s suffrage in song and narrative. Under the big tent in park, reserved seat $20 (Photos, Videos, and Press Release here!) Purchase tickets here.

Sunday—July 23, 2017

  • 10:00 am—An Equal Right to Act: Remembering the Rochester Woman’s Right Convention of 1848. First Unitarian Church,  220 Winton Rd., Rochester

12 – 4 p.m. AAUW Suffrage Centennial Picnic, Perkins Mansion, 494 East Ave. Fried chicken, salads, cakes, and pie. Music and costumed historical reenactors, including Susan B. Anthony, Harriet Tubman, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Frederick Douglass. All are welcome! Share stories of family suffragists and ring the Remembrance Bell in honor of their legacy. Tour the mansion and view a display of suffrage memorabilia, including buttons, newspaper articles, photos, books on the history of suffrage, and a suffrage cartoon collections. Tickets available at http://perkinsmansion.brownpapertickets.com/. $10 adults, $5 children, $5 tours.

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Women’s suffrage news is increasing in quantity and quality: Kenneth Florey feature

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Wyse Talk – Kenneth Florey: 5/19/2016 from Branford Community Television on Vimeo.

Scholar and collector of women’s suffrage materials Kenneth Florey discusses his published books and is generous when sharing his knowledge and love of the women’s suffrage movement. The above video from Vimeo is one such example. Check out Kenneth Florey’s website.

Highlights from Kenneth Florey’s book on suffrage movement postcards.

“American Woman Suffrage Postcards” by Kenneth Florey on Vimeo.

IN OTHER NEWS:

Suffrage activist Alice Paul used the title “Toward Equality” for her 1928 law school thesis. The volunteer task force planning the national 2020 centennial has chosen “Toward Equality” for its logo and campaign theme. The Minnesota History Center Museum is working on a suffrage exhibition to travel across the nation in 2020. The Lake George, NY Historical Association opened its exhibit on women’s suffrage in May of 2017. Increasing amounts of suffrage-related jewelry is now available on the market. Performances of suffrage songs from history are also popular. Performer Linda Allen from the state of Washington is one example.

The 2020 Women’s Vote Centennial has a listserv. An update on a federal bill to establish a 2020 suffrage centennials is being monitored. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) introduced the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission Act into the 115th Congress in April. The bill is co-sponsored by 15 of the 21 female senators; 14 of the 15 Democratic women co-sponsored (plus Republican Susan Collins of Maine).  The bill has been included in the FY 17 omnibus spending measure with a $2 million appropriation attached.  It must still pass the House and be signed by the president.

HISTORY OF NYS SUFFRAGE COMMISSION (Courtesy, Humanities New York!)

June 2015: Two bills establishing the commission (A01019A/S02388-A) passed unanimously by both the New York State Assembly and New York State Senate with the support from Senator Little and Assemblymember Gunther.

November 2015: Governor Cuomo signed the bills into law.
March 1, 2016: Governor Cuomo appointed Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul to the Commission and proclaimed March Women’s History month in New York.
August 22, 2016: the Commission held its first meeting at The M’Clintock House in Waterloo, NY where Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul was nominated Chair.
March 1, 2017: Commission met at Albany, NY to unveil the new website and outline plans for the year ahead.
June 2017: Meeting of Suffrage Commission in New York City.
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Suffrage centennial events + new women’s center at New York Historical Society!

“Spirit of 1776” women’s suffrage wagon displayed in New York State Capitol in 2010 on Vimeo.

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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“Nevertheless they persisted”: NWHP theme for next year, plus suffrage centennial events!

Put Suffrage Centennial events & celebrations on your calendar! on Vimeo.

The National Women’s History Project has announced its theme for National Women’s History Month 2018: “NEVERTHELESS THEY PERSISTED: Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.” The 2018 theme recognizes the intersecting forms of discrimination women have faced, and continue to face, throughout American history and celebrates the diverse women who have fought, and continue to fight, discrimination at all level and in all forms. Nominations should be emailed to nwhpnominations@gmail.com. Nomination will be accepted through May 20, 2017. Nomination form on the NWHP web site. The nominee’s contributions should be of national significance and her work should amount to more than a single act or accomplishment. Nominations of women from diverse backgrounds are encouraged. Nominations can be of both living and deceased women. For details, contact the NWHP.

IN OTHER NEWS: The Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Commission will present a program on April 27th: “The Extraordinary Harriet Tubman: From Slavery to Freedom and Beyond” by Dr. Judith Wellman at the Niagara Falls Amtrak Station in collaboration with the Association for a Buffalo Presidential Center, the Erie County Commission on the Status of Women, and the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area. The Trailblazing Women Speaker Series celebrates the centennial year of women’s suffrage in New York State.

May 4 to 7, 2017 is the Spring Writers Literary Festival in Ithaca, NY, a four-day festival the first weekend in May hosted by the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County. Erica S. Brath Jennifer Cremerius, Rachel Dickinson, Barbara Mink, Liz Thompson, and hosts Stacey Murphy and Nora Snyder will present material from an anthology of writing related to women’s suffrage to be released in summer 2017. The anthology is a project of the Writers’ Block Party.

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.

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News Notes about ERA postcards & 2020 women’s suffrage movement centennial observances!

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Highlights of Suffrage Centennials: From now to 2020, go where the action is! on Vimeo.

The Alice Paul Institute is publishing five special-edition postcards in order to give everyone a boost when contacting elected representatives. Sign the pledge sponsored by the ERA coalition.

NEWS ABOUT UPCOMING BOOKS ABOUT THE SUFFRAGE MOVEMENT: Barbara F. Berenson is preparing a book on the suffrage movement in Massachusetts. She expects publication by early 2019. Berenson has authored two books on the Boston area; her day job is senior attorney for the MA Supreme Judicial Court.

2020 NEWS: A national task force is inspiring and tracking events celebrating a century of women voting in the United States. There has been activity in Ohio, Kentucky, and New York State where a suffrage centennial exhibit opened at the State Capitol in Albany, NY on March 1, 2017.

The WVCI (2020 Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative) has a logo and five state chairs that so far include New York, Ohio, Massachusetts, Virginia, Missouri, Arkansas, and Washington state. To become a state chair or become part of the planning process, contact centennial2020@nationalwomansparty.org  To receive the Suffrage 2020 list serv monthly or request information about how to post, send an email with a message to Suffrage2020@thezahnisers.com or contact jdzahniser@gmail.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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We’re off to women’s suffrage centennial events at Susan B. Anthony house in Rochester, New York

Follow the Spirit of 1776 wagon to the Susan B. Anthony Museum & House! on Vimeo.

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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