Friendly reminders about events, plus Zoe’s suggestion for centennial programming!

Edna Buckman Kearns reflects on her past & the “Spirit of 1776” wagon! on Vimeo.

Registration on web site. $15. Online program, “Suffrage Wagons: The Winding Road to Voting Rights.”

Check out burial ground dedication for Edna Buckman Kearns at Quaker burial ground during October 2020. Date to be announced for October Zoom program.

Link to online dedication.


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The dream of historic markers to celebrate the 2020 suffrage centennial is coming closer to a reality. October 1, 2020 is the deadline to apply for a free historic marker in your community. The National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites has been working hard the past few years to establish a Votes for Women Trail across the United States. The historic markers are funded by the Pomeroy Foundation in NYS.

This entry was posted on September 18, 2020, in Blog.

Updates: Woodstock Historical Society, Suffrage Centennials news & more!


Special exhibition celebrates the 2020 Women’s Vote Centennial, on view through September 27

Rose O’Neill: Artist & Suffragette is a special installation created with recently acquired artwork, generously donated by The Rose O’Neill Foundation to Norman Rockwell Museum’s permanent collection of illustration art. This exhibition is especially meaningful as August 18, 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing and protecting women’s constitutional right to vote. Rose O’Neill (1874-1944) was strongly devoted to the cause, taking part in protests, public speaking, creating protest signs, magazine illustrations, and postcards advocating for women.

Born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and raised in rural Nebraska, self-taught illustrator O’Neill broke new ground for women in the worlds of art and publishing.

The Historical Society of Woodstock (NY) will sponsor an exhibit about Edna Kearns and Elisabeth Freeman, early women’s rights activists, during September 2020. Watch for updates here on

The centennial of the 19th Amendment—a special message on Vimeo. is anticipating the next suffrage centennial in 2023—100 years that US women have been working on an Equal Rights Amendment to the US Constitution.

Suffrage News about early women’s rights movement activists!! on Vimeo.


Check updates about the “Spirit of 1776” suffrage campaign wagon at Suffrage Wagon News Channel.

Visualize Inez Milholland being inducted in the National Women’s Hall of Fame. Support our US suffrage martyr. Visit

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Highlights of events from Suffrage Wagon News Channel


Details about the online program coming soon!


October 15, 2020. Zoom conference from 1-3 p.m. sponsored by of Santa Fe, NM. $15. Attend from any place on Planet Earth. Register at


Chances are that your grandparents, great grandparents, other family members and ancestors lobbied, picketed, agitated, and worked alongside the tens of thousands of US citizens who spent decades winning voting rights for women. The women’s voting rights victory was one of the largest civil rights campaigns of this nation spanning from before 1848 to 1920 and beyond.


Learn how suffrage wagons were used in rural areas and cities in parades, demonstrations, and special exhibits. Discover why the New York State Museum features the horse-drawn wagon used by Edna Kearns in its 2020 exhibition. Learn how New Mexico is celebrating the observance of US women voting during the national 2020 centennial of women’s voting rights. Across the nation, Americans are highlighting the passage and ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment to the US Constitution during 2020 by scheduling special events and celebrations. And perhaps without realizing it, you are involved in this long trail of struggle.

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Video Trailer: Voter suppression? Also, Renesan catalog features suffrage wagon program!

How will the 2020 election be decided? Controversy over voting rights, voter eligibility, and if the 2020 voting rights centennial has or has not achieved the intended results.


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August 26th—Women’s Equality Day!

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The feminists of the so-called “second wave” of the women’s rights movement are celebrating 2020 with an announcement of their presence.


Support August 26th (Women’s Equality Day) becoming a national holiday!

On Women’s Equality Day—August 26th—buildings and landmarks across the nation will light up in purple and gold, according to the federal Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission.

Rap and Roll to celebrate August 26th, Women’s Equality Day on Vimeo

Numerous web platforms, ad hoc groups, and women’s organizations have been active for years in terms of advocating for the 2020 women’s suffrage centennial. Monumental Women is one example.

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How are you celebrating August 26th? Are you participating in suffrage centennial events or digital programs online?

Follow the web page for updates on the second Inez Milholland film (now in production):

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19th Amendment Cocktail—a great non-alcoholic toast from our food and drink columnist! PLUS other centennial updates!

When the special glasses are set out on the table, and a toast to the early women’s rights movement is proposed—try this special recipe from our writer, Franco Salzillo, who prepared this drink to toast the 19th Amendment. Here’s his recommendation for a memorable toast to August 26th, Women’s Equality Day. Ed.

Let’s Have A Toast For Women’s Rights!

This year, 2020, marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution that guaranteed and protected women’s right to vote. This is quite a milestone, and a worthy occasion to have a toast.

The American social reformer and activist Susan B. Anthony once said, “There never will be complete equality until women themselves help to make laws and elect lawmakers.” We’ve made some progress when it comes to equality, but not without a struggle.

There’s still a long road ahead, and both women and men must come together every day to fight for what’s right. Here’s a gorgeous drink recipe to toast for women’s rights, because I can’t think of a better reason to raise our glasses.

Include a lovely Berry Baby Bellini, a berry-scented and fizzy alcohol-free cocktail reminiscent of summer on your “to do list.” This is a colorful drink is both fun and memorable, the perfect concoction for our very special toast.

 Berry Baby Bellini Recipe Serves 5, time 5 minutes


  • 1 cup assorted berries: blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, or similar
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 bottle of sparkling apple cider, alcohol-free
  • 5 flute stemmed glasses or tall glasses


  1. Add half the berries and sugar into a small bowl or container. Combine with a spoon and muddle until you get a smooth puree.
  2. Add two teaspoons of berry puree to each glass and fill halfway with sparkling apple cider. Stir gently.
  3. Add a few whole berries to each glass, top with cider, and serve.

About the author

Franco Salzillo is a food and wine writer, and a certified sommelier with ten years of experience in the hospitality industry. He’s most happy when writing about tasty food and drink.



We can’t list all of the August 26th events scheduled. There hundreds. The national Women’s History Alliance has attempted to assemble a list. Go to their web site and dig around. Theatre. Zoom panel discussions. Praise. Criticism. Databases. Much more. This August 26th is the largest turnout of individuals and organizations and government than ever before. The events listed here represent one of many. Great news!


Visit the Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Association web site for details.


Support the Equal Rights Amendment during 2020. US women have been supporting an equal rights amendment to the US Constitution since 1923. Almost 100 years. Visualize more activists and early women’s rights participants being inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.

Ring Bells for Equality Day!

As part of its 2020 activities to commemorate the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage, the Smithfield Community Association (SCA) in Peterboro NY will ring the bell in the tower of the Smithfield Community Center (SCC) nineteen times to celebrate the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution which stated that … the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged…on account of sex.  The Peterboro United Methodist Church bell, across the Pleasant Valley Road, will join the SCC bell ringing.  The Peterboro organizations invite groups and individuals in the county to join the bell ringing at 6:19 p.m. on Wednesday, August 26, 2020. has been publishing since 2013.

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VIDEOS: Plus, Suffrage Centennials goes beyond 2020!

Sojourner Truth is honored during this centennial year, especially with the unveiling of a statue honoring the early women’s rights movement scheduled for Central Park in New York City.

Some incredible programming is coming with August 26th in mind this year. Last night, for example, the cast of “The Suffragist” hosted a conversation about the delay of the production due to the pandemic closures. A song honoring Inez Milholland, the US suffrage martyr, was fabulous, and perhaps it stood out even more due to the digital format.

Finding Justice Documentary Promo from Justice Bell Foundation on Vimeo.

Pandemic results in delays in viewing “Spirit of 1776” wagon in 2020! on Vimeo.

A Suffrage Wagon Cafe program coming soon! on Vimeo.

We won’t be closing up shop after 2020 is over. Because of the public health emergency, many voting rights centennial celebrations were delayed or cancelled altogether. Keep on your list to check over the next year.

And in 2023, US women will have been working on an Equal Rights Amendment to add to its Constitution for 100 years.

The above promotional copy about the 2020 women’s voting rights centennial is from the Gazette, a publication of the National Women’s History Alliance.


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VIDEO—Join with the voting rights “Toast for Tenacity” originating from Philadelphia!

We are proud participants in the Vision 2020 effort to celebrate August 26th. On the 26th of August, or Women’s Equality Day, we’re supporting the “Toast to Tenacity,” the moment when we can join together —across all kinds of boundaries—and raise our glasses to celebrate an accomplishment of the past that is affecting us today and into the future—the expansion of the right to vote.

You can raise your glass and join with friends. Here’s the announcement from Vision 2020’s web platform:

“… Vision 2020 is hosting its annual Toast to Tenacity, on August 26, 2020 in honor of Women’s Equality Day!
“Every year we raise a glass of grape juice, as the suffragists did due to prohibition, to toast to those who fought for women’s voting rights, and this year marks the official centennial of the 19th amendment.
“If you are planning to host a toast this year, complete a Google Form so we can feature you in the official Women 100 Toast to Tenacity livestream and/or in our newsletter and social media channels. Whether your team is toasting from the comfort of their own homes, safely gathering with others, or hosting a virtual program, we want to hear about it and possibly feature you!
How to Get Involved
“Please refer to our *updated* Toast to Tenacity Toolkit, where you will find a wealth of information. From understanding the history of the suffrage movement to tagging #ToastToTenacity on social media, everything you need to know is in the toolkit. Complete the Google Form, even if your plan is to remain cozy at home with coffee as you raise your mug for a toast. We love seeing the variety of experiences tagged on social media.”
Joyce Lewandowski, from Vision 2020

A Toast to those who came before us! Special from Suffrage Wagon News Channel  on Vimeo.

Thanks to Franco Salzillo, food and drink writer, for the Nineteenth Amendment toast recipe. has been publishing since 2013.

Meneese Wall’s suffrage book released in August 2020!

  • About the Author

When Meneese Wall’s daughter asked why her American History classes were all about men, Meneese decided she had to help write women back into our sphere of historical influence. She believes curiosity and aesthetics matter. Understanding history helps inform our present and our future while beauty, in its many forms, makes our journey all the more enjoyable. Writing and illustrating We Demand The Right To Vote is Meneese’s contribution to each American’s history education, with the hope it will inspire a more inclusive society through knowledge of how, in part, we arrived at today’s societal norms.

  • Book Summary– Ever wonder what our foremothers were doing while our forefathers were making recorded history? And what did these women do to claim their social and political power to change their circumstances?

We Demand the Right to Vote: The Journey to the 19th Amendment introduces readers to American women’s civil rights movement known as “Women’s Suffrage”—women’s 72-year struggle for social and political equality that culminated in their winning the right to vote via the 19th Amendment. With that right well in hand, women could change their worlds.

Written in a conversational, easy-to-read style, this illustrated historical account commences with Native American cultural influences and continues with women’s conventions, arrests, trials, petitions, battles won, and those lost to reveal society’s slow acceptance of women’s involvement outside of their socially prescribed realm. Throughout the book’s journey, enchanting artwork—inspired by historical events, people, quotes, and memorabilia—visually illustrates the various pivotal moments chronicled in each chapter.

We Demand the Right to Vote is an overview from the national perspective of this defining period in women’s history which is not taught in schools. Both a history book and an art book, We Demand The Right To Vote is ideal for audiences of all ages—an enjoyable, beautiful, and rousing read worth further exploration.

  • What Makes This Book Unique

– Most books about the American Women’s Civil Rights Movement—known as Women’s Suffrage—focus on a particular person or timeframe within women’s 72-year struggle for enfranchisement—1848 to 1920. We Demand The Right To Vote, however, is an overview from the national perspective of this entire pivotal period in American history. Through writing that quickly informs and illustrations that bring history alive, readers learn the sequence of events that led to women winning their right to vote via the passage of the 19th Amendment.

– As an overview of this pivotal time in history, We Demand The Right To Vote empowers readers with the big picture about women’s journey to the 19th Amendment, thereby allowing them to better choose the areas of this history in which they wish to delve deeper, through other books that focus on more singular aspects of women’s history.

– We Demand is terrific for readers whose aim is to achieve an overall understanding of women’s civil rights movement without having to read numerous books to boast the same knowledge.

– We Demand is the only short illustrated all-ages history book about women’s 72-year struggle to win enfranchisement offered for this 2020 centennial.

– We Demand begins with the influence of Native American women, where other books in this space do not include this cultural impact.

– We Demand The Right To Vote is both a history book and an art book.

  • Book Information

Title – We Demand The Right To Vote: The Journey to the 19th Amendment

Author & Illustrator – Meneese Wall

Publisher – Paxton Press

Release Date – August 1, 2020

ISBN – 978-1-7349010-0-9

Format – 8×10 Paperback

Retail Price – $21.95

Author Bio – Meneese Wall is a writer and graphic artist. Her work is inspired by the public, private, and often secret lives of real people. She lives in Santa Fe, NM.

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