Pomeroy Foundation officials say their centennial marker grant program is proving to be popular. The organization is collaborating with Humanities New York to make community markers available to strengthen cultural heritage tourism and bring much needed attention to people, places, and parts of history more Americans want to know about.
The above graphic shows part of a leaflet distributed by the Pomeroy Foundation with thanks to Suffrage Wagon News Channel. Many activists have worked with local communities and citizens to fund over 300 markers so far, and there are more to come.
The leaflet features the marker program combined with America’s suffrage martyr—a combination that will prove to be popular as 2020 approaches—the centennial celebration of women voting in the United States.
The National Women’s History Project devoted a year in 2016 to bring Inez MIlholland to public attention on the centennial of her death in 1916. Marguerite Kearns and Robert P.J. Cooney Jr. coordinated the effort. Martha Wheelock produced a 15-minute film in 2015 on Inez Milholland that has turned the tide as far as public opinion is concerned.
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The League of Women Voters nationally has been filing in court to preserve the electoral system. This includes suits in North Carolina and Arizona. The first wave of the women’s rights movement in the US worked long and hard to win voting rights for women. Now there are centennial observances coming up which bring up the issue of the health of the electoral system and widespread attempts to undermine it.
September 17, 2018 is Constitution Day. Make sure you have something planned as a celebration. Our special interest is in the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution. If you didn’t get it on your calendar for 2018, make sure it’s there for planning purposes in 2019 and 2020.
The City of New York has set aside $10 million over the next four years through the Department of Cultural Affairs to diversify public art. Members of the public sent in close to 2,000 suggestions about who the candidates for memorials and statues might be.
Follow the centennial blog on Inez Milholland, the U.S. suffrage martyr: