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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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Suffrage centennial events link food with women’s rights programming!

Food and Activism go together: From Suffrage Wagon Cooking School on Vimeo.

Suffrage Wagon Cooking School promotes vintage voting rights cookbooks with fundraisers, programs, and special celebrations. It’s fun. It’s authentic. And something we’re finding more often as the long struggle to win voting rights. Stop by the cooking school. Find out about demonstrations and tips.

OTHER SUFFRAGE NEWS:Beyond Suffrage: A Century of Women in New York Politics” opens October 11, 2017 at the Museum of the City of New York. 

Massachusetts has a suffrage centennial web site.

Women will Vote is one book due to be published in September 2017 from Cornell University Press that puts the suffrage organizing to win the vote in perspective. This has been difficult because the struggle took decades and encompassed many different organizations, strategies and tactics.

Hundreds of voting organizations and activists of many types worked for the same goal of voting rights for women. No one individual or organization stood for the varied tactics and goals of what many considered an impossible task of uniting American women under one banner of Votes for Women. There were tens of thousands of grassroots activists. While one organization may have made decisions to support one platform, dozens of other organizations chose other positions and strategies to reach the same goal.

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More programs about women’s rights during 2017!

Patriotic protest women’s suffrage movement artifact on exhibit during 2017! from on Vimeo.

EqualiTEA on August 26, 2017, 2-4 p.m. in Lorton, VA. Turning Point Suffragist Memorial.

“HEAR THEM ROAR:   THE FIGHT FOR WOMEN’S RIGHTS” is a devised & environmental theatre performance directed by Nan Smithner. Program in Educational Theatre. LOCATION: Black Box Theatre. ADMISSION: $15 General, $5 Students & Seniors. For tickets, contact New York University box office. ONLINE: tickets.nyu.edu. BY PHONE: 212-998-4941. IN PERSON: 566 LaGuardia Place (at Washington Square South). Performances: Friday, October 20 at 8 pm Saturday, October 21 at 8 pm Sunday, October 22 at 3 pm Thursday, October 26 at 8 pm Friday, October 27 at 8 pm Saturday, October 28 at 8 pm Sunday, October 29 at 3 pm.

Genesee Country Village & Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Road, Mumford, will host a women’s suffrage centennial luncheon at 11 a.m. Sept. 23. Sally Roesch Wagner will present “The Rest of the Story of the Suffrage Movement,” a dialogue about the issues of equality raised by the country’s suffrage foremothers. The luncheon will feature rebel soup and salmagundi served with suffrage salad dressing, from suffragette cookbooks published from 1886-1920 to raise money for the cause. The museum will offer activities that highlight equality efforts made by women during the 19th century.Cost is $40-$45 and includes admission to the museum. To purchase tickets, visit bit.ly/2uYxItW.

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Suffrage Centennial News Notes 2017

GET INVOLVED WITH “PROTECTING THE LEGACY”

“Protecting the Legacy” is a state-wide effort in Tennessee to digitize oral histories, photographs, documents, and other memorabilia on African American women’s political activity, voting history and suffrage. The project is organized by Chick History, a women’s history nonprofit, in partnership with Humanities Tennessee and a diverse set of committees and partners across Tennessee – as part of a statewide project to commemorate the upcoming centennial of the passage and ratification of the 19th Amendment in 2020.

The history project is looking for stories, photographs, letters, and family history about African-American women and activism as well as stories and experiences of early African-American women voters, 1930 and earlier. For more information about participating, please visit www.protect.chickhistory.org or email: info@chickhistory.com. The project will continue over the next two years.

OUTREACH FROM THE OFFICE OF STATE HISTORY IN NEW YORK

News and information relevant to the history profession in New York State, including new digital and public history projects, events, scholarship, as well as reflections and suggestions on teaching and writing, reviews of (new and old) historically-oriented movies, TV shows, and books. To contribute, contact the Office of State History via email at: statehistory@nysed.gov with a short pitch.

THE 19TH AMENDMENT TO THE U.S. CONSTITUTION —CELEBRATE ON AUGUST 26TH

The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States of by any State on account of sex. On August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment was added to the U.S. Constitution, and women in America finally gained the legal right to vote.

For 97 years, women and men across the county have recognized this special observance. Rep. Bella Abzug (D-NY), had the U.S. Congress designate August 26 as “Women’s Equality Day” in 1971 to commemorate the 1920 certification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.

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Roadside markers are an important part of 2017 suffrage centennial!

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Inspiration for visiting Harriet Tubman’s home, plus other historic sites! on Vimeo.

Roadside markers are being erected throughout New York State as part of the Pomeroy Foundation’s funding program. The most recent was to honor Helen Hinsdale Rich placed in front of the Richville (NY) Public Library. Nineteen historic markers in 12 counties, were established in July 2017 to commemorate women gaining the right to vote in New York State. Richville historian Lila Youngs says Helen Hinsdale Rich, and her husband Moses, raised their family in Richville, where Helen became well-known as a poet, and first took her stand for women’s suffrage. She studied at St. Lawrence University before traveling around the country writing and speaking in favor of women’s rights. She was a member of the National Woman’s Suffrage Committee in the 1890s.

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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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Planning an outing in July? Seneca Falls, NY is the place to go!

News Notes for Women’s Suffrage Centennial events & celebrations! on Vimeo.

Mark your calendar for Friday, July 14, 2017 from 5:30 to 9:30 pm at the New York Chiropractic College in Seneca Falls, NY. Tickets are $60 each. For reservations, call (315) 568- 5838 or stop by The Seneca Falls It’s a Wonderful Life Museum, 32 Fall St., Seneca Falls. For more information, call (315) 568-5838.

The celebration on July 14 is part of the NYS suffrage centennial, launched with a Thanksgiving Dinner Gala entitled “A Fine Agitation” followed by the premiere of a one-woman play about Dr. Mary Walker, the only American woman to receive the Medal of Honor. The dinner, being served at at the New York Chiropractic College, will be based on a 1916 Thanksgiving menu from The Hoag House, precursor to The Gould Hotel.

The gala will also commemorate the Centennial of the first woman elected to Congress, Jeanette Rankin from Montana. All women currently serving in Congress will be recognized as well as the 50th anniversary of Another Mother for Peace. Born in Oswego, New York, Dr. Mary Walker was one of the earliest women in the United States to earn a medical degree. When the Civil War broke out in 1861, she volunteered to work on the battlefields caring for the wounded. Denied a commission as a medical officer because she was a woman, she volunteered and was eventually appointed assistant surgeon. Captured in 1864, she spent four months as a prisoner of war in a Richmond prison. Dr. Walker lectured throughout the United States and abroad on women’s rights, equality, dress reform, health and temperance issues. She rejected corsets and hoop-skirted dresses, preferring to wear men’s trousers, jackets and a top hat.She was arrested in New York City for impersonating a man. Dr. Mary Walker was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls in 2000.

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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 centennials inspire cooks in the kitchen, plus event news notes!

The 2017 New York suffrage centennial is inspiring fans to cook up a storm!  on Vimeo.

It’s not only New Yorkers who are inspired by the 2017 state centennial to cook a special recipe during the centennial celebrations. Invite friends and family members over for an afternoon tea, a fundraiser, an outdoor picnic or dinner.

A PROGRAM ABOUT SUFFRAGE AND BICYCLES

The Clermont State Historic Site in the Hudson Valley of NYS will celebrate the centennial of women’s suffrage in New York State with “Woman on a Wheel,” a history ride program, on June 17, 2017. Kjirsten Gustavson will visit the site at 10 a.m. in her reproduction 1890s bicycle costume to talk about the impact of the bike on women’s social status in the years before the vote. After a short discussion, visitors will be invited to jump on their own bikes to join Gustavson on a five-mile trip on the site’s wooded trails. Lemonade and treats will be served at in the Visitors’ Center at the ride’s end. Call (518) 537-4240 to reserve a spot. The price is $5 per adult. Children under 12 are free. Children 14 years old and younger are required to wear a helmet.

WHAT THE SUFFRAGE ACTIVISTS FACED:

Oneida Public Library

Dr. Roxanna Pisiak, a professor of Humanities at Morrisville State College, will present a lecture on “The 19th-Century Upstate Response to Women’s Suffrage,” at Oneida Public Library on Thursday, June 8, at 7 p.m.

Based on her research into the 19th-century upstate New York press and the writings of the region’s leading politicians, clerics and intellectuals, Pisiak will highlight the hostility, ridicule and hurdles suffrage activists faced. Many of their adversaries were educated women shocked by calls for women’s equality with men.

The program is made possible by an Action Grant from Humanities New York as part of the Oneida Public Library’s observance of the state’s suffrage centennial. The program is free.

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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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