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Fundraising with 2020 in mind, plus more suffrage centennial events!

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

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN NYS’s SUFFRAGE CENTENNIAL: VoteTilla is a week-long navigational celebration scheduled for along the Erie Canal from July 17-22, 2017. With five rented canal boats, the entourage will leave from Seneca Falls, NY and travel to Rochester, NY where there will be a parade and celebration at the National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House.

The transformation of the 1844 Seneca Knitting Mill in Seneca Falls, NY is underway. This historic building is located on a branch of the Erie Canal system. A fundraising campaign is underway to change it into a permanent home for the National Women’s Hall of Fame. The adaptive rehabilitation of the mill will strengthen public awareness of women’s history and preserve this historic structure and honor the laborers, primarily women, who worked in the mill until its closure in 1999.


The National Woman’s Party is entrusted with a historically valuable collection of women’s history artifacts, including the picket banners used 100 years ago that are seriously in need of repair for display at the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument in Washington, DC as well as public institutions across the country. An immediate priority for the 2020 suffrage centennial is the original “Failure is Impossible” banner, circa 1913-1917 that requires immediate conservation treatment. The Belmont-Paul national monument staff is halfway to its goal of $5,000 to begin the restoration process.

EVENTS IN JUNE: On June 17, 2017 the Shaker Museum in New Lebanon, NY will celebrate women’s rights with the exhibition “Break Every Yoke: Shakers, gender equality, and women’s suffrage.” The exhibition traces the evolution of Shaker gender relations from the earliest prophecies of Mother Lee to the struggles of Shakers in the fight for universal suffrage. The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with a free picnic on the lawn at the North Family. For information: (518) 794-9100 ext.220. Admission is free. Also on June 17, the Yates County History Center in Penn Yann, NY will open the exhibit “Political Postcards” at the L. Caroline Underwood Museum on June 17. Also explore the women’s suffrage exhibit “Hear Our One Voice.”

On June 18, the Captain David Crawford House of Newburgh, NY will feature the city’s suffrage activists at the Newburgh Historical Society. Newburgh was selected in 1895 to be the site of the Women’s Suffrage Convention. Admission is free for Newburgh Historical Society members.

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NEWS BREAK: The proposed Harriet Tubman national park might fit on Santa’s sleigh this year!

News Break for Suffrage CentennialsVIDEO: You’ve come to the right place to get the video update about how the U.S. Congress has a good chance of passing the proposed legislation creating and funding a Harriet Tubman National Park. The Tubman park and the national women’s history museum are tacked onto a defense authorization bill that has a lot of other projects that would probably otherwise not pass Congress. Sad that worthy projects can’t be addressed on their own merit. This leaves the “Votes for Women” trail in upstate New York hanging. Here’s hoping the park will be up and ready for the New York State suffrage centennial in 2017 and the national suffrage centennial in 2020. Follow SuffrageCentennials.com

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Suffragist and abolitionist Harriet Tubman still center of attention in centennial of her death

Harriet Tubman historic site, Auburn, NYThe politics of the Harriet Tubman historic site in Auburn, New York becoming a national park is very much in the news. Since 2013 is the centennial year of Tubman’s death, there is considerable interest in this subject that was compounded when U.S. President Obama visited Seneca Falls, NY in August and then stayed overnight only a few miles from the Tubman home and museum without visiting it. The no-show ruffled some feathers, while others were more philosophical about the event. The Auburn, NY Harriet Tubman historic site is located in the “Cradle” of the women’s rights movement in the U.S. which is located in the Finger Lakes region of New York. A bill is in the U.S. Congress to make Tubman historic sites in NYS and Maryland one national park. The politics of this possibility are highlighted in these two accounts by Marguerite Kearns and Olivia Twine in New York History: Article #1. Article #2. Kearns and Twine can be found on LetsRockTheCradle.com

Photo: Hospital building on the Harriet Tubman historic site in Auburn, NY. 

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