The “Spirit of 1776” heritage road marker unveiling in Huntington, NY in April 2018 is part of an ongoing effort by the William G. Pomeroy Foundation, in collaboration with citizens and interested Americans, to bring the nation’s history out in the open.
Antonia Petrash of the Long Island Woman Suffrage Association, Ellyn Okvist of the Lake Ronkonkoma Association, Professor Natalie Naylor, the Islip area branch of the American Association of University Women, the Islip Historical Society, and Suffrage Wagon News Channel are among the advocates on the ground on Long Island (NY) to create a visible and publicly supported suffrage trail to encourage and support cultural heritage tourism.
Among the suffrage markers already installed on Long Island through the Pomeroy Foundation and other supporters are tribute markers to Ellen Sherman Pratt, Florence Gibb Pratt, Abigail E. Leonard, M. Olivia Sage, Mary L. Booth, Lillian Devere, May Croot Manson, Louisine W. Havemeyer, the “Spirit of 1776” suffrage wagon used by activist Edna Kearns, and others. Four plaques have been placed on buildings so far to honor activists.
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The League of Women Voters faces the hard truth about its origins and continues moving forward. See blog posting.
Historic sites with a suffrage movement angle are offering programs to enhance this theme with the approach of 2020, the nation’s suffrage centennial. One of these sites is the Vanderbilt family’s former home in Centerpoint, NY on 180 Little Neck Road where through September 2, 2018 there will be tours with a woman’s suffrage theme on Saturdays and Sundays, 12:30, 1,2,3 and 4 p.m., $8 per person, available at the door. For more information: 631-854-5579 or vanderbiltmuseum.org
The year 2020 is when U.S. women will have been voting for 100 years. It’s the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution. For the past decade, efforts like the heritage road markers have been underway. The Pomeroy Foundation marker program, as well as many others, are part of this preparation. Plan a trip this summer to see some of the suffrage heritage markers already in place.
Does your state have a state suffrage commission, either funded or unfunded? Have you or your organization made plans for how you will celebrate 2020?
It’s not too early to start working on an event for 2020.
LetsRockTheCradle.com has a great article about Linda McKenney about what it has been like to step into Susan B. Anthony’s shoes. Take a look. Part II of the article is planned for August 23, 2018. Suffrage Wagon News Channel is a sister site to SuffrageCentennials.com