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MATILDA JOSLYN GAGE CLASSIC—PROGRAM
Kathleen Bishop will discuss the classic, Woman, Church and State, by Matilda Joslyn Gage originally published in 1893. The program is scheduled for October 23, 8:30 p.m., at the Gage house in Fayetteville, NY. This work was so controversial that the local school library would not allow the book on their shelves, and Anthony Comstock threatened to arrest anyone who allowed young people to have access to it. These writings continue to be controversial today but explain a great deal why women have not gained full rights as predicted by Gage. She understood that political power involved more than gaining the right to vote but also included awareness and changing of the power the church and state. As an additional feature, Bishop, who is an antique collector, will present her experience of hunting for treasures for the Oz room at the Fayetteville, NY site and the importance of antiques that she found. Admission is $15.
ABOUT THE SUFFRAGE WAGON
The “Spirit of 1776″wagon is more than an artifact of New York State’s suffrage organizing. It is also a symbol of the theme of “patriotic protest” express throughout the nation. Support the New York State Museum in putting the wagon used by Edna Kearns on permanent exhibit. The video featured in this post has a representative sampling of photos of the wagon over the years. A multi-media web platform has highlighted the “Spirit of 1776” wagon since 2009. Follow SuffrageWagon.org
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Word is spreading about the importance of the suffrage movement in American history. And the subject matter takes over the local news when someone like Bernice Ende rides into Rochester and Fayetteville, NY to tell people that’s she’s honoring our suffrage ancestors when she talks about suffrage centennials. Ende is from Montana, one of two states honoring its suffrage centennial in 2014. Recently she stopped in Rochester to visit Susan B. Anthony’s grave and then carved out a visit to the Susan B. Anthony House before heading to Fayetteville and the Matilda Joslyn Gage Center. Friends and neighbors in both towns spread out a red carpet for Bernice. And for good reason!
Figuring that Bernice didn’t have much time to spend on a computer crafting a quote for this web site, we suggested that Bernice offer up a single sentence to sum up her ride. So she sent back a reply: “What do you say to a woman who devoted her life to unlocking doors you now freely walk thru? What do you say to the woman who cleared what was once a pitiful path to become what is now a free-way that I travel on? I simply couldn’t believe I was witnessing such an important region! AND the appreciation I felt to the women who work to keep this history alive. Goodness, you all need to be applauded. I know Susan would be proud of you.” Bernice understands the importance of putting both Gage and Anthony on her priority list and telling others about their remarkable lives and contributions. She’s modeling how to put the spirit of the suffrage activists to work in our own lives. Bernice’s web site.
Bernice says that if she rides into your town, she’s available to present a slideshow on women’s suffrage. So contact her at email@example.com if you’d like to schedule a presentation. See her blog for the route of travel.
Photos of Bernice Ende in Rochester, NY by John Adamski. Photo #1 at Susan B. Anthony’s grave: Bernice and Deborah Hughes of the Susan B. Anthony House. Photo #2: Bernice at the Susan B. Anthony House on 17 Madison Street in Rochester, NY.