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Women’s History Month gifts and celebrations lead up to 2020 suffrage centennial!

Across the nation special community and school events are planned during Women’s History Month. Classroom teachers have been scheduling learning opportunities. Special posters, balloons, books, and party favors are available through web sites at historic sites and organizational gift shops.

Zoe Nicholson, for example, is busy during March of 2019 presenting programs about suffrage activist Alice Paul. Check out Zoe’s web site at missalicepaul.com

For example, some of Zoe’s programming…

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Blasts from the past—Long Island and its spies! PLUS suffrage centennial news!

TURN: Washington’s Spies shows Long Island in 1777 and Suffrage Wagon Cafe program shows what happened 100+ years later on Vimeo.


The TV special about George Washington’s spies in 2015 didn’t come and go without folks paying attention. There’s a connection between Long Island, the colonial spy network there, and the women’s suffrage movement. We also refer to the latter as the first wave of women’s rights activism in the nation.

An excellent article appeared on The New York History Blog (John Warren, editor) that gives more fascinating background on this part of our past. “Long Island’s Austin Roe: American Spy” by Michael DeBonis fills in more of the picture.


And it’s a woman, Rosalie Jones, a Long Island suffrage activist 100+ years later that demonstrates how the British occupation of New York City and Long Island still resonated with living memory of this past. The installation of a marker in the town of Huntington, NY in April 2018 is another reminder of this period of American history when the conflict over independence from England was still up in the air.

See article written by Huntington’s town historian, Robert Hughes.


Rosalie Jones was high profile first wave activist from Long Island.

Rosalie Jones: A high-profile Long Island Suffragist on Vimeo.


The incident involving Rosalie Jones, her mother Mary Jones, and Edna Kearns was commemorated in April of 2018 by the installation of a historic marker on the main street of Huntington, NY.

Unveiling of “Spirit of 1776” heritage road marker in Huntington, NY on Vimeo.


What did you plan for August 26th—Women’s Equality Day—this year? We’re supporting the building a base of support, in people’s homes and communities across the nation to make the date a federal holiday. There’s a growing audience to hear about opportunities to get together, share food, and passions. The National Women’s History Project has been working for over 40 years to write women into American history. This is part of the continuing effort. And making August 26th into a holiday is a priority of the National Women’s History Project, an organization now known as the National Women’s History Alliance.


The NWHP sponsored a centennial observance of the death of Inez Milholland in 1916. The centennial blog of this effort is still broadcasting the news. Stop by and say hello: InezMilholland.wordpress.com

And find out about the terrific 15-minute film, “Forward into Light,” that is perfect to view for your organization’s events for August 26th and all during 2020, an election year and centennial of US women voting. It’s a terrific introduction to the country’s suffrage martyr. Find out more at: InezMilholland.org


The New York State Museum in Albany, NY will exhibit the “Spirit of 1776” suffrage campaign wagon used by Edna Kearns (resident of Long Island and NYC) and others in organizing for women’s voting rights. Are you planning a trip in 2020? There’s a lot being planned NOW.


Here at Suffrage Centennials, we carry on. New York State is the “cradle” of the women’s rights movement in the United States. If you didn’t already visit the cradle in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, make plans for 2019 and 2020, the national suffrage centennial.

And visit our sister sites—Suffrage Wagon News Channel and LetsRockTheCradle.com

Get ready for 2020, the observance of 100 years since the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution when the nation’s women will have been voting for 100 years.

Happy Halloween from Suffrage Centennials!

Halloween program at Suffrage Wagon Cafe on Vimeo.

Happy Halloween from your friends at Suffrage Wagon Cafe and Suffrage Centennials!

Support Turning Point Suffragist Memorial. Donate so that the proposed memorial in Lorton, VA opens by its goal of 2020 when U.S women will have been voting for 100 years. Support the “Spirit of 1776” suffrage wagon at the New York State Museum. It is an important symbol of voting rights.

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First wave descendants in the news—Teacher guide, PLUS suffrage centennial updates!

Find out about the Suffrage Wagon Cafe’s grand opening in 2015!

Suffrage Wagon Cafe sponsoring special programs since 2015! on Vimeo


Join the August 26th annual “Toast to Tenacity,” sponsored each year by Vision 2020. This year’s event is Thursday, August 23, 2018—12 to 1 p.m.

August 18, 1920 was the actual date of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution. The official date of this celebration is August 26th. This is the 98th year since the ratification and already, the nation is gearing up for the 2020 observance, an election year. Get busy planning now. SuffrageCentennials.com will bring you all the related news that fits.


First wave descendant Coline Jenkins recently appeared on CBS morning news to talk about August 26th and Women’s Equality Day. Descendants of the first wave of women’s rights activists have a higher profile than ever. Jenkins is the great great granddaughter of Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Her high profile reflects years of her working behind the scenes with other descendants and interested citizens to bring the women’s suffrage movement out of obscurity and into the light. Descendants of Harriet Tubman and Ida B. Wells are making the news for special programs, including memorial statues.


The National Women’s History Project has put out a call for those interested in supporting August 26th (Women’s Equality Day) to be registered as a federal holiday. Find out more at the NWHP’s web site.


There are rumblings in the UK about a statue of Mrs. Pankhurst, the elder suffrage activist. Can there be too many statues of the famous leader? This is the controversy raging, well covered in the blog “Woman and her Sphere,” by Elizabeth Crawford. A planning application has been filed to dismantle one of the statues that’s causing backlash. Find out more.

A preview of the statue of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony planned for NYC’s Central Park is on exhibit through August 26th at the New York Historical Society, an American history museum and library located in New York City at the corner of 77th Street and Central Park West in Manhattan, founded in 1804 as New York’s first museum.


Raising money by first wavers to support their campaigning was a challenge. And it remains a challenge for organizations acknowledging the first wave as the 2020 suffrage centennial approaches. The National Women’s Hall of Fame is sponsoring a series of fundraisers to enable the organization to move to new quarters in Seneca Falls, NY. There’s a whole lot of fundraising going on.

Turning Point Suffragist Memorial in Lorton, VA plans to open in August 2020. It’s not clear yet whether the opening will feature a complete offering of history treasures or if it will be partial. Your contribution makes an enormous difference!

New York Archives has an educators’ guide that fleshes out the articles published in the periodical and provides a link to the state’s curriculum standards, or the New York State Social Studies Framework. Paired with two articles from the summer issue, the guide provides supporting questions to direct students in reading articles and responding to questions relative to understanding primary sources. nysarchivestrust.org

A special National Women’s History Project luncheon has been scheduled to announce the 2018 Women’s History Month honorees to be recognized at an inaugural awards luncheon and program on Saturday, August 18, 2018, from 11 am to 2:30 pm. Location: Hilton Oakland Airport located at One Hegenberger Road in Oakland, CA. Below: Offerings from the NWHP store, a great source of gifts and women’s history memorabilia.Winning the Vote

Work is underway to create a national women’s trail to be announced during 2020, the national suffrage celebration. A total of 27 states are now represented. If you would like to get involved, call or email NCWHS president, Marsha Weinstein. Phone: 502-819-2537

Email: mweinst413@gmail.com.)

All the news that can fit about suffrage centennials, news, views, and special events turned out to be too much for one blog. That is why Suffrage Wagon Cafe has been busy since March of 2015 sponsoring special programs. And the activity isn’t over yet. During 2017, the year of the suffrage centennial in New York State, thousands relied on Suffrage Wagon News Channel for news about the first wave of the women’s rights movement in the US.

Visit other suffrage-friendly platforms, including LetsRockTheCradle.com and SuffrageWagon.org

Follow SuffrageCentennials.com that has been publishing since 2013. Suffrage Wagon Cafe is a source of special programs and videos about the first wave in the US. Video about the cafe’s grand opening in March of 2015.


Suffragist Vigil 2017

Suffragist Vigil 2017

The Women’s March is scheduled for January 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. Find out about the details.

A vigil directly inspired by the U.S. women’s suffrage movement is scheduled for late January, from Sunday, January 29, 2017 through Saturday, February 4, 2017, EST at the United States Congress, the Supreme Court, and the White House in Washington, DC.

In the tradition of the suffrage movement, the Suffragist Vigil will be a week of a silent sentinels to highlight the ERA (he Equal Rights Amendment) and other burning issues. Participants will be stationed at the Capitol, the Supreme Court, and the White House. Spread the word that you follow SuffrageCentennials.com

IN OTHER NEWS: Check with the InezMilhollandCentennial.com web site for updates about the pending nomination of Milholland for a presidential citizens medal.

The Suffrage Wagon Cafe has been posting programs about our national suffrage martyr, Inez Milholland.

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Interview with director & producer of “10 Days in a Madhouse” by Marguerite Kearns

ksfr_logo_for_headerMarguerite Kearns spoke to Susan Goforth and Timothy Hines about the film, “10 Days in a Madhouse” that’s based on the investigative reporting of Nellie Bly. Listen by following the link.

"10 days in a Madhouse"Check in with the special program at Suffrage Wagon Cafe on November 8, 2015 about “10 Days in a Madhouse”, a production about trailblazing reporter Nellie Bly. “10 Days in a Madhouse” is based on a true story about Nellie, a suffrage activist and trailblazing investigative reporter who went undercover in a mental hospital before the turn of the 20th century. Nellie’s discoveries shocked the nation. The production features more than 90% women. The-Other-Side-(single-bill).png

Two contests: Turning Point Suffragist Memorial as well as unique opportunity from Womenon20s.org: “Name The People on The Other Side” (see above image): No cost to enter the contest. Submit the names of the 12 people featured on The Other Side on the form provided on the Womenon20s.org website. Essay Contest: Tell in 500-1000 words why commemorating women on currency is meaningful.  All entries will be sent as one package to the U.S. Treasury and U.S. President. Submitters will be eligible to receive a limited edition commemorative coin tribute and Final Four poster. Send entries to: women@womenon20s.org.

Turning Point Suffragist Memorial has an essay contest for undergraduate and graduate students across the nation.

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VIDEOS: “10 Days in a Madhouse,” new film release about reporter Nellie Bly

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10 Days in a Madhouse Trailer from TriCoast Studios on Vimeo.

A Nellie Bly special: Trade Cards from the collection of Kenneth Florey on Vimeo.

The film, “10 Days in a Madhouse,” opens in theaters across the U.S. soon. It’s a staggered release so don’t give up if it’s not playing right away in your town or city. Be patient. It’s worth the wait. And our video features vintage Nellie Bly trade cards from the collection of author Kenneth Florey. It’s a reminder of how reporter Nellie Bly was well known in her day. Ken is the author of American Woman Suffrage Postcards from McFarland Press (2015). He specializes in women’s suffrage memorabilia, and his books are worth ordering to make them part of your reference library.


Come January 2016 with the upcoming Academy Awards, the film “10 Days in a Madhouse” is likely to be talked about as a U.S. film with teaching and learning potential because of the period subject matter and a more than 90% women’s cast. The film that’s directed by Timothy Hines and produced by Susan Goforth brings to a wide audience the story of investigative reporter Nellie Bly. The cast includes Caroline Barry, Christopher Lambert, Kelly LeBrock, Julia Chantrey and others (Pendragon Pictures).

In this production, Nellie Bly goes undercover in 1887 to report on conditions at Blackwell’s Island, a mental institution. Her expose created waves all over the nation. And Nellie Bly opened the doors wide for women in journalism before the turn of the 20th century. We love Nellie Bly because of her women’s rights activism and her journalistic coverage of the suffrage movement that included a remarkable interview with Susan B. Anthony, her feature articles on suffrage conventions, as well as the 1913 suffrage parade in Washington, DC.


In an exclusive interview, producer Susan Goforth and director Timothy Hines had this to say about Nellie Bly and the making of the film, “10 Days in a Madhouse”:

Producer Susan Goforth: “The way Nellie Bly handled her newspaper assignments became a journey of her soul. She handled her subject matter with grace, openness, and accessibility while always wanting to tell the truth to the people.”

“Nellie Bly lived in a time when only 2% of the journalism jobs were held by women… She opened the door for all women to be taken seriously as reporters.”

Director Timothy Hines: “I owe this film to my mother who was born in 1917. I was the youngest of ten and I grew up hearing the tales of Nellie Bly from my mother. I’ve always been fascinated by Nellie’s writings. When my mother passed in 2008, this crystalized for me the things that are important in my life. I intend to devote the rest of my life to films about women’s rights and minority rights…”

“If Nellie Bly had been a man, there would be statues of her. She would be included in history lessons instead of being relegated to children’s books for girls alone.”

Librivox of Nellie BlyTEACHING RESOURCES: Librivox has “10 Days in a Madhouse” in audio. It’s free. A shorter selection is available, edited by Suffrage Wagon News Channel.

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Alice Paul Institute is 30 years old: Celebrate during Women’s History Month

VIDEO: Alice Paul Institute is having a birthday bash! on Vimeo.

Alice Paul Institute is celebrating its 30th year on March 19, 2015 by presenting the annual Alice Paul Equality Awards to its “Founding Mothers,” the organization’s eleven original board members. The birth of what’s now known as the Alice Paul Institute dates back to a small group of South Jersey NOW- Alice Paul Chapter members who were inspired by the Equal Rights Amendment. Their first task was to raise funds to purchase Alice Paul’s papers at auction, followed by the group’s incorporation as the Alice Paul Centennial Foundation. Then came the daunting task of raising the funds to purchase and save Paulsdale, Alice Paul’s childhood home. All of this happened and now after 30 years, the Alice Paul Institute is an established suffrage history-friendly organization with its tenacles in local, state, national and international issues and projects. The Alice Paul Equality Awards event will be held from 6-9 p.m. on March 19th at the Westin Mount Laurel, 555 Fellowship Road, Mount Laurel, NJ.

IN OTHER NEWS: March 28, 2015 is the grand opening of Suffrage Wagon Cafe.

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