This week on “The Historians” podcast, Tom Lindsay, who performs with Michael Eck as the folk duo Lost Radio Rounders, has songs from American Presidential elections going back to an 1840 musical tribute to Martin Van Buren. You can listen to the podcast here. Continue reading
One hundred years ago, on October 22, 1916, Inez Milholland Boissevain gave a powerful suffrage speech in Los Angeles. At one point, she directed a question at Woodrow Wilson: “Mr. President, how long must women wait for liberty?” As those words echoed through the hall, Inez collapsed on stage.
Today, New York State prepares to celebrate the centennial of women’s suffrage and the nation approaches an historic election – a woman is the presidential nominee of a major political party. The importance of casting a vote on November 8, 2016, seems obvious, and the right to vote taken for granted. But consider that women in New York State could not vote in Congressional or Presidential elections a hundred years ago. However, after decades of campaigning for women’s suffrage, it appeared that momentum was building in 1916. One woman from New York helped spur the forces to move “forward into light.” Continue reading
Old Songs, Inc. presents a concert of 19th–20th century songs from the Women’s Suffrage Movement on Friday, November 18 and Saturday, November 19, 2016, at 7:30 pm at the Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 South Main St., Voorheesville, NY.
With narrative, and songs that women sang during the suffrage movement between 1848 and 1920, this two-act concert tells the story of how American women won the right to vote. This is the story of one of the most innovative and successful non-violent civil rights efforts in our country. Continue reading
A new National Park Service theme study identifying places and events associated with the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer-identified Americans has been released.
LGBTQ America: A Theme Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer History is believed to be a first of its kind study conducted by a national government to chronicle historical places, documents, people and events that shaped the LGBTQ civil rights movement in America. Continue reading
This week on “The Historians” podcast, Matt Ryan of WMHT public television discusses his documentary, “Mario Cuomo: Poetry and Prose,” that features interviews and archival video from the long-running statewide program “Inside Albany.”
You can listen to the podcast here. Continue reading
On April 30, 1789, George Washington became the first President of the United States. Between 1789 and 1825, five men would serve as president. Four of them hailed from Virginia.
Many of us know details about the lives and presidencies of Washington, Jefferson, and Madison. But what do we know about the life and presidency of the fourth Virginia president, James Monroe?
In this episode of the Ben Franklin’s World podcast, we explore the public and private life of James Monroe with Sara Bon-Harper, Executive Director of James Monroe’s Highland, the 535-acre farm and home of James Monroe. You can listen to the podcast here: www.benfranklinsworld.com/103
Millard Powers Fillmore, or “Powers” as he was commonly known, was a Harvard educated man. An avid outdoor’s man trained in the law, Powers held a position in the White House by the age of twenty-two, serving as his father’s personal secretary.
He was short and stout, but handsome like his father, and had gained a reputation as a “good lawyer and sound thinker,” at a young age. His circumstances probably provided him plenty of opportunities to fraternize with women and other social elites of the time. Continue reading
One of the ways of demonstrating the work we do is to show the value of history for revealing historical precedents, insights or parallels which help shed light on current issues. We might call it “putting history to work.”
Four examples from the past few weeks: Continue reading
In light of recent events in the world of American politics, the National Susan B Anthony Museum & House has reiterated its nonpartisan educational mission in a statement to the press distancing itself from conservative organizations using Susan B. Anthony’s name. Continue reading
In the midst of the Jazz Age, while Americans were making merry, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was stricken by polio and withdrew from public life. From 1924 to 1926, believing that warm water and warm air would help him walk again, he spent the winter months on his new houseboat, the Larooco, sailing the Florida Keys, fishing, swimming, playing Parcheesi, entertaining guests, and tending to engine mishaps.
During his time on the boat, he kept a nautical log describing each day’s events, including rare visits by his wife, Eleanor, who was busy carving out her own place in the world. Missy LeHand, his personal assistant, served as hostess aboard the Larooco. Continue reading