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Utica: Citizenship, Sufferage Around the World Dec 2nd


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oneida county history center logoOn Saturday, December 2nd from 1 to 3 pm, SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s History-Interdisciplinary Studies “Gender Issues in World History” class, with Professor Kristina Boylan, will share their semester-long research comparing citizenship and suffrage struggles in New York State and around the world.

This family friendly program in Utica includes creative, interactive stories and activities about these activists and their achievements for children in first grade and up. Free and open to the public.  Continue reading

New Book Celebrating New York’s Suffrage Centennial


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votes for women bookJennifer A. Lemak and Ashley Hopkins-Benton’s new book Votes For Women: Celebrating New York’s Suffrage Centennial (Excelsior Editions, 2017) chronicles the history of the women’s rights and suffrage movements in New York State and examines the important role the state played in the national suffrage movement.

The work for women’s suffrage received a boost more than seventy years before the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment at the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848 when Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, and one hundred supporters signed the Declaration of Sentiments asserting that “all men and women are created equal.”

This convention served as a catalyst for debates and action on both the national and state level, and on November 6, 1917, New York State passed the referendum for women’s suffrage. Its passing in New York signaled that the national passage of suffrage would soon follow. On August 18, 1920, “Votes for Women” were constitutionally granted. Continue reading

Story Map: NYC Landmarks and The Vote at 100


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nyc landmark preservation commissionNew York Citys Landmarks Preservation Commission has launched NYC Landmarks and The Vote at 100, an interactive story map commemorating the centennial of women’s suffrage in New York State through the lens of New York City landmarks.

The story map enables viewers to learn the history of more than 40 designated sites associated with the advancement of the suffrage movement for American women. Text, photographs, maps and video, weave an account of the movement in a seven-part narrative that includes sections on the mainstream movement and well as the specific contributions of young insurgents, labor activists, and African American suffragists. Continue reading

Women’s Suffrage in Putnam County Talk Sunday


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Hopkins Mrs. Chauncey 1918Putnam County Historian Dr. Sarah Johnson will lead a lecture entitled “Votes for Women! Putnam County in the Struggle for Women’s Suffrage,” sponsored by the Putnam Valley Historical Society, on Sunday, November 12 at 1 pm.

In Putnam County, the push for Women’s Suffrage began to heat up by the early 1890s and continued through the 1910s, with setbacks including the defeat in the election of 1915 in New York State. Numerous local women’s suffrage supporters gained traction for the movement by hosting and giving talks, organizing booths at local civic events, and marching in Albany and Washington, D.C. Continue reading

Rockland Co Women’s Suffrage Rally and March Nov 5th


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suffrageThe Historical Society of Rockland County, League of Women Voters, and New City Library will hold a March & Rally to commemorate the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage in New York State, on Sunday, November 5, 2017, from 12 to 4 pm, at the Rockland County Courthouse and HSRC History Center.

To honor the centennial Women’s Suffrage in New York, a historical rally will be held in New City, Rockland County’s seat, with a march to the Courthouse steps. Marchers will gather at noon in the parking lot behind the county’s Sain Building (8 New Hempstead Road). Continue reading

100th Anniv of Women Winning Right to Vote Event


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Nellie Childs Smith (1885 – 1972) of Eureka with her sisters, 1911.On Sunday, November 5 at 2 pm, The Right to Vote: 100th Anniversary Commemoration will be held at the Time and the Valleys Museum in Grahamsville, Sullivan County.

The program starts with Charles Ford of Newburgh giving a talk on: “The Making of the Nineteenth Amendment”, including early movements from 1800-1834, suffrage movements around the world and suffrage champions including Harriet Beecher Stowe, Elizabeth Stanton, Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglas, Sojourner Truth and Alice Paul. Continue reading

Susan Goodier ‘Women Will Vote!’ Talk at Staatsburgh


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women will vote book coverIn celebration of the centenary of New York women obtaining the right to vote, Staatsburgh State Historic Site will host a book talk and signing by Susan Goodier, co-author of, Women Will Vote! Winning Suffrage in New York State, recently released by Cornell University Press, on Saturday, October 28th.

Staatsburgh was the home of prominent social hostess Ruth Livingston Mills and her husband, financer Ogden Mills. Recent evidence has come to light suggesting that Ruth Mills supported the suffrage cause. The 79-room mansion on the Hudson River showcases the opulent lifestyle enjoyed by the wealthy elite of the early 20th century. Continue reading

Votes for Women Exhibit Opens Nov 4th at State Museum


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votes for women exhibitA new exhibit, Votes for Women: Celebrating New York’s Suffrage Centennial will open at the New York State Museum on Saturday, November 4.

Votes for Women will celebrate the centennial of women’s suffrage in New York State and seeks to raise public awareness of the struggle for women’s suffrage and equal rights in New York State from the 1848 Seneca Falls Convention through 1917 when New York State granted women the right to vote.

The exhibition will also address the nationally significant role of New York State leaders in regards to women’s rights and the feminist movement through the early 21st century. Continue reading

Two Shows About Suffrage Movement at NYU


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nyu storytellingNYU Steinhardt’s Program in Educational Theatre will stage two events in October to celebrate the women of New York State winning the right to vote a century ago, exploring the historical context through the individuals who fought for the cause.

A newly created play entitled Hear Them Roar: The Fight for Women’s Rights investigates the untold stories of the suffragists of 1917, including women of color, immigrants, and the men (or “suffragents”) who helped win the vote.

Under the direction of Nan Smithner, professor of educational theatre at NYU Steinhardt, the play was devised by an ensemble of 15 actors, who wrote and created the scenarios by deeply researching historical facts of the time. Continue reading