The year 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York State.
The New Netherland Institute (NNI) is using this centenary and its Annual Conference on September 22 and 23, to highlight the important role of women in the development of the seventeenth-century Dutch colony of New Netherland and in early New York.
NNI will host speakers from both academic and non-academic backgrounds, including first-time and returning presenters, to this year’s event. Continue reading
The Elizabeth Cady Stanton Women’s Consortium will place a historic plaque in front of the historic Fulton County Courthouse on the corner of S. William and W. Main Streets, in Johnstown where Stanton’s father, Judge Daniel Cady, practiced law.
Active since 2006, ECSWC is a collective of eight women’s organizations from Fulton and Montgomery Counties committed to honoring and continuing the advocacy for women pioneered by Johnstown native Elizabeth Cady Stanton. The Consortium supports women’s education, history, culture, leadership and equity through a variety of activities. Continue reading
Women won the right to vote in New York State in 1917, but the story really began much earlier and with particular fervor in the mid 19th century.
In the 1840’s, upstate New York was a hotbed of radicalism. The “Second Great Awakening” brought with it spiritual revivalism, penal and education reforms, abolitionism and the temperance and women’s right movements. This turbulent atmosphere of ideas and events was not unlike the cultural upheaval of the 1960s.
In 1848 Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Coffin Mott and several other women gathered around a tea table in Waterloo, New York and drafted the “Declaration of Sentiments” based upon the Declaration of Independence. By inserting into the text that women, as well as men, were created equal, they renewed the revolution that was started seventy two years earlier in 1776. The protracted and arduous road to women’s right to the elective franchise took until 1917 to be realized in New York State and not until 1920 in the entire United States. Continue reading
Convention Days will commemorate the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage in New York State with a Thanksgiving Dinner Gala entitled “A Fine Agitation” followed by the World Premiere of a One-Woman Play about Dr. Mary Walker, the only woman to receive the Medal of Honor.
The title “A Fine Agitation” comes from a letter from Susan B. Anthony to Elizabeth Cady Stanton after Anthony voted in 1872: “Well I have been & gone and done it!!! . . . We are in for a fine agitation . . .”
The dinner, being served at at the New York Chiropractic College, will be based on a 1916 Thanksgiving menu from The Hoag House, precursor to The Gould Hotel. Continue reading
In honor of the Centennial of New York State Women’s Suffrage, the 25th Annual Peterboro Civil War Weekend will feature programs on women during the Civil War. According to the Civil War Trust (March 8, 2016) “women played an instrumental role in the Civil War, both on and off the field” despite the cultural 19th Century norms. “Women left their homes and served as laundresses and nurses for both armies.” “Women also served on the field, cutting off their hair and changing their clothes and names to fight in battle.” “Those women who were not in the field were running farms and businesses that their husbands had left behind – a huge step in the march for independence.” Continue reading
Event registration for the 2017 Path Through History Weekends has begun. Events will be held in Newburgh, New Lebanon and Penn Yann to celebrate the theme of Women’s Rights. Continue reading
The New York State Archives Partnership Trust has invited the public to attend a free talk, “A Sustainable Word of Equality and Peace: The Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Influence on the Women’s Suffrage Movement”, on Friday, May 19 at 4 pm at the Roberson Museum and Science Center at 30 Front Street, Binghamton. Continue reading
One hundred years ago, New York State women won the right to vote, three years before the federal amendment. To celebrate that milestone, many local organizations have lined up to host presentations by Susan B. Anthony expert Jeanne Gehret. The 11 talks, which cover two distinct topics, will present Anthony family members in Rochester who were at the center of universal suffrage — for both women and African-Americans — for sixty years.
Penfield Public Library will host Jeanne Gehret, who will give a presentation “All for Suffrage: Susan B. Anthony’s Kin” on April 27, 2017. Her other presentation, titled “Failure is Impossible,” features a costumed presentation of Miss Anthony “in person” and will be featured twice at Votetilla, the upstate celebration of New York State Woman Suffrage to be held this July. A current list of Gehret’s talks is available here. Continue reading
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site will host Helen Martin on April 25th at 6:30 pm to present, “The Ultimate Rift: Evolution within the Women’s Suffrage Movement.” Martin will discuss the evolution in the movement and the role of Johnstown native Elizabeth Cady Stanton in securing women the right to vote.
The presentation will focus on suffrage efforts and the ultimate rift between the “old guard” and the younger generation of suffragists who became involved. It will cover how women in New York gained suffrage three years before the entire nation did, and this program will discuss the attention paid to as well as credit given to the younger group at that time; partially because so many of the “old guard” had passed away prior to the passage of suffrage in NY State in 1917. Continue reading
The Shaker Museum will host celebrate the 281st birthday of Shaker founder Mother Ann Lee (February 29, 1736 to September 8, 1784), and the beginning of Women’s History Month, marked every year in March, at The Shaker Bar in Hudson, NY on Saturday, March 4 from 5 to 7 pm.
Portraits of influential Shaker women will be displayed on the bar’s walls and guests will have the opportunity to learn about the museum’s summer programming celebrating and exploring the Shakers’ commitment to gender equality and equal rights during this centennial year of women’s suffrage in New York State. Continue reading