#NY4Suffrage Celebrates New York Suffrage Centennial

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suffrage photoHumanities New York has announced the launch of “#NY4Suffrage: Selfies, Stories & Suffragists Live” a campaign to connect New Yorkers to the diverse people, places, and ideas that started in their own backyards and sparked a national movement for women’s right to vote.

November 6, 2017 marks the centennial of women securing the right to vote in New York State.  To commemorate this transformative moment in American democracy Humanities New York is featuring the legacy of women’s suffrage in communities statewide with a social media campaign starting Centennial Weekend, July 29-30, 2017 through Election Day, November 7, 2017.

“#NY4Suffrage: Selfies, Stories & Suffragists Live” is an integrated audience engagement campaign that invites participation through social media, events, videos, and a dynamic digital collection where New Yorkers can share, comment, and get to know their community. New Yorkers can participate in the following ways:

· “Suffrage Selfies” New Yorkers can snap a picture of themselves as a suffragist, post to social media, and tag it #NY4Suffrage to enter the monthly photo contest. During Centennial Weekend, take a Suffrage Selfie at historic markers statewide with Snapchat and use your local suffrage geofilter. Vote for this month’s Suffrage Selfie Winner through our Facebook page @humanitiesny. Winners will receive a gift of books about the women’s suffrage movement.

· “Suffrage Stories” pin portraits, historic events, and contemporary celebrations to the #NY4Suffrage: Votes for NY Women a Historypin collection. This dynamic web-based map collects portraits of suffragists, videos of local events, and stories from New Yorkers who share why this history matters today. Starting Centennial Weekend, Humanities New York will begin collecting letters, comments, and stories from teachers, history buffs, writers, artists, families, and students inspired by #NY4Suffrage. Submissions will be collected into a publication at the end of the year. To contribute a story, email ny4suffrage@humanitiesny.org or fax (212) 233-4607.

· “Suffragists Live” will draw from the words of women’s rights activists to inspire civic engagement today, and encourage conversation about our personal and community values in ways that transcend political division. This two-day event begins November 6th on the anniversary of women’s suffrage passage in NYS and concludes on Election Day, with NYers posting why they voted in honor of #NY4Suffrage, and what their wish is for 2020.

The Humanities New York #NY4Suffrage campaign is made possible by support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, New York State Legislature, and William G. Pomeroy Foundation. In coordination with the Pomeroy Foundation, custom Snapchat filters will be activated at each Pomeroy Historic Roadside Marker on Centennial Weekend and again on the anniversary of Women’s Suffrage passage November 6.

For more information about #NY4Suffrage and the full list of activities, click here.

Photo courtesy Humanities NY.

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