New York State Museum opens its suffrage history show to celebrate suffrage centennial

The suffrage history exhibit at the New York State Museum opened in early November and runs through May 2018 in order to celebrate 100 years of women voting in the state. The display is a major step forward in terms of highlighting New York’s status as the “cradle” of the women’s rights movement in the United States.

November 4, 2017 featured a conference sponsored by the New York State Cultural Heritage Tourism Network that has been planning its centennial observance over the past few years. NYS Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul presented the keynote speech. This was followed by a reception in the evening by the NYS League of Women Voters where Coline Jenkins, the great-great granddaughter of Elizabeth Cady Stanton spoke about her family as descendants.

The above panel is one of many showing the diverse range and participation of New Yorkers. All year in 2017 Humanities New York has been encouraging and funding a broad spectrum of events, conferences, and programs.

The festivities are considered a highlight of what is to come during 2020 when American women will  have been voting for 100 years.