Five years ago in the fall of 2013, Olivia Twine and Marguerite Kearns set off on a blogging tour of the “Cradle” of the US women’s rights movement.
The above image announced the trip. Marguerite and Olivia had only a general idea of where they were going and how they’d feel after five days on the road. Before the journey, the cast of characters both women heard about could be best described as abstract. Sojourner Truth, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Matilda Joslyn Gage, and Susan B. Anthony plus others—all of them noteworthy women, movers and shakers.
The leaves were turning color and the weather still mild enough not to require coats in the context of setting aside five days: two days for leaving and returning, plus three days on the road.
A ROUGH IDEA OF THE CRADLE ROCKING JOURNEY
The ambitious itinerary started in near Kingston, NY in the Hudson Valley with the unveiling of the Sojourner Truth statue. Then the New York State Museum in Albany before driving west to Johnstown (the childhood home of Elizabeth Cady Stanton); Fayetteville and the former home of Matilda Joslyn Gage. More driving to Seneca Falls to the national park and the site of the 1848 women’s rights convention; Auburn and the home of Harriet Tubman, the 1816 Quaker meetinghouse in nearby Farmington; the Ontario County Courthouse in Canandaigua, NY where Susan B. Anthony was tried for illegal voting in 1873; and the Susan B. Anthony Museum and House in Rochester.
NEWS FOR CRADLE ROCKERS
In 2018, our hats off to the New York State Cultural Heritage Network for its incredible effort in supporting, planning, and advocating for the New York State suffrage centennial during 2017. In preparation for the state centennial effort, the cultural heritage network sponsored about a year of conference calls, conferences, and more. Such an effort was supported by dozens of organizations and individuals. Marguerite Kearns and Olivia Twine were among the many participants.
Are you following Vision 2020, the Philadelphia based organization and network that is pressing for equality by 2020? They will have events and special programs during August of 2020. They have a special newsletter available on request.
SuffrageCentennials.com has listings of events and celebrations. Sign up for the regular postings.
The blogging tour that launched LetsRockTheCradle led to this blog which has been publishing since 2013.
LetsRockTheCradle needs your support in 2020 when US women will have been voting for 100 years!
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