“Cradle” needs rocking to support women’s heritage trails

What I want for ChristmasWe just posted two articles on New York History that deal with the proposed federal and state women’s trails.

December 16, 2013 article: “Dear Santa, Please bring us a women’s history tourism trail,” New York History. #1. #2.

December 18, 2013 article: “Votes for Women Trail: Federal Legislation Needed Now,” New York History. #1. #2. 

This represents a difficult phase of the “Cradle” rocking because of the confusion associated with the projects. It took a while for us to figure out the ins and outs of the proposals. And then came understanding the probability that these two proposed trails with manifest. While many people believe the trails are little more than signs and leaflets, the recognition that comes with a state or federal blessing is invaluable. However, the prospects of these projects achieving the necessary funding appears dismal at this time. Now, that’s not saying a miracle might not be lurking in the wings. Possible, but not likely. So we issued an appeal to Santa, Mrs. Claus and a workshop of elves to get busy. Check out the two articles. See above. Usually we post the direct link to the article and then a pdf, in the event of broken links in the future. This platform is building a record of our journeys and what it takes to rock the “Cradle.”

Reorganization for Gage Center in Fayetteville, NY

Gage Center in Fayetteville, side view.The Gage Center in Fayetteville is in a state of reorganization. They’ve announced an open house and thank you for volunteers and donors on Monday, December 16, 2013 from 5:30 to 7:30 at the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation, 210 East Genesee Street in Fayetteville, NY 13066. Since volunteers are the heart of the Gage Foundation and donors keep the doors open, the open house invitation says there will be a brief presentation about the the Gage Foundation’s reorganization and an opportunity for input and feedback.

Foundation president Sally Rosche Wagner issued a statement that summarizes her history with the center and announced that she would become a founding director while the board of directors redefines the center’s mission and future. For PDFs: #1. #2.

More rocking articles, including story of the suffrage wagon, the “Spirit of 1776”

This article brings together the holiday classic film with the possible connections to the 1848 women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls, New York. Check out this unique perspective about Seneca Falls, only on LetsRockTheCradle. #1. #2. Published in “New York History,” December 2013.

The "Spirit of 1776" NYS Archives article

Article by Marguerite Kearns about an old wagon, the “Spirit of 1776,” that in 1913 became a suffragist symbol of the unfinished American Revolution. Read 2013 article from the New York Archives magazine, reprinted with permission.

Watch hearing about national women’s history museum online!

It’s likely you won’t be hanging around Washington, DC on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 with nothing to do but attend a hearing of the House Administration Committee on “Establishing a Commission to Study the Potential Creation of a National Women’s History Museum.” It’s scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on that day, EST.  However, you can watch online and hear House Bill Sponsors Representatives Carolyn Maloney and Marsha Blackburn anyway, and it can be in the privacy of your own home or by way of any digital device that will allow you to tune in. Go to the web site.

Film festival through April 2014 at Seneca Falls, NY women’s rights national park

The Women’s Right’s National Historical Park has a film festival ongoing through April of 2014. Entitled “Keep the Dream Alive,” the park’s events planners have used the theme of civil rights that are in alignment with the suffrage theme of the social revolution of 72 years in women’s rights. It’s another way of rocking the cradle. Whereas most national parks have landscape or open space to distinguish them, the Seneca Falls national park is different. Thus, special programs under the civil rights umbrella like the ongoing film festival. The year 2013 commemorated the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

Below you’ll find the complete schedule. Consult the Seneca Falls web site for any changes and additions.

December 2013

6 and 7 Freedom Riders (120 minutes)
13 and 14 Eleanor Roosevelt (150 minutes)
20 and 21 The Longoria Affair (60 minutes)
27 and 28 America’s National Parks (180 minutes)

January 2014

3 and 4 Civil Wrongs and Rights (70 minutes)
10 and 11 Thomas Jefferson (180 minutes)
17 and 18 In Remembrance of Martin (60 minutes)
24 and 25 America Beyond the Color Line Pt. 1 (100 minutes)
31 and Feb 1 America Beyond the Color Line Pt. 2 (100 minutes)

February 2014

7 and 8 Let Freedom Sing (100 minutes)
14 and 15 Booker T. Washington, F. Douglass (45 minutes)
21 and 22 The Abolitionists (180 Minutes)
28 and Mar 1 Tuskegee Airmen (60 minutes)

March 2014

7 and 8 Makers Women Who Make America (180 minutes)
14 and 15 Top Secret Rosies (60 minutes)
21 and 22 The Triangle Fire (60 minutes)
28 and 29 Fly Girls (60 minutes)

April 2014

4 and 5 A Class Apart (60 minutes)
11 and 12 Stonewall Uprising (90 minutes)
18 and 19 National Park Animals for Kids (150 minutes)
25 and 26 MLK I Have a Dream (60 minutes)

DAY #5: Controversy surrounding the Harriet Tubman House and proposed national park

Harriet Tubman quote on t-shirtWe didn’t expect to run into complications when visiting the Harriet Tubman House in Auburn New York, but it turned out to be interesting on a lot of levels, particularly the politics of U.S. President Obama’s visit to Seneca Falls in late August. When he stayed overnight in Auburn, a few miles away, he didn’t visit the Tubman site, the location of a proposed national park. A bill is pending in the U.S. Congress. The two-part article was featured in the New York History blog, and sorry that it has taken us so long to get it posted. It’s a great story. We enjoyed writing it, and the human interest associated with Tubman’s descendants in the Auburn area is worth the time you spend reading the piece. Here are the links:

Article #1: “The Politics of Harriet Tubman and Barack Obama.”

Article #2: “Harriet Tubman and the Projected National Park.”

National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, NY

National Women's Hall of Fame

A trip to Seneca Falls, New York isn’t complete without a visit to the National Women’s Hall of Fame. Each year there’s an induction ceremony that adds more women to the list of those who have made significant contributions. And just in case you believe that the work is over, just step up to the plate because there’s much more to do. This coming holiday season, LetsRockTheCradle will be advancing work already undertaken by others to build a NYS women’s heritage trail and a national Votes for Women trail. In a time when history and cultural heritage has slipped to the bottom of the list of priorities, we carry on. Watch for updates as the 2013 holiday season approaches. And check in with the National Women’s Hall of Fame. We’re on their email newsletter list so we don’t miss new updates. Take a look.

There are many ways to rock the “Cradle”

One way of rocking the “Cradle” of the women’s rights movement in the United States is by descendants of the suffrage activists carrying on the work of the grandmothers and great grandmothers. This is precisely what has happened with the descendants of New York suffrage activist Edna Buckman Kearns. One hundred years ago she carried on a “Better Babies” campaign that is now very much in the mind of her granddaughter and two generations beyond her. Get the story here on LetsRockTheCradle. Check it out.

Articles about “Cradle” historic sites by Marguerite Kearns and Olivia Twine

We’re linking articles from New York History where the coverage of the “Cradle” of the women’s rights movement in the U.S. is available. We’re also linking the PDFs in order to preserve them for the future. Here they are:

“Long Island’s Three Wagon Women,” by Marguerite Kearns, New York History blog, April 9, 2014. PDF Link.

“Susan B. Anthony in Rochester,” by Marguerite Kearns, New York History blog, February 2014. PDF link.

“Votes for Women Trail: Federal Legislation needed now,” by Marguerite Kearns and Olivia Twine, New York History blog, December 2013. Online link. 

“Dear Santa, Please bring us a women’s history tourism trail,” by Marguerite Kearns and Olivia Twine, New York History blog, December 2013. Online link. 

“‘It’s a Wonderful Life” in Seneca Falls, New York,” by Marguerite Kearns and Olivia Twine, New York History blog, December 2013. Online link.

“Harriet Tubman and the Projected National Park,” by Olivia Twine and Marguerite Kearns, New York History blog, November 2013. Online link.

“The Politics of Harriet Tubman and Barack Obama,” by Marguerite Kearns and Olivia Twine, New York History blog, November 2013. Online link. 

“Seneca Falls and will the Women’s Rights Trail Become a Reality? by Marguerite Kearns and Olivia Twine, New York History blog. October 2013. Online link.

“Fayetteville, NY: Gage Center,” by Olivia Twine and Marguerite Kearns, New York History blog, October 2013. Online link.

“In Johnstown, NY: Hopes for Votes for Women Funding,” by Olivia Twine and Marguerite Kearns, New York History blog, September 2013. Online link.

“A report from the Sojourner Truth Statue Unveiling,” by Olivia Twine, New York History blog, September 2013. Online link.

“An unlikely witness to suffrage movement in Rochester,” by Olivia Twine, New York History blog, September 2013. Online link.

“Spirit of 1776 Wagon” recognized by legislative resolution,” by Olivia Twine, New York History blog, July 2013. Online link.

“Suffrage and Global Citizenship,” by Olivia Twine, New York History blog, June 2013. Online link.

 

TWO VIDEOS FROM THE 2013 “CRADLE” BLOGGING TOUR OF THE U.S. WOMEN’S RIGHTS MOVEMENT