WomensActivism.nyc at the NYC Department of Records and Information Services is honoring the women who won the right to vote in NYS in 1917 and people fighting for justice today with a celebration of women’s activism in New York as part of the 2017 suffrage centennial. The date is November 6, 2017, 6-8 p.m. at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center, 155 Chambers Street, New York, NY 10007. FREE. Women’s speeches, writings, drama, poetry, music from the past and present, multi-media installations and live site-specific performances, Women’s suffrage sing-along, Open mic and food, and surprise take-away gifts.
There’s a long way to go for women’s rights history (and its impact and inspiration for the present day) if the tourism industry promoting women’s history is to compete with the Civil War, Erie Canal, American Revolution, and other NYS historical highlights. This is why we’re rocking the cradle. It’s an initiative from the grassroots—ordinary people like the women and their men allies who sparked a remarkable social revolution in women’s rights that has been marginalized over the years and this is changing. That’s why we’re rocking the cradle and we’re asking you to join us.
Other events: The opening of the Votes for Women exhibit at the New York State Museum on November 4, 2017 in Albany, NY. “NY Votes for Women: A Suffrage Centennial Anthology,” showcases twenty-one women who explore these questions in a variety of memoirs, stories and poems. Join Cayuga Lake Books, the Anthology editors, and readers on October 26 at 6:30 PM and hear readings from the following contributors: Carol Kammen, Gaia Woolf-Nightingall, Lisa Harris, Nora Snyder, Sarah Jefferis, Yvonne Fisher. To learn more about the Anthology, visit suffragestories.wordpress.com
Exhibits highlighting the influence of Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) women on the vision of the women’s issues will open at Women’s Rights National Historic Park in Seneca Falls, NY on October 7 and the Matilda Joslyn Gage Center for Social Justice Dialogue in Fayetteville, NY on October 14, 2017. Programs and dialogues at both sites will invite visitors to explore the often-untold story of Haudenosaunee influence, survival, and legacy. Ranger dialogue programs exploring these issues will take place in the Wesleyan Chapel on Saturday, October 7 at 11 am and 2 pm; Sunday, October 8 at 1 pm; and Monday, October 9 at 1 pm.
Children and families will also have the opportunity to create artwork around themes of trust and friendship and engage with a hands-on, outdoor timeline demonstrating the continuity of indigenous cultures. A full schedule of events at both sites are available on these websites: www.nps.gov/wori and www.matildajoslyngage.org.
The exhibits were created by the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation. This project was supported by the International Coalition of Sites of Conscious—a network of historic sites and museums dedicated to interpreting themes of human rights through dialogue-based approaches, with additional funding from Humanities New York and the Governor’s New York Suffrage Centennial Commission. Follow on Facebook (@WomensRightsNPS), Twitter (#WomensRightsNPS) and Instagram (WomensRightsNPS). All programs are free and open to the public.
Online registration is now available for special Capitol suffrage tours celebrating the centennial of women winning the right to vote in New York State and for the annual Capitol Hauntings tours of the New York State Capitol. New York State is where the first Women’s Rights Convention was held in Seneca Falls in 1848 and where women won the right to vote in 1917, three years before the 19th Amendment was ratified. The one-hour tour will explore the connections between the Capitol and the historic fight for suffrage. It will feature an exhibit of artifacts selected to showcase the suffragists’ journey from earliest ambition to success. The tours also coincide with suffrage exhibits and events at the New York State Museum and the Albany Institute of History and Art. The free Capitol suffrage tours will be offered on Tuesdays, Nov 7 and 14, at 5:30 p.m.; and on Saturdays, Nov. 11 and Dec. 9, at noon. Capitol Hauntings Tours explore the legends, folklore, and “ghost stories” connected to the historic state Capitol, begins on Monday, October 2.
Space is limited, so pre-registration for both the suffrage and hauntings tours is required and can be done online at www.ogs.ny.gov or by calling (518) 474-2418). Weekday tours begin at the information desk in the Capitol’s State Street lobby, and Saturday tours start at the Empire State Plaza Visitor Center and Gift Shop in the underground North Concourse. Both tours last approximately an hour
Darci Tucker performs Upon a White Horse
Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.
One hundred years ago the women of New York won the right to vote, thanks in part to “the lady on the white horse.” A graduate of the NYU School of Law, Inez Milholland used her looks and her brains to bring attention to the cause of women’s suffrage. Called the “Poster Girl of Radicalism” by the NY Times, this lawyer, war correspondent and outspoken crusader for social justice literally worked herself to death for the cause of women’s suffrage. Storyteller Darci Tucker will bring her back to life. (Appropriate for adults and youth 12 and older.)
, playwright, actress, and storyteller, has told stories at festivals across the US, created a character interpretation program at a TN university, and regularly performs her original, one-woman play, Revolutionary Women
, in schools across the nation. She founded American Lives in 2000 to bring history to life for students and museum visitors. www.americanlives.net
All shows are at the historic Provincetown Playhouse at 133 Macdougal Street, NYC.
Events are free.
Box office opens one hour before the show. Information line 212-998-5867.
David Montgomery, Program Director, Program in Educational Theatre. Regina Ress, Producer.
A viola tribute to a great-great grandmother and suffrage activist! on Vimeo.
The National Women’s History Project has a campaign underway to make August 26th a national holiday. To join, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Auditions for NYU women’s rights program. Present a two-minute monologue of your choosing, or read aloud a prepared statement of why you want to engage in a collaborative theatre process. Auditions will be held in the Black Box Theatre, NYC: September 6 from 8:30 – 10pm; September 7 from 7 – 10 pm; September 8 from 7 – 10pm; September 9. Callbacks from 10 am – 12 noon. Show times: Oct. 20 – 22, 26- 29.
August 27 2 PM: “Women on Wheels: Bikes, Liberation and Suffrage” at the Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion, 151 Charlotte St, Canandaigua. The 1816 Farmington Meetinghouse will co-sponsor this event, where historian Kjirsten Gustavson,will present her “Woman on a Wheel” program. Gustavson, of NYS Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, will appear in her reproduction 1890s bicycle costume, and talk about the impact of the bicycle on women’s social status in the years before the vote. She will be joined by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, represented by Barbara Blaisdell and Melinda Grube, who had a lot to say about “bikes, liberation and suffrage,” and will be happy to say it again!
After a short discussion, visitors who are so inclined, will be invited to jump on their own bikes to join Ms. Gustavson on a 40 minute round trip ride around the Gardens and on to the Ontario County Fair Grounds and back. Refreshments will be served at the Mansion after the discussion and available until the bikers return. Bikers fourteen years and younger are required to wear a helmet. This event itself is free, after paying an entrance fee to the Gardens. Contact Sonnenberg at Sonnenberg.org or (585) 394-4922 for details.
For more news about women’s suffrage programs and events: SuffrageCentennials.com and SuffrageWagon.org
Want to know about the activists who worked for the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution by state? The 2017 issue of the National Women’s History Project has pages and pages of names of those to be honored. They represent barely a fraction of the tens of thousands of individuals and organizations across the nation who put themselves on the line. The graphics are sensational. Visit the NWHP web site for Gazette ordering information.
The statue fund for New York City to highlight Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony is still accepting donations. This will be the first statue in NYC’s Central Park to honor real women, not fictional characters. The NYC Parks Department has approved the statue location near Central park and 77th Street. The fundraising is intended to match the $500,000 challenge from New York Life Insurance.
The 2020 initiative to honor the 19th Amendment is a national women’s equality coalition planning for events in Philadelphia during 2020. The program is coordinated by Drexel University in Philadelphia. Contact Drexel.edu/vision2020
On Tuesday, September 26, 2017— organizers and volunteers from all over the U.S. will celebrate National Voter Registration Day 2017. If you haven’t already done so, be sure to sign-up as an partner for National Voter Registration Day in 2017. Partnerships do not automatically carry over from year-to-year, so you must sign up for 2017 to receive free posters and stickers for your organization’s efforts.
Check SuffrageCentennials.org for more information about 2020 and the planning for the national observance of American women voting for 100 years. Add your email in the above box to receive Lets Rock the Cradle regular postings.
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