New York State capitol tours highlight suffrage centennial

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 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


October 22, 2017 program about Inez Milholland in New York City

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.)
Darci Tucker, 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.

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.

The campaign to make August 26th a national holiday!

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:

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.

Upcoming women’s suffrage events and special programs!

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 or (585) 394-4922 for details.

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Issue of NWHP Gazette focuses on women’s suffrage, plus votes for women news notes!

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

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 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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Speaker for induction ceremony at National Women’s Hall of Fame

Sherry Lansing, the first woman to head a major film studio (20th Century Fox), and wholater served as Chairman and CEO ofParamount Pictures earned a reputation as a trailblazer.a visionary leader and a creative filmmaker.  Her foundation is dedicated to public education and encore career opportunities as well as health and cancer research. The ceremony is scheduled for September 16,2017 in Seneca Falls, NY.

Canadians unveil a suffrage mural during centennial observance

Canada’s observance of its suffrage centennial is underway and it has included the unveiling of a commemorative mural celebrating the 100th anniversary of Manitoba women winning the right to vote sponsored by the West End Business Improvement Zone is a non-profit association of business people committed to building a stronger West End community by supporting the businesses and organizations within the confines of the geographic boundaries. There are currently more than 1,000 business located within the 200 city blocks that comprise the BIZ area.

The Nellie McClung Foundation has been busy promoting the suffrage centennial in 2016. The organization has a two-part mandate: to raise funds to create and erect a memorial, now on the grounds of the Manitoba Legislative building, commemorating the work of Nellie McClung; and to educate the public about her passion and achievements in the pursuit of women’s and human rights.

Petition campaign underway for President Obama to give Inez Milholland a medal!

Join the national campaign to ask President Obama to give Inez Milholland, America’s suffrage martyr, a presidential medal. Check out the Milholland centennial web site for resources and links.

The free fifteen-minute film is available on request from filmmaker Martha Wheelock. It’s terrific for community groups, school programs and lesson plans. For more information, contact the film web site.