Kearns archive at New York Botanical Garden

Kearns archive at New York Botanical Garden

What happened to Wilmer and Edna Kearns and the “Spirit of 1776″ suffrage wagon after the passage and ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920? They moved from Rockville Centre, NY with daughter Serena Kearns back to Pennsylvania where their second child, Wilma, was born in November 1920. The New York Botanical Garden (the LuEsther T. Mertz Library) has archival materials in its collection from the business Edna and Wilmer founded,...

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Podcast #2: “Playing Politics with the President,” Woodrow Wilson

Podcast #2: “Playing Politics with the President,” Woodrow Wilson

This second audio podcast of “Playing Politics with the President” is a provocative look at the determination of women to press the issue of their rights in 1913. I love the description of the first deputation to U.S. President Woodrow Wilson –and then the second and the third. We’re not hearing this account from people a hundred years after the fact. We’re fortunate to be able to hear Doris Steven’s own words...

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“Sister in Struggle”: Find out about Elisabeth Freeman

“Sister in Struggle”: Find out about Elisabeth Freeman

A great article about suffragist Elizabeth Freeman is the cover story in a recent issue of Pasadena Weekly. Their angle: Elisabeth died there, and the editorial staff was particularly interested in Elisabeth’s contribution to the anti-lynching campaign of 1916. They made a link between Elisabeth’s work and the Michael Brown case in Missouri today, welcome coverage because it illustrates the extent to which many Votes for Women...

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Podcast #1: “Playing Politics with the President”

Podcast #1: “Playing Politics with the President”

We’re jumping forward to 1913 and following along with Doris Stevens in the audio podcast series, “Playing Politics with the President.” Stevens was an eyewitness to the suffrage movement and we’re fortunate to have the Librivox recording of “Jailed for Freedom” to slice into digestible audio bits of two minutes or less. Podcast #1 starts with the story about U.S. President Woodrow Wilson arriving at the train...

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Bernice Ende rode on horseback into Rochester, NY and visited the Susan B. Anthony House

Bernice Ende rode on horseback into Rochester, NY and visited the Susan B. Anthony House

Bernice Ende rode into Rochester, NY yesterday and stopped at the Susan B. Anthony House. She’s off on a two-year plus journey from the east to the west coast. Along the way she’s presenting a slide show that’s inspired, in part, by Montana’s suffrage centennial in 2014. Escorted into the city by mounted police, Bernice visited the Mt. Hope Cemetery to see the graves of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass, and her...

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Companion video for the music for the “Spirit of 1776″

Companion video for the music for the “Spirit of 1776″

The new music video, the “Spirit of 1776,” has a companion video about the history of the wagon and its role in suffrage grassroots organizing. It covers the weeks leading up to the first journey of the “Spirit of 1776″ wagon on July 1, 1913. The video featuring archival evidence of the wagon’s history showcases letters from A.F. Wilson, president of the I.S. Remson wagon company in Brooklyn to the New York State...

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