Marguerite Kearns April 11, 2018

The “Votes for Women” centennial exhibit at the New York State Museum closes on May 13, 2018. This is an excellent display worth seeing. It comes with an extensive catalog published by SUNY Press in Albany, NY—”Votes for Women: Celebrating New York’s Suffrage Centennial” by Jennifer A. Lemak and Ashley Hopkins-Benton.

The “Spirit of 1776” suffrage campaign wagon used by Edna Kearns is featured in the catalog.

Marguerite Kearns is busy writing the story of her grandmother, Edna Kearns, and her activism in the women’s suffrage movement during the early 20th century. It’s the tale of an activist descendant and a lifetime of attempting to put the pieces together the pieces of her grandparents’ life. And at the same time, understanding Marguerite’s grandparents is very much part of a journey to understand herself. The work in progress is a way to combine a powerful storytelling relationship. It’s how the act of one generation telling stories to another brings together the past, present day, and future.

Follow Suffrage Wagon News Channel (SuffrageWagon.org) Marguerite has been blogging about Edna Kearns and the “Spirit of 1776” suffrage wagon since 2009.

 

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