“Spirit of 1776” wagon

Marguerite Kearns May 7, 2018

When Edna Kearns left Manhattan in 1913 for a grassroots organizing campaign to Long Island, Irene Davison rode in the “Spirit of 1776” wagon with her and little Serena Kearns. The “Spirit of 1776” is in the collection of the New York State Museum in Albany, New York. Irene Corwin Davison is to the far right […]

Marguerite Kearns April 27, 2018

VIDEO SPECIAL: Reporter Samantha Parker reminds us to see the “Spirit of 1776” suffrage wagon used by Edna Kearns before the “Votes for Women” exhibit at the New York State Museum closes on May 13, 2018. The suffrage wagon has been exhibited at the museum in 2010, 2012, and from 2017 to 2018. It was on […]

Marguerite Kearns April 17, 2018

The suffrage campaign wagon used by Edna Buckman Kearns and others on Long Island and in New York City parades is an example of the extensive use of “visual rhetoric” used by the suffragists in addition to the written and spoken word. This wagon also tapped into the tradition of the American Revolution by the […]

Marguerite Kearns April 9, 2018

by Marguerite Kearns Flash announcement of a date to celebrate the unveiling of a road marker on the main street of Huntington, NY related to the “Spirit of 1776” suffrage campaign wagon. The event: Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at 12:30 p.m. on the main street of Huntington, NY. More details will follow this preliminary announcement. […]

Marguerite Kearns April 9, 2018

The “Spirit of 1776″wagon caused an uproar in July of 1913. THE HOW AND WHY OF WHAT HAPPENED: by Marguerite Kearns Back in elementary school, no teacher of mine ever mentioned that during the war for independence significant numbers of Americans identified themselves with the British. Nothing demonstrates this more clearly than Long Island as […]

Marguerite Kearns April 8, 2018

Suffrage politics were hot during 1913. And that’s one story behind the dedication ceremony on April 24, 2018 for a new historic roadside marker program to become part of Huntington, NY’s business district. It was funded by the William G. Pomeroy Foundation throughout New York State. The road marker scheduled for Huntington documents a confrontation between […]

Marguerite Kearns April 7, 2018

 Marguerite Kearns and her suffrage activist grandparents! on Vimeo. The story of the “Spirit of 1776” suffrage wagon started when I was ten years old when asking my grandfather Wilmer Kearns questions about the horse drawn wagon stored in his garage.  That’s the beginning. The plot thickened as I asked more questions and put […]