After leaving New York State behind in 1920 when she moved back to her family home in Pennsylvania, Edna May Buckman will return to New York when her horse-drawn carriage used for the suffrage campaign goes on exhibit at the New York State Museum in Albany in 2010. A new wing of the museum is being planned that highlights women’s rights in New York State. This article is from Legacy Magazine, Summer 2008.

Edna's suffrage wagon will go on exhibit in 2012

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  • I recently had the pleasure and privilege of viewing your beta-version video presentation detailing the life of your grandmother, Edna May Buckman, and her “Spirit of 1776” Suffrage Campaign Wagon.

    I have to tell you that I am completely, totally, 100% in awe of what you have accomplished here. I mean that completely sincerely. This is an incredible accomplishment, and you have every reason to be proud of it, as well as incredibly proud of your grandmother Edna. I have to say I learned a lot of things I did not know before about the women’s suffrage movement, and so it was both a personal account but also very informative and interesting throughout.

    I am amazed how you were able to gather all those photos and other materials and how your grandmother was able to retain so much. Your photography and reproduction of the materials also were quite well done, as were the fades.

    I especially enjoyed the part with the musical accompaniment which explained a huge amount just through the lyrics, combined with the visuals. I also liked the part at the end about the new generation, which tied the past to the present and future.

    This must have been quite a feat, and I strongly hope that you will obtain the means and resources needed to bring this to a finished, fully polished final version suitable for wider release. There is a lot there that most people — men and women alike — have no idea about, and given the elevated level of political discussion and debate in the country these days it is particularly timely to get this story out to as many people as possible.


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