Tag: Edna May Buckman

A Major Accomplishment of 2015: Support for “Spirit of 1776” wagon’s permanent exhibit!

Help us celebrate a major media campaign defining 2015. We’ve been spreading the word about the ongoing effort to support the New York State Museum in putting the “Spirit of 1776” suffrage Wagon on permanent exhibit. We were thrilled when Newsday (Long Island, NY) published a two-page spread in June 2015 about the campaign. The effort…


Episode #10: Bess cautions Edna about getting married on suffrage storytelling!

Episode #10 of “Spirit of 1776” Suffrage Storytelling! on Vimeo. Over 100 years ago young women questioned marriage and whether or not it was in their best interest. Back then, women were property, not individuals with the rights of citizenship. Women were expected to pay taxes and accept their second-class citizenship. “No way,” said Bess, Edna’s…


Episode #7: Wilmer loves the writing of Henry David Thoreau! Suffrage Storytelling.

Episode #7: Wilmer Kearns courts Edna Buckman with his storytelling on Vimeo. We’re moving toward the day when Edna, Wilmer and Bess (Edna’s best friend) are active in the women’s suffrage movement. But long before that, we meet them in 1903 when they’re young. Their direction in life is still in formation. MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT INTERESTED THE YOUNG…


Episode #4. “Spirit of 1776” suffrage storytelling. The books by Mary Wollstonecraft got Bess in trouble.

        Episode #4: How Bess got in trouble for reading Mary Wollstonecraft! on Vimeo. The problems for Bess started when her parents discovered a forbidden book under her bedroom mattress. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft (1792) started Bess on the path of finding other books that presented the idea…


More from Bess and “Suffrage Storytelling,” plus update on “10 Days in a Madhouse”!

Being an Independent Woman in 1903 wasn’t easy! Find out more on “Suffrage Storytelling” on Vimeo. COMING SOON: We’ll meet Wilmer Kearns who starts complicating young Edna’s life because she wanted to go slowly out into the world and not get tangled in a romance, at least not right away. “SUFFRAGE STORYTELLING” so far: Episode #1…


How Bess got in trouble with her parents: Suffrage Wagon Cafe special program!

  Suffrage Storytelling is how we reach out to teachers, students & American history fans! on Vimeo. SUFFRAGE WAGON CAFE PROGRAM on Suffrage Storytelling by Marguerite Kearns, your cafe host. On the street where Edna grew up in Philadelphia, her best friend Bess became an outsider compared to most of the other young women interested…


Her birthday on Christmas doesn’t make Grandmother Edna a happy camper!

Marguerite’s Musings: Grandmother Edna was born on Christmas day in 1882. My mother told me how Edna hated having her birthday on Christmas. She claimed to always get shirt shrift as a child when it came to gifts and attention on her birthday. For Edna, Christmas meant books as gifts; each book contained sweet messages…


Evidence of Edna Kearns’ whirlwind campaigning can be seen at state capitol

New York State Capitol, where Edna Kearns campaign wagon is on display. Here, at last! Albany, New York, that is. Arrived yesterday and made a quick visit to the state capitol to see Grandmother Edna’s suffrage campaign wagon on exhibit near the Hall of Governors at the state capitol building. It’s a magnificent display. And…


How could a wealthy woman like Alva Belmont be a radical Votes for Women advocate?

Alva Belmont It makes you wonder, doesn’t it? So when in doubt, step back and listen to the record. Alva Belmont worked with Grandmother Edna Kearns on the Long Island suffrage campaign. While it wasn’t unusual for women of wealth to contribute to the woman’s suffrage movement, Alva Belmont distinguished herself by becoming a radical…


A Special Suffrage Christmas Tree!

My grandmother Edna May Buckman was born Christmas day in 1882, the daughter of Charles Harper Buckman and May Phipps Begley.  I found a 1910 article about a Christmas suffrage tree and holiday party that shows how the holiday festivities were tied to the suffrage organizing in New York City and it’s precisely the kind…