Adirondack Suffragists: 100 Years of Votes for Women
May 27 @ 8:00 am - October 9 @ 5:00 pm
In 2017, the Adirondack History Museum will celebrate the 100th anniversary of New York State passing a women’s suffrage act into state law. Though preceded by many western states in state-level action, New York was nonetheless a major national battleground in the fight for women’s rights in general and in the struggle for the passage of a national woman’s suffrage amendment – one finally ratified in 1920 as the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Beginning in 1848 with the Woman’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, and continuing well into the early 20th century, New York women such as Inez Milholland, from Essex County, led the national “Votes for Women” movement. To commemorate both the state and national movement, and the specific role of Adirondack women in that movement, the Museum is featuring a suffrage exhibit in the Anitra Pell Gallery – focusing on national, state and regional dimensions of the women’s campaign. This program was funded in part by a Humanities New York Action Grant.