1900 Suffrage Convention Reenactment

  • group dressed up for suffrage reenactment
  • sign that says votes for women

The Glens Falls Area Suffrage Centennial Committee presents a 1900 Suffrage Convention reenactment to commemorate the New York State Woman Suffrage Centennial to be presented in Glens Falls on Saturday, October 21 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church at 100 Maple Street. This event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 12:30 p.m.

In 1917, New York State became the twelfth, and only eastern state to grant full voting rights to women. 2017 marks the centennial anniversary of this historic event. The Glens Falls Area Suffrage Centennial Committee was formed to plan, and coordinate area events relating to the Suffrage Centennial. Members of the committee include Crandall Public Library, Chapman Historical Museum, Warren County Historical Society, as well as various individuals, and institutions interested in women’s history throughout our region. New members are always welcome.

The event will reenact the annual New York State Woman Suffrage Association Convention held at Rockwell House, and Ordway Hall in Glens Falls, NY in the autumn of 1900. Speeches will be presented by historians and reenactors in period attire. National figures to be portrayed at the Convention include Carrie Chapman Catt, Rev. Anna Howard Shaw, and Mary S. Anthony, sister of Susan. Local figures will be portrayed as well, including Addison B. Colvin, Mary Loines, and Susan Bain.

Also scheduled are vocal music, and entertainment similar to the 1900 event. A one-act play called “A Very New Woman” by Alice E. Ives (1986) will be performed by local actors, and directed by Kayla Toney.

Attendees are encouraged to come wearing Victorian style dress, but it is not mandatory.

This event is sponsored by a Humanities New York Vision/Action Grant.

For further information, or to RSVP, please contact Tisha Dolton at (518) 792-6508 x256, or Kim Harvish at (518) 793-2826.  Information is also available on the Committee’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CelebratingSuffrageInGreaterGlensFallsNY and on Twitter @GFGwichSuffrage.

Photo Credit: Todd DeGarmo

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