The East Hampton Library’s Annual Tom Twomey Lecture in Local History Celebrates Long Island in the Suffrage Movement, October 19, 2017

(event tape from Facebook live is below.)

October 20, 2017

[The local Patch ran more photos of the event, which you can see here.]

It all began more than a year ago, when planning got under way for the annual Tom Twomey lecture series of the East Hampton Library. With the suffrage centennial in New York State drawing near, the library’s Board of Managers agreed that the Library would take a key enabling role in the centennial celebration, partnering more than once since the summer with theLeague of Woman Voters of the Hamptons, which has produced nearly a dozen marquis events, including the 1913 East Hampton Suffrage Rally Re-enactment, which I posted about last August. The role of Library Director Dennis Fabiszak in the execution of both the LWV and library events is hard to overestimate.

We titled our presentation “Long Island, the East End, and 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage in New York State” and posted a long list of reference material on the event page on our site. Even with major competing events at the Clinton Academy next door and at Guild Hall across the street, we had a full and enthusiastic house.

My privilege at the event was to introduce the inestimable Judith Hope, who served thrice as East Hampton Town Supervisor and was the first woman elected to office on Long Island. As appointments secretary to Gov. Hugh Carey, who tripled the number of women cabinet appointments during that tenure, the founder of Eleanor’s Legacy, an organization devoted to putting more women into elected office. Judith’s late husband, Tom Twomey, served as the revered president of the library board. He was a serious local history buff and endowed this annual lecture.

Judith introduced Asssemblyman Fred Thiele, who presented a proclamation to the LWV, honoring the organization’s outsized contributions during this suffrage centennial celebration. Thiele delighted the dominantly female audience  by donning a yellow “Votes for Women” sash, which just happened to match his yellow tie.

New York Assemblyman Fred Thiele

No doubt Assemblyman Thiele’s response to being draped in a yellow “Votes for Women” sash was a far cry from that of Woodrow Wilson during the 1912 US presidential campaign. Check out this passage from The Suffragents: How Women Used Men to Get the Vote:

The presentation of the proclamation:

Arlene Hinkemeyer, receiving the proclamation on behalf of the League of Women Voters of the Hamptons from NY State Assemblyman Fred Thiele

Our presenters were Antonia Petrash, president of the Long Island Woman Suffrage Association, author of Long Island and the Woman Suffrage Movement, and a frequent speaker on the subject. She traced the history of the movement, especially in its final decade, with a special emphasis on the women of Long Island who served the cause so passionately;

Antonia Petrash

and Arlene Hinkemeyer, a vice president of the Hamptons LWV, who has spearheaded the suffrage centennial programming for the organization and has researched the history of suffrage on the East End, especially the role of Mae Groot Manson, a key figure. In June, I wrote about the placing the historical marker in her honor, for which Arlene did so much of the spade work.

Arlene Hinkemeyer

The Library provided a Facebook Live recording of the entire event, including a six-minute video of the 1913 re-enactment rally, created by an East Hampton High School student.  It’s posted on the library’s Facebook page but can be seen here as well.

Tom Twomey Series 2017- The East End, Long Island, and 100 Years of Women's Suffrage in New York State

Posted by East Hampton Library on Thursday, October 19, 2017


L to R, Judith Hope, Antonia Petrash, Arlene Hinkemeyer and Brooke Kroeger

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The Suffragents won the Gold Medal in US History in the 2018 Independent Publisher Book Awards and was a finalist for the 2018 Sally and Morris Lasky Prize, presented by the Center for Political History.  See Summer Camp Newsletters” and Facebook posts from book-related appearances. Reviews, notices, and articles about my books are under their titles here. My articles are here.

Upcoming Events: September 23: Bentson Dean’s Lecture, College of Arts and Science, New York University. October 17: Suffragents Panel, National Archives, Washington DC.  [2020] March 27 Ephemera Society of America, 40th annual conference, Old Greenwich CT. June 4-6Métiers et professions des médias (XVIIIe-XXIe siècles),”  Université de Lausanne (Switzerland).

Happened 2019: Exhibition Opening Remarks: “Women Get the Vote: A Historic Look at the Nineteenth Amendment,“New York Society Library. February 23: Public Values in Conflict with Animal Agribusiness Practices,” UCLA Law School, Los Angeles.  March 13: The Suffragents,” Scarsdale Woman’s Club, Scarsdale NY. March 24: League of Women Voters, Albany County at the Bethlehem (NY) Public LibraryMarch 25:Judges, Lawyers, and Women’s Suffrage: Recognizing the Men Who Stood with Women on the Front Lines,” Gender Fairness Committee of the Third Judicial District, CLE, NY State Courts at SUNY Albany Law School, Albany NY. May 15: “The Republican Suffragents,” National Women’s Republican Club, New York City. August 7:  Panel, “From Emma Goldman to the Marketplace of Ideas: Marking the 100th Anniversary of Free Speech at the Supreme Court.” (page 40) AEJMC, Toronto. August 14: Webinar, National Park Service.