Event: Fall Luncheon Speaker, NY Genealogical & Biographical Society – October 10, 2017, noon to 2 p.m.

To Reserve a Seat:


NYG&B Annual Fall Luncheon

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 – 12:00pm

Brooke Kroeger, author of The Suffragents
Event Location:
Sarabeth’s, 381 Park Avenue South
Event Sponsor:
New York Genealogical and Biographical Society

The 2016 Fall Benefit Luncheon was such a success that we are making it an annual event.

Proceeds from the event will help to support the NYG&B fulfill its mission of preserving, documenting and sharing the stories of families across New York. This year will feature a talk by Brooke Kroeger about her book, The Suffragents.  Ms. Kroeger is a journalist, author of five books, a professor of journalism at the NYU Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and director of its MA unit, Global and Joint Program Studies, which she founded in 2007.

The Suffragents is the untold story of how some of New York’s most powerful men formed the Men’s League for Woman Suffrage, which grew between 1909 and 1917 from 150 founding members into a force of thousands across thirty-five states. Ms. Kroeger explores the formation of the League and the men who instigated it to involve themselves with the suffrage campaign, what they did at the behest of the movement’s female leadership, and why.

She details the National American Woman Suffrage Association’s strategic decision to accept their organized help and then to deploy these influential new allies as suffrage foot soldiers, a role they accepted with uncommon grace. Led by such luminaries as Oswald Garrison Villard, John Dewey, Max Eastman, Rabbi Stephen S. Wise, and George Foster Peabody, members of the League worked the streets, the stage, the press, and the legislative and executive branches of government.

In the process, they helped convince waffling politicians, a dismissive public, and a largely hostile press to support the women’s demand. Together, they swayed the course of history.

You may pre-order a book when you buy your ticket and then you can pick up your book at the luncheon.  Ms. Kroeger will be signing books that day.


How to Attend

Individual tickets will be available for $100;

Benefactor tickets will be available for $250;

A limited number of Patron level tickets that include a one-hour consultation with our Genealogist in Residence will be available for $1,000

NHD contestants: Please read this.

Upcoming events 2018: February 21: unCommon Salon@theResearch Commons of NYU Libraries. March 4: Westchester County League of Women Voters. March 6: Decision Women in Commerce & Professions Women’s History Month DinnerMarch 10: Keynote, Joint Journalism & Communications Historians Conference, New York City. April 15: Nassau County and Farmingdale-Bethpage historical societies at the Farmingdale Public LibraryApril 29: St. George’s School. May 20: Women’s Suffrage and NYC: A Centennial Celebration Symposium: Bronx Historical Society and Woodlawn Cemetery  June 14: Roosevelt Island Historical Society. August 4: Shelter Island Historical Society.

The Suffragents in the news: Reviews of the book .  . . Notices and articles about the Suffragents . . . Brooke’s articles in various publications . . . Brooke’s “Summer Camp Newsletters,”  the logs posted real-time for events around the publication of The Suffragents  . . . and the Suffragents on Facebook.