At the Fall Luncheon of the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society – Sarabeth’s Park Avenue South – October 10, 2017

October 10, 2017

From the Fall 2017 “New York Researcher,” the NYG&B’s publication quarterly.

This was the annual fall fundraiser for the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society, one of New York City’s historic treasures and I was delighted to be asked to speak about The Suffragents at this wonderful event, attended jointly by NYG&B supporters and members of the Daughters of the American Revolution, who share NYG&B’s genealogical zeal.

This is the first time so far the audience (more than 50 people in all) included a high percentage of men, as you can see from these photos as attendees were just starting to gather.

They asked a number of questions, including (for the second time) a request to explain the derivation of the word “suffrage.” It doesn’t come from the root of “to suffer.” It comes from the Latin “suffragium,” meaning “vote, “political support,” and the right to vote or political franchise.

The NYG&B is now deeply engaged in a campaign to stop NYC Records from severely restricting access to vital records, which are so valuable to genealogical research. Here’s the society’s president, Josh Taylor, making his appeal:

We Need Your Help – Preserve Access to NYC Vital Records

The genealogy community needs your help! A proposal under consideration plans to restrict access to millions of New York City vital records, which will negatively impact anyone researching ancestors who lived there. Visit our Action Page to see how you can help: Join us in our efforts to raise awareness, submit public comments, and ultimately keep these important historical records easily accessible for current and future generations. You can also spread the word and learn more via our event page here:

Posted by The New York Genealogical & Biographical Society on Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Here are some stills captured from an i-Phone video. I’m told high-quality photos are on the way and I will post them when they are available.


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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.