[Video of the Society Library Event posted below]
September 28, 2017
Angela P. Dodson’s new book, Remember the Ladies, traces the story of women and ballot through its entire history, re-inserting many significant elements long neglected. It was a delight to join her on the platform in the reading room of the storied New York Society Library, where, since I started writing books in 1990, I have spent many days. (I even remember the long-departed pay phone at the top of the stairs to the 2nd floor.) The collection is full of surprises, especially if early 20th century books and magazines figure in the research. Huge thanks to the library for making this event possible and for keeping the flame so brightly lit.
Sharing the opportunity with Angela was especially fine. At her suggestion, we used a format of “Ten Things You May Not Have Known about the Suffrage Movement.” Her breadth of information about the movement from its pre-beginnings was illuminating. I followed up with the final decade of the campaign (1909-19), the point where the Men’s League came into being to do its useful part.
In the crowd were authors and performers researching aspects of their own suffrage stories. Several took the opportunity to share their work during the Q&A.
Here are a few snapshots, courtesy of my sister-in-law, Viviana Kasam (who gave up “Norma” at the Met for this presentation), including one of the violin carving embedded in the elegant woodwork. When this perfect room was part of a home, it’s a safe guess that music often filled it.
Next day comments gleaned from Facebook ( a good bit of mutual admiration society going on):
Here’s a video of the entire event, courtesy of the New York Society Library.
For National History Day contestants. Upcoming — January 30: Iona College. February 4: Sagamore Hill. March 27: Ephemera Society of America. April 4: Avon-on-Sea Public Library, Avon CT June 4-6: “Métiers et professions des médias (XVIIIe-XXIe siècles),” Université de Lausanne. Link to past appearances.
Coming March 2020: Front Pages, Front Lines: Media and the Fight for Women’s Suffrage, Linda Steiner, Carolyn Kitch, Brooke Kroeger, eds.