[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.
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Upcoming events 2018: March 20: UN Bookshop March 25: NEW DATE: League of Women Voters of Westchester Champagne Fundraiser April 22: Nassau County Historical Society at the Jericho Public Library. April 29: St. George’s School. May 12: East Hampton Library’s Tom Twomey Series (interviewing NYTimes media columnist, Jim Rutenberg) May 20: Women’s Suffrage and NYC: A Centennial Celebration Symposium: Bronx Historical Society and Woodlawn Cemetery June 14: Roosevelt Island Historical Society. July 7 East Hampton Library’s Tom Twomey Series (hosting with Sara Davison the garden author and expert Charlotte M. Frieze) : 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 . . .The Suffragents on Facebook . . . and Brooke’s “Summer Camp Newsletters,” the photo-laden logs I post right after events.