“Long Island Woman Suffrage Centennial Conference a Huge Success” – Long Island and the Woman Suffrage Movement


Long Island Woman Suffrage Centennial Conference a Huge Success

From the suffrage centennial blog of Antonia Petrash

November 6, 2016


The Long Island Woman Suffrage Centennial Conference held yesterday, November 5, was a huge success.  Over forty people – teachers, historians, members of the League of Women Voters, and those just interested in celebrating the triumph of woman suffrage – met at the Walt Whitman Birthplace Center in Huntington Station to listen to speakers, share some delicious food, and make plans to celebrate the centennial next year.

Speakers included historian Natalie Naylor; author and Professor Brooke Kroeger; teacher Katherine Manning; LWV past-president Arlene Hinkemeyer; Margaret Fuller scholar Michael Barnett; and President of the Lake Ronkonkoma Heritage Association, Ellyn Okvist. Professor Ann Becker from SUNY Empire State College was there to help register participants, and Jack Petrash took care of the food. It was a wonderful day, and we hope participants took home some ideas and inspiration that will encourage them to continue planning with new-doc-138_1their own organizations.

The Walt Whitman Birthplace Center graciously offered participants guided tours of the house Walt Whitman was born in, and the lovely grounds provided a calm and gracious atmosphere for discussion and exchange of ideas.

We thank Lauren Kushnick of the New York Council for the Humanities (now callimg_5877ed Humanities New York) for attending the conference, and offering the generous funding that made the conference possible.

What’s next?

Photograph: Back row, L to R: Ann Becker; Katherine Manning; Ellyn Okvist; Antonia Petrash; Brooke Kroeger; Lauren Kushnick; Michael Barnett. Front row, L to R: Natalie Naylor; Arlene Hinkemeyer. Many thanks to Brooke Kroeger for the photos.


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The Suffragents in the news: Kirkus FeaturesKirkus Reviews, Foreword ReviewsTown & Country, The American ScholarTabletmag.com,  Unorthodox podcast, Top of Mind with Julie Rose (live), NYU FeaturesWomen’s Media Center,  Futurity, Non-Fiction FansHeforShe.org’s The ScoopOpzij magazine (NL), AmericasDemocrats podcast, Facebook , Brooke’s posts, Good Men Project , suffrageandthemedia.org,

Upcoming events:  Oct. 19: East Hampton Library. Oct. 22: Author’s Talk & Tea: Woodlawn Conservancy. Oct. 26: Talk Back at the Black Box Theater  for Nancy Smithner’s “Hear Them Roar: The Fight for Women’s Rights.” Nov. 5: Holiday Book Signing at the Beekman Arms in Rhinebeck, NY. Nov. 6: Brentwood Public Library Nov. 7: NYU Center for the Humanities. Nov. 10: Gotham Center for NYC History/CUNY Graduate Center Nov. 16: Book & Bottle: Suffolk County Historical Society & Museum. Nov. 17-18 Researching New York Conference, Albany. Nov. 20: Brookhaven League of Women Voters. March 10: Keynote, Joint Journalism & Communications Historians Conference, New York City.

Parting shots of: the book launch events of Sept. 1 in East HamptonSept. 11 in NYC and Sept. 14 in Cambridge Mass. I’ve got comment and a video (expected soon) of the Sept. 28 event with Angela P. Dodson at the NY Society Library I spoke at the NY Genealogical & Biographical Society Fall Luncheon on Oct. 10 to an audience in which men were very well represented. Oct. 14, I presented on a panel at the AJHA Convention, Little Rock, Ark., on ‘When the Women of Suffrage Got Its Makeover On.” More to come on that.