April 22, 2018
I felt sure that the gorgeous day—a Sunday, and at 2pm, no less, the first day to snap a long, miserable cold spell—would have meant a tiny turnout for the Suffragents event, organized by the Nassau County Historical Society at the beautiful Jericho Public Library. So, Alex and I steeled ourselves for same as we made the trek from Manhattan, salved by the chance to try a Portuguese restaurant, the Lisbon Cafe, which happens to be around the corner from the library, not a minute away.
All cares disappeared upon sight of the welcoming amuse-bouche on every table: freshly fried homemade potato chips and a selection of olives. Well, that alone was worth the 40-minute drive.
Alex ordered viño verde, which we decided after two sips to make our summer aperitif of choice this year.
The meal was just that good, too. For me, it was grilled octopus, followed by house salad and the restaurant’s tenderly delicious goat.
I should have known better than to worry about what would happen at the library, another superb Long Island public center of community life.
With arrangements for the historical society meeting in the charge of the organization’s extremely able president, my friend, Dr. Natalie Naylor, Hofstra professor emerita, (with an able assist from her aide de camp, Den Collins), it was clear that no long-yearned-for burst of warmth was going to stand in the way of her ability to summon a crowd.
Side note: You can read more about Dr. Naylor and her interest in the Long Island suffrage movement in this March 21, 2018 write-up in the Long Island Weekly (during Women’s History Month, of course.) The lovely portrait of Natalie by Jonathan Heisler is reproduced just below. The writer is Betsy Abraham.
And here’s Den Collins:
And a few shots from a warm and receptive crowd and the reception and book signing that followed.
And the presentation itself, minus the introductory remarks and thank yous and the first bit of the reading. The reading is from a major suffrage campaign planning meeting in Saratoga Springs, which took place two months before the New York referendum vote on November 6, 1917.
Warm thanks again to Natalie and the Historical Society for inviting me, to the Jericho Public Library for hosting, and to everyone who came for being such a receptive and responsive audience.
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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.
January 29: 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 Library. March 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: “From Emma Goldman to the Marketplace of Ideas: Marking the 100th Anniversary of Free Speech at the Supreme Court,.” AEJMC, Toronto.