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.
For National History Day contestants. Upcoming — January 30: Iona College. February 4: Sagamore Hill. March 27: Ephemera Society of America. March 30: TBA 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.