February 27, 2020

2020 Women's History Month Statewide Events

Office of State History


The following are some examples of Women's History Month Events taking place at museums and historical societies across New York State.  Check back often for updates.


Brooklyn Historical Society
March 2nd
6:30 pm
“Making Herstory with Amy Richards”
From Marie Curie and Ada Lovelace, to Anita Hill and Chloe Kim, lawmaking, troublemaking and changemaking female trailblazers have carried the feminist movement’s flame and inspired legions of women. Third Wave Feminist and author Amy Richards is among those bringing the struggle to a new generation. Join her as she celebrates remarkable women past, present and future in her new young adult compendium, We Are Makers: Real Women and Girls Shaping Our World.
For More Information Please go to https://www.brooklynhistory.org/events/making-herstory-with-amy-richards/


Athens Square
March 7th
11:00 am to 12:30 pm
“Women's History Month: Historic Women in Queens”
Celebrate Women's History Month with the Urban Park Rangers as we highlight Marie Curie, Gertrude Waldeyer, and other women significant to Queens.
For More Information Please go to https://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2020/03/07/womens-history-month-historic-women-in-queens


New York Society for Ethical Culture
March 9th
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
“Haudenosaunee Women's Influence On The Women's Rights Movement”
This event features Indigenous women leaders and non-Native feminist activists highlighting the story of how the Haudenosaunee Confederacy served as the inspiration for early feminists. Speakers include the influential feminist author and activist Gloria Steinem. A fundraiser for the American Indian Law Alliance and the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation, the event launches the Gage Foundation’s “Matilda Effect Project”, writing women who have worked for peace and social justice back into history.
For More Information Please go to https://www.matildaeffect.events/


New-York Historical Society
March 17th
6:30 pm
“Roe v. Wade" Revisited: What's at Stake”
This year, the U.S. Supreme Court will revisit one of its most contested topics—abortion rights—for the first time in decades, in a case that could unsettle years of precedent. Join Irin Carmon of New York magazine, in conversation with an expert panel of legal scholars and authors including Michele Goodwin of University of California, Irvine, and author of Invisible Women & The Criminalization of Motherhood; Kate Shaw of Cardozo Law School and co-director of the Floersheimer Center for Constitutional Democracy; and Mary Ziegler of Florida State University and author of Beyond Abortion: Roe v. Wade and the Fight for Privacy, as they explain what the new case is about, how we got here, and what's next for the future of reproductive rights.
For More Information Please go to https://www.nyhistory.org/programs/roe-v-wade-revisited-whats-stake


New-York Historical Society
March 20th
6:30 pm
“From Respectability to Empowerment: Women's Prison Reform since 1845”
Founded in 1845 in New York City, the Women's Prison Association was the first organization dedicated to working with women involved in the criminal justice system and their families. How much has strategy changed in the intervening years?  And how have women organized around issues of prison reform and re-entry into society? Join Piper Kerman, vice president of the WPA’s Board of Directors and author of the memoir Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison,  in conversation with historians and activists Dr. Elizabeth Hinton (Harvard University; author of From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime) and Michelle Daniel Jones (New York University), as they discuss the evolution of activism around gender, race, and incarceration.
For More Information Please go to https://www.nyhistory.org/programs/womens-prison-reform


Staten Island Museum
Staten Island/NYC
March 22nd
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
"Panel Discussion: Perspectives on the Suffrage Centennial”
Hear firsthand from the scholars and experts who advised on the exhibition. This program is funded by a planning grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.
For More Information Please go to http://www.statenislandmuseum.org/exhibitions/upcoming-exhibitions/


Woodlawn Cemetery
March 29th
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
“Women's History Month Trolley Tour”
Come take a ride on the brand new, state of the art Woodlawn Conservancy Trolley as we celebrate Women's History Month. Take a ride back in time and celebrate the lives of many of our women notables who helped shape our culture.
Visit the gravesites of the "Queen of Salsa" Celia Cruz, America's first African American female millionaire Madam C.J. Walker, the "Queen of Happiness" Florence Mills, suffragists Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Alva Vanderbilt Belmont, America's first investigative reporter Nellie Bly, Olympic Gold Medalist Gertrude Ederle, founder of Pepperidge Farm Margaret Rudkin and more.
For More Information Please go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/womens-history-month-trolley-tour-tickets-92088277517?aff=ebdssbdestsearch


Yes We Can Community Center
Westbury/Long Island
March 14th
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
“Women's History Month Celebration”
Celebrating Latin women and their contributions to our community Westbury arts is proud to announce our women's history month celebration! The event will highlight Hispanic females making a difference on long island in the fields of education, arts, media, and other important areas in our society. The celebration will have a panel discussion, art exhibit, networking opportunity, and entertainment. This event is meant to empower, inspire and celebrate Latin women and their contributions to our community.
For More Information Please go to http://www.lifeonlongisland.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=events.eventdetail&City=Westbury&EventID=48946#.XlVoQ6hKiM8


The Garden City Historical Society Museum
Garden City/Long Island
March 28th
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
“An Evening With an Extraordinary 19th Century Woman by author Tricia Foley”
Tricia Foley, magazine editor, designer and author first found the name Mary L. Booth on a small wood-shingled house, c 1830, in the hamlet of Yaphank, Long Island where she had just bough a similar house one door away. Intrigued, Tricia set out to learn about her. Over 25 years, the story unfolded with amazing details of her life. From a small rural village on Long Island to her adolescence in Brooklyn, through the Civil War, to the international publishing world during the Gilded Age, Booth created a life of her own, accomplished and lauded as a successful writer and independent woman.
For More Information Please go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-evening-with-an-extraordinary-19th-century-woman-by-author-tricia-foley-tickets-95602288017?aff=ebdssbdestsearch


Glen Clove Public Library
Glen Clove/Long Island
March 29th
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
“Island Hills Chorus: Celebrating Women’s Suffrage in Song”
A narrator and “Susan B. Anthony” will share highlights of the road to suffrage and its aftermath, while the Chorus sings songs relevant to the narration. This is a program for anyone interested in learning about women’s history, hearing music beautifully sung and being entertained in their local library.
For More Information Please go to http://culturalcalendar.huntingtonarts.org/event/island-hills-chorus-celebrating-womens-suffrage-in-song-2/


Reid Castle
Harrison/Hudson Valley
March 14th
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
“The Untold Story of the Women's Suffrage Movement”
The purpose of this event is to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. We are pleased to announce that Dr. Carol Faulkner, from Syracuse University, has agreed to be the keynote speaker. She will present the history of the women’s suffrage movement: who was included, who was intentionally excluded, and how those inclusions and exclusions shaped the policies of the women's suffrage movement. In addition, we hope to educate the public by expanding an understanding and appreciation for the contributions African-American women and of women of color have made to women’s history and culture both locally and nationwide.
For More Information Please go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-untold-story-of-the-womens-suffrage-movement-tickets-91185222455?aff=ebdssbdestsearch


Rough Draft Bar & Books
Kingston/Hudson Valley
March 29th
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
“The Future of the #MeToo Movement: A Conversation with Onnesha Roychoudhuri and Courtney Zoffness” 
Rough Draft presents a conversation with writers Onnesha Roychoudhuri and Courtney Zoffness about the future of the #MeToo movement. Onnesha will read from her book, The Marginalized Majority: Claiming Our Power in a Post-Truth America; and Courtney will read from her selection published in Indelible in the Hippocampus: Writings from the Me Too Movement.
For More Information Please go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-future-of-the-metoo-movement-a-conversation-with-onnesha-roychoudhuri-courtney-zoffness-tickets-89822530607?aff=ebdssbdestsearch


New York State Museum
Albany/Capital Region
March 14th
11:00 am to 3:30 pm
“Women of Science at the New York State Museum”
Join us for an exciting day of activities celebrating the amazing women scientists working at the New York State Museum! We bring you this program honoring the women working in a variety of scientific discliplines right here in downtown Albany. Lectures, “Ask the Scientist” sessions, and scientific activities will be happening throughout the day. The day includes hands-on activities that allow YOU to be the scientist. Examine specimens from our collections and ask questions of the women working in science at the edge of human discovery and preserving the wealth of knowledge in museum collections.  Cultural Anthropology, Bioarchaeology, Archeology, Malacology, Botany, Geology and Paleontology are some of the fields represented in this amazing all-day extravaganza!
For More Information Please go to http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/programs/women-of-science


Siena College
Loudonville/Capital Region
March 20th
5:00 pm to 7:30 pm
“Women and Power at Work: Equality and Leadership, Then and Now”
Key speaker: Lois Herr author, AT&T executive, and women’s rights advocate panel moderator: Emily Peck Senior reporter, HuffPost
For More Information Please go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/women-and-power-at-work-equality-and-leadership-then-and-now-tickets-95267464551?aff=ebdssbdestsearch


Fort Ticonderoga
Fort Ticonderoga/North Country
March 8th
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
“Discovering Women in Fort Ticonderoga's Collections”
This Women’s History Month, join Registrar & Site Archaeologist Margaret Staudter for a survey of objects owned and used by both famous and unknown women in Fort Ticonderoga's collections. Many of these objects have recently been cataloged and photographed with funding made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (Grant# MA-30-18-0166-18).
For More Information Please go to https://www.adirondack.net/event/fort-fever-series-206273/


Fort Ticonderoga
Fort Ticonderoga/North Country
March 14th
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
“Winter Workshop Series: 1770’s English Women’s Clothing Accessories”
In this one-day workshop, join Fort Ticonderoga Head of Costume Nathalie Smallidge and build your own English women’s clothing accessories from the 1770s. Participants will learn about the use and construction of women’s caps, mitts, and pockets, before constructing their own.
For More Information Please go to https://www.fortticonderoga.org/event/winter-workshop-series-1770s-english-womens-clothing-accessories/


Smithfield Community Center
Peterboro/Central NY
March 7th
“Women's Suffrage Centennial Celebration”
For More Information Please go to https://www.peterborony.org/events/


Oneida County History Center
Utica/Central NY
March 7th
1:00 pm
“Seward Feminism with Jeffrey Ludwig”​
For More Information Please go to https://www.oneidacountyhistory.org/


Douglass Auditorium
Rochester/Central NY
March 26th
4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
“Intro to Intersectional Feminism I”
This introductory course will explore the concept of intersectionality, the definition of intersectional feminism in the United States, the feminist movement and its intersection with race, gender, class, and ethnicity. The history of the feminism movement and its of non-white, queer, and non-cisgender women will be unpacked. Participants will be tasked with exploring their own personal biases and individual actions they can take to be more inclusionary in their feminist interactions.
For More Information Please go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-unravel-a-buried-story-re-discovering-martha-matilda-harper-tickets-86226250035?aff=ebdssbdestsearch


Writers & Books
Rochester/Central NY
March 31st
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
“How To Unravel A Buried Story: Re-Discovering Martha Matilda Harper”
Learn how to use artifacts, curiosity, determination to uncover buried history and re-inspire the world about women’s achievements. Whether researching your own family history or facts for a story, or simply wanting to know how the Harper story was re-discovered.
For More Information Please go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-unravel-a-buried-story-re-discovering-martha-matilda-harper-tickets-86226250035?aff=ebdssbdestsearch


Finger Lakes Community College Room 2775
Canandaigua/Finger Lakes
March 5th
12:40 pm to 2:40 pm
“Women's History Month talk”
Finger Lakes Community College will continue its History, Culture & Diversity speaker series with an event on Thursday, March 5 focused on the fight for women’s suffrage in New York. Ashley Hopkins-Benton, senior historian and curator of social history at the New York State Museum, will give a Women’s History Month talk, titled "Leading the Charge: The Fight for Women’s Suffrage in New York and Beyond.” Free and open to the public, it will be held from 12:40 to 1:50 p.m. in Room 2775 at the FLCC main campus, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive, Canandaigua.
For More Information Please go to https://events.flcc.edu/event/womens-history-month-talk


Ithaca College
Ithaca/Finger Lakes
March 13th
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
“Sister Friends 2020”
This year’s theme is focused on celebrating the 100th anniversary of the beginning of a woman’s right to vote. Kathleen Courtney Hochul, Lieutenant Governor of New York, will be our keynote speaker. Hochul spearheaded Governor Cuomo's Enough is Enough campaign to combat sexual assault on college campuses. As the highest-ranking female elected official in New York State, she continues to be a champion for women and families across the state. Governor Cuomo named her the Chair of the New York State Women's Suffrage 100th Anniversary Commemoration Commission.  As Lieutenant Governor, Hochul is the liaison to New York's federal representatives in Washington, D.C.
For More Information Please go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sister-friends-2020-tickets-73735881005?aff=ebdssbdestsearch


Guntzel Theater, Women's Rights National Historical Park
Seneca Falls/Finger Lakes
March 19th
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
“How Did They Do It? Grassroots Social Activism and Emily Howland”
Join the Seneca Falls Historical Society and the Women's National Historic Park in welcoming Rev. Larry Bell as he presents "How Did They Do It? Grass roots social activism, Emily Howland and the battle for political equality," a story about the life and activism of Emily Howland. Mr. Bell's presentation will be located in the Gunter Theater of the Women's National Historic Park on Thursday, March 16th at 6pm.
For More Information Please go to https://www.nps.gov/wori/suffrage-centennial-special-events.htm


Guntzel Theater, Women's Rights National Historical Park
Seneca Falls/Finger Lakes
March 28th
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
“The Pivot: The Marriage Question in the Women's Rights Movement”
Elizabeth Cady Stanton once observed that “this whole question of woman’s rights turns on the pivot of the marriage relation.” Carol Faulkner examines how nineteenth-century feminists and other marriage reformers, including abolitionists, spiritualists, and communications, challenged the legal institution of marriage. In its place, they proposed a variety of alternatives, from consent to liberal divorce to free love. The resulting scandals, including the infamous adultery trial of Henry Ward Beecher, ultimately led the women’s rights movement to downplay the marriage question.
For More Information Please go to https://www.nps.gov/wori/suffrage-centennial-special-events.htm


Buffalo History Museum
Buffalo/Western NY
March 20th
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
“Curator’s Talk with Susan Eck: Woman Suffrage”
Buffalo historian and curator of the Museum’s exhibit, Emblem of Equality: Woman Suffrage in Western New York, Susan Eck, hosts a program on women’s suffrage and the story of suffragist Ada Kendall.
For More Information Please go to https://buffalohistory.org/event/curators-talk-with-susan-eck-woman-suffrage/


Buffalo History Museum
Buffalo/Western NY
March 29th
2:30 pm to 4:00 pm
“Marching with Aunt Susan”
In partnership with the Chromatic Club of Buffalo, musical performers will conduct a program inspired by the history of women’s suffrage.
For More Information Please go to https://buffalohistory.org/event/marching-with-aunt-susan/


Old Fort Niagara
Youngstown/Western NY
March 21st
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
"Fort Niagara's Women of Distinction"
Meet four women from Old Fort Niagara's history, portrayed by living history interpreters. Learn about their lives and material culture. The program will discuss Madame Contrecoeur, wife of Fort Niagara's commandant, Isbella Graham, a British surgeon's wife, Molly Brant, an inflential Mohawk woman, and Betsy Doyle, an American heroine from the War of 1812. Refreshments will follow the presentation and attendees will be able to go behind the scenes to tour Old Fort Niagara's costume shop, where historically accurate period clothing is manufactured. The program will be held at the Fort Niagara Officers Club and an admission ticket is required. Members of the Old Fort Niagara Association are free.
For More Information Please go to https://www.oldfortniagara.org/event/100204/fort-niagaras-women-of-distinction


Fenton History Center
Fenton/Southern Tier
March 28th
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
“Women’s Suffrage Comes Alive at the Fenton”
2020 marks the 100-year anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to our U.S. Constitution which guaranteed women the right to vote. Participate in a guided
tour of the Fenton History Center that brings to life the history of the Women’s Suffrage movement. The tour will be hosted by a costumed guide, and you will visit with some of the women who made suffrage possible in 1920! Women such as Elizabeth Fenton and her daughters, Josephine and Jeannette; Edith Anige; and Louisa Grandin will come to life, portrayed by costumed actors in the historic 1865 mansion.
For More Information Please go to https://fentonhistorycenter.org/event/10670/


Bemus Point Historical Society
Bemus Point/Southern Tier
March 11th
“Clairvoyant Doctress”
Clairvoyant Doctress was the alluring title Antonette Matteson used on her business card. This brilliant and philanthropic women learned from the Indians, made her own “Psychic” remedies, and sold them at Lily Dale.  A Power Point program with a Lily Dale post card tour will tell her story.
For More Information Please go to https://www.bemuspointhistoricalsociety.org/programs