Newburgh Suffragettes: Bike Parade & Community Convening

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Date(s) - 11/11/2017
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm iCal

Newburgh Free Library

A program commemorating the 1895 Suffragette Convention in Newburgh . Newburgh hosted the Suffragette Convention at the Palatine Hotel now the site of the Newburgh Free Library.  The convention marked a transition in leadership and continued the momentum for women obtaining the right to vote until November 6, 1917. In remembering this seminal convention and the hard work of the women rights movement, the Newburgh Suffragette Committee has planned activities to celebrate, learn and talk about Newburgh and women leadership. This multi-part project includes a Bike Parade at 1 p.m. Bicycling was a controversial thing to do for women. Whether you’re a biker, dog walker, or skater, wear all white and ride down Broadway from the Court House to City Hall. At 2 p.m. the “Community Convening” at the library features a panel of experts who will briefly discuss the history of the suffragette movement, the role of black suffragettes, and what it means for civic engagement today. The audience will break into circles to explore themes of solidarity, trust, and action. RSVP is encouraged so the committee can estimate the amount of snacks needed.


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