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"Votes for Women!" Reading and Discussion Program

February 21, 2017, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Geneva Public Library Reading Room
244 Main Street
Geneva, NY 14456

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2017 marks the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage in New York State, and in 2020 the nation will celebrate 100 years of the 19th Amendment. In recognition of the Centennial, the Geneva Public Library and the Geneva Historical Society will host “Votes for Women,” a reading and discussion program this spring.

The history of the American women's suffrage movement spanned seventy years, from the 1848 meeting convened by Elizabeth Cady Stanton in Seneca Falls to the tactics wielded by Alice Paul, and includes overlooked stories and actors such as the African-American suffragists. Participants will explore history, biography, and fiction as a window into this chapter of American social progress and a springboard into ongoing discussions of women's — and by extension, our society's — past, present, and future.

"Votes for Women!" is sponsored by the New York Council for the Humanities and was curated by Laura Free, Associate Professor of History at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva. Discussions will be facilitated by Kerry Lippincott, Executive Director of the Geneva Historical Society. The discussion series will run at the Geneva Public Library on four Tuesdays: February 21, March 21, April 18 and May 16, from 6:30–8:00 p.m. The program is free and open to the public, although pre-registration is required as space is limited.  To register for the program or for more information about acquiring books, please contact the Geneva Public Library  at 315-789-5305.

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The Geneva Public Library is located at 244 Main Street, Geneva, NY.

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