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Learn about Matilda Joslyn Gage, history

by jmaloni
Wed, Nov 2nd 2011 09:55 pm

The North Tonawanda History Museum and the Niagara Frontier Chapter of New York State Women are joining forces to present a program by Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner, an authority on Matilda Joslyn Gage. The program begins at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at the museum, 54 Webster St., North Tonawanda.

The program is funded by the New York Council for the Humanities, Speakers in the Humanities Program, and is free and open to the public.

Although she was considered equally as important as Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony (they were called the "triumvirate of the women's rights movement"), Matilda Joslyn Gage (1828-1898) has been all but written out of history.

Gage offered her Fayetteville, N.Y., home as a station on the Underground Railroad, was adopted into the Wolf Clan of the Mohawk Nation, edited a newspaper, encouraged her son-in-law, L. Frank Baum, to write his "Oz" stories, and worked for the separation of church and state.

Wagner is the founder and executive director of the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation, which operates out of Gage's home.

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